AFL lads to train in the surf
THE Gold Coast Football Club have been putting their young guns through their paces with some unique off-season training programs that the Tweed’s AFL clubs might think about incorporating into the schedule for the coming season.
As the build up to the new AFL franchises inaugural VFL season gathers momentum, coach Guy McKenna threw his boys into the deep end last week for training of a different kind – surf lifesaving.
The course will run for eight weeks and is an essential component of the club’s community program.
It also ensures the playing squad, who have come together from all over the nation, embrace the Gold Coast culture of sun, surf and sand, and GCFC football manager Marcus Ashcroft believes the course is an important part of the players’ development program.
“Taking the environment and culture of the Gold Coast into account, it is essential for the players to obtain the skills of a surf lifesaver and long term they will be able to put back into the community by potentially doing patrols on the beaches,” he said.
“The bronze medallion incorporates a lot of our conditioning and recovery training and also gives the players an involvement outside of football.”
The bronze medallion is the minimum requirement for an active surf lifesaver and GCFC players will need to demonstrate proficiency in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care, as well as anatomy and physiology.
To ensure the elite team of young men got the best advice, Surf Life Saving’s king and queen of the waves - champion ironman Ky Hurst and ironwoman Hayley Bateup - were on hand for the first session.
The course will include theory andrescue techniques.