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Southampton striker Danny Ings gives a Premier League pep talk to Thorley Manor FC youngsters on their return to socially-distanced football training




Premier League star Danny Ings gave Thorley Manor youngsters a pep talk as they returned to training.

The Southampton striker, who has also represented Liverpool and Burnley and has been capped by England, sent the players a personalised video message to inspire them as they got back to working on their skills.

The club have worked hard to keep ahead of the game during the coronavirus crisis, with children now training in groups of five with one coach following the lockdown easing.

Thorley Manor FC founder and coach Greg Sambridge pauses a training session for a selfie with, from left, Olly Charles Wood, Freddie Millar-Bond and Kieran Parkes
Thorley Manor FC founder and coach Greg Sambridge pauses a training session for a selfie with, from left, Olly Charles Wood, Freddie Millar-Bond and Kieran Parkes

Risk assessments have been carried out and training sessions developed on a weekly basis, with each player having their own zone/area to play in.

The club have also provided every child with a Covid-19 training pack to ensure they have their own equipment to train with and to use at home. The bag, which has the club logo and the player's initials on it, includes a football, two bibs and a pack of cones.

Parents have commented on how glad they are to see their children get back to enjoying activity outside of the home while coaches have found the youngsters' mental health has really improved by just going to training, playing, socialising and having a reason to get out of the house.

One of the training bags given to Thorley Manor players on their return
One of the training bags given to Thorley Manor players on their return

The club are making plans for when restrictions ease further and are keeping in touch with the Royston Crow Youth League to be ready for whenever the new season can start.


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