Former Arsenal star drafted in to boost pre-season training

July 06 2013

THE Sound of Wimbledon may only just be fading, and the Ashes series is only now gearing up, but footballers in the area are dusting off their boots to start pre-season training. David Hillier, an FA Cup winner for Arsenal under George Graham has been drafted in to the first two training sessions on July 3 and 10.

THE Sound of Wimbledon may only just be fading, and the Ashes series is only now gearing up, but footballers in the area are dusting off their boots to start pre-season training.

Frampton Cotterell Athletic, for example, get underway on July 3 at their Beesmoor Playing Field HQ. But in an attempt to cheer up any slacking players, and in an attempt to attract new blood to the club, officials feel they have an ace up their sleeve.

David Hillier, an FA Cup winner for Arsenal under George Graham has been drafted in to the first two training sessions on July 3 and 10.

Mark Hammond, a fitness trainer with professional clubs has also agreed to take some sessions as the club look to gain an early season fitness advantage.

Yinka Brownlow manages the reserve side that was promoted last season to Division 2 of the Bristol and District league.

He hopes the club as a whole can maintain the momentum;

"We are hoping to kick on, both teams are looking for promotion this season. The first team want to eventually get back to Western League standard, and we want the reserves to get close to the firsts so there is not such a step up in standards for players making the switch".

Yinka says the club is always looking for new players to join them and promises pre-season won't be all pain.

The club has organised a go-karting day, paintballing and a short pre-season tour to help team bonding. The players won't have much time to get their fitness levels up.

Pre-season friendlies get underway on 10th August and the season itself starts on the 24th August - when the fifth test between England and Australia will still be in play.