REDS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AMBER VALLEY GYM
Wednesday Sep 14, 2011
ALFRETON Town Football Club have announced a fantastic community partnership with Somercotes-based Amber Valley Gym.
The entire Reds squad have been given free membership to the highly regarded gym and have been using the excellent facilities on a regular basis.
Most of the players like the set-up so much that they have been dropping in after the club's official day-time training sessions to do extra conditioning work.
The gym is situated next to the Royal Tiger public house on Nottingham Road and is owned and run by James Owen, Gary Newbury and son Vinnie Newbury.
James explained: "The three of us were fed up of paying too much for training at places which didn't have the proper equipment and which lacked the professionalism we needed.
"We decided to open our own gym around 16 months ago and it has really taken off, especially over the past few months.
"The gym is open to people from all walks of life and we have forged links with local professional boxing clubs, body builders, martial arts clubs, and many more.
"We are delighted to be able to help out Alfreton Town Football Club and we are currently doing a lot of conditioning sessions which will be very beneficial to them."
Club physiotherapist Paul Madin has been tailoring the use of specific pieces of equipment at the gym to suit individual players' requirements.
Alfreton Town commercial manager Steve Elliott said: "This is an extremely generous offer from the proprietors of the gym and will be of great value to the club, we can't thank them enough."
More information about Amber Valley Gym can be found on their Facebook page under Amber Valley Training Ltd.
Meanwhile, the Reds will be hoping to play the role of party spoilers on Saturday when they travel to take on fifth-placed Kidderminster Harriers.
The Worcestershire club are celebrating their 125th anniversary and there will be various things going on from a balloon release to some young dancers proving pitch entertainment.
There will also be a parade at half-time of former players.
Alfreton will also be presented with a special pendant which the Harriers have had produced especially to mark Kidderminster's milestone in their history.
With the permission of the Football Conference, the host team will be wearing a one-off kit which will be red and white halved shirts, black shorts and red socks, trying to replicate the kit they wore 125 years ago.
Alfreton go in search of a first win in three games having slipped to a 1-0 home defeat against Braintree Town last Saturday.
ATFC Supporters' Association transport departs at 10.45am for the Kidderminster game. Seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.