British Army experience for Tottenham Hotspur at Sandhurst and Aldershot training day
The Army Women’s Football Team hosted Tottenham Hotspur Women’s Super League players as they enjoyed a side-by-side training day at Sandhurst and Aldershot.
The day was organized for players from both sides to exchange tips and knowledge on football skills, teamwork and leadership.
The military players held firm alongside the stars of the Women’s Super League, as they trained under the watchful eye of Spurs head coach Rehanne Skinner.
Staff Sergeant Yvette Kemp, who helped organize the event, said: “We have Rehanne Skinner and her coaching staff taking the girls for a football session which is absolutely fantastic.
“For our girls, these girls are role models for them. We watch these girls week after week on TV, so playing alongside them is a day they will never forget.”
The Tottenham Hotspur women also visited the grounds at Sandhurst where they got a taste of what it’s like to work in the military.
They were also introduced to the Role Fitness Test Soldier, a form of basic training for army soldiers as well as an introduction to Log PT.
Rehanne Skinner, Tottenham Hotspur FC Women’s head coach, hopes harnessing the team player and obvious leadership qualities of a soldier will benefit her team.
She said: “There’s a lot we can take away from today, learning some of the things women in the military have done and the things they do on a daily basis.
“It’s just very difficult and obviously they’re very committed to everything they’re trying to achieve here. I think it’s inspiring.
“We’re learning through some of their functional testing, the things that are really important for being in difficult situations, how to work as a team and the element of resilience associated with that is really important, so hopefully we can learn lessons that help us move forward.”
Hoping this is the first of many training sessions between the two sides, Hotspurs fullback Ash Neville said she was looking forward to the army coming to train at their grounds in the future.
She said: “It’s a great group of girls who made us feel very welcome today. We had a few conversations with them and gave them some good information so they could move forward on the pitch.
“I can’t wait for them to come and do one of our sessions. I think it will be a lot of fun.”
Army player Sergeant Amber Marsh hopes these training days will get their season off to a positive start following their Inter Services disappointment this year.
She said: “Just seeing a professional team like this, how they train and the things they do, hopefully we can incorporate some of that into our roster and hopefully win Inter. Service this year.”