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The boys are back

3 July 2014

Wanderers kicked off their pre-season training schedule yesterday with a session at a state-of-the-art facility at the Buckinghamshire New University.

Gareth Ainsworth’s squad underwent a series of assessments at the university’s Human Performance Laboratory, which provides data to help prepare training plans for the players and reduce the risk of injuries over the coming months.

The testing was overseen by the Blues’ new medical team of physiotherapist Cian O’Doherty and head of conditioning and fitness Dave Wates, who returns to the club having previously held a role as youth team sports scientist.

Today the Blues returned to more familiar surroundings at their training base in Booker for meetings and their first session on grass, where players old and new began putting preparations in place for the 2014/15 campaign.

Ainsworth, his assistant Richard Dobson and goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson had worked tirelessly in the days leading up to the start of the training regime, cleaning, painting and refurbishing the training ground themselves in readiness for the squad’s return.

Match action begins with a pre-season friendly at Cheshunt on Saturday 12th July before the visit of Premier League giants Chelsea to Adams Park for Matt Bloomfield’s testimonial on Wednesday 16th July.

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