Falkirk’s players don’t just train with a ball on the pitch at The Falkirk Stadium - they also utilise local sports facilities.
In the days when Alex Ferguson was at Brockville he’d head for Johnny Baikie’s snooker hall. Others would drop into the bookies or local hostelries to replenish lost fluids.
Now, footballers are a different breed, or at least, they should be.
When Falkirk had use of the Craig Gowans football centre at the Stirling University training base, they could utilise the Uni’s gym facilities
But, now based back at The Falkirk Stadium, where there is little room for a media room during the week, never mind a gymnasium, they’ve struck up a deal with Falkirk Community Trust.
The likes of Mark Millar, Will Vaulks and Craig Sibbald leave Falkirk Stadium around 12.30 p.m. each day and head for the gym - not the snooker hall.
Players can use Grangemouth swimming pool at the Abbots Road sports complex or the gym and conditioning equipment at Grangemouth Sports Stadium’s indoor track to follow the conditioning programme handed out by physio Kris Robertson.
“They all have their individual programmes to follow, or at least ones they should be following,” said Robertson. “The gym work is an important extra to their training regimes in the morning on the pitch, and use of the facilities is important.”
Business development manager Kieran Koszary said: “As a football club we’re extremely grateful for the partnership which greatly enhances the fitness programme options available for the club.”
This deal further strengthens and enhances an existing partnership already in place where any Falkirk Football Club season ticket holder will get 10 per cent discount on gym membership.
Karen Armstrong, the health and fitness co-ordinator for Falkirk Community Trust said: “We are delighted to have this partnership in place with Falkirk Football Club, as this is a perfect fit for two local sports organisations, which are working together for mutual benefit.”