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AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Storm already eyeing next season
SWINDON Storm head coach Nick White is already looking forward to next season as he and his players look to build on all they achieved in their first year as a competitive team.
After years of struggle Storm eventually gained acceptance to the British American Football League for the first time at the start of this season, and despite being largely made up of players with no experience of competitive football they managed to end the year 3-7.
White is proud of everything his players were able to achieve in their first season despite former head coach Steve Bennett leaving halfway through the campaign to tour Afghanistan with the RAF, and is already looking forward to preparing for their second year in National South.
“If you watch game film from the first couple of games of this season and then again from the end of the season you will see a world of difference because the team has really come together,” he said.
“In Steve’s absence we have developed a few leaders and a number of individuals have really stepped up and taken on important roles.
“We’ve had a fantastic season on all counts, and now we will have a couple of weeks off before we get back in there and get going with some strength and conditioning training.
“We are hoping to have a couple of friendlies in October which will be good for us so we can give the new players a bit more game time because that it’s something they have maybe lacked.
“There will probably be a few reshuffles and players trying new things but predominantly we will spend the off-season working on some fitness.”
Storm will also spend much of the winter trying to recruit new players, and White believes Storm’s impressive debut season makes the club more of a draw in the recruitment market.
“We are looking to fill the numbers up a bit because that’s really important to teams like ourselves,” he said.
“The benefit we might see from everything we’ve done this season is that players from the local area who are currently playing for other teams might take a look at us.
“We are moving upwards and have shown we are competitive in this league which will hopefully convince a few people.”
As well as having a stall at both the Swindon College and New College freshers fayre today, Storm are running two free taster sessions on two successive Mondays on September 9 and 16.
The sessions are being held at Swindon RFC on Greenbridge Road from 6.45pm to 9pm with all equipment supplied by the club, apart from gum shields which can be bought for £3 on the night.
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