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Yoga sessions helping squad

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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Yoga mats and boxing gloves were brought out to help Forest Green Rovers keep competitive as downpours disrupted training.

Unable to train on the sodden pitches at their Royal Agricultural College base, Rovers boss Dave Hockaday got creative. He called in favours at old club Cirencester Town and with former Rovers star Alex Sykes – now a teacher at Rednock School – for the use of artificial pitches.

But when all else has failed, out have come the yoga mats and boxing gloves for a training session with a difference.

"We have been really lucky with the way people have helped us out," said Hockaday.

"Cirencester Town were able to help us with the use of their indoor arena, we were even luckier that Rednock School helped out with the use of their 3G surface. We were back out at Rednock on Tuesday, while on Monday we had a great double session doing some yoga and boxing."

Hockaday said the two pursuits offer the perfect blend for a busy football schedule.

"Boxing is good for hand-eye coordination and upper body strength and for core strength too," he said. "But when you double it up with yoga, which focuses on flexibility, controlling your breathing and relaxing and it's a great contradiction to the boxing work."

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