University Hosts Brewers’ Training Session

The University of Derby has come to the aid of Burton Albion FC to host a training session.

The League Two club’s training session was called off yesterday due to sub-zero temperatures and the Brewers have been looking for an alternative venue.

They usually train at the FA Centre at Rangemore but it has closed for the second time this month because of the weather and the struggle to get a supply of diesel to run the generators for the undersoil heating.

However, the University of Derby’s 3G pitch was available today and ground staff at the Derby Campus prepared the surface in preparation for the last-minute training session.

The club’s Manager Paul Peschisolido has himself been snowbound in the West Midlands but was busy looking for an alternative venue and the club has close links with the University of Derby through its Team Derby sports excellence arm led by Ollie Shearer and work with Dr Peter Jones and his sports science academics.

Ollie Shearer, the University’s Sports Development Manager, said: “We took a call from the club today to see if we can support them and because there is no formal teaching this week the pitch was available. We have developed strong links with the club and were delighted we could help.”

The Brewers’ Assistant Manager Gary Rowett led a training session with about 16 members of the Brewers squad this morning at the Kedleston Road site.

The club’s physio Guy Johnson is a Derby graduate who studied BA (Hons) Sports Science and graduated in 2003. He said: “It is important to maintain match fitness levels to try to find alternative venues for our training sessions so we are delighted the University could help at short notice.”

Burton Albion hope to return to action when they visit Northampton Town on Boxing Day, kickoff at 3pm.

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