Crewe Alexandra players, students, staff in gym at Reaseheath College

A Nantwich college hopes its cutting edge sport science kit will help Crewe Alexandra return to winning ways!

Reaseheath College is offering its new sports science laboratory in the campus gym to first team players at Gresty Road.

And they’ll be hoping it helps Crewe shrug off a dismal run of five straight defeats in the new League One season.

The squad has already carried out a maximal fitness test on a top-of-the-range medical treadmill.

Data is being used by Andy Franks, head of sports science and conditioning at Crewe Alexandra, to check base level fitness of each player and to set training programmes.

Data collection was carried out by Reaseheath sport performance students, who are hoping to progress to careers in coaching or sport fitness.

Course manager Richard Brooke said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to practise and develop their skills by working with local, talented, professional athletes.

“Our students learn sports science and coaching techniques as part of their course and this has been a chance for them to see how critical these skills are in the industry they plan to join.

“We have also been delighted to support Crewe Alex.”

Andy Franks said: “This has been a great opportunity which has been much appreciated by first team players and our sports science staff.

“By using sophisticated testing equipment we have been able to set accurate training zones for our pre-season training programmes, individualised for each player.”

Players will be hoping for more fortune when they return for retesting later in the season to check their progress.

Reaseheath delivers the academic training to Crewe Alexandra Academy apprentices, with scholars achieving best grades in the country.

In return, many of Reaseheath’s sports performance students complete work experience with Crewe, gaining an insight into the possibilities of career progression within the football industry.

Reaseheath’s new gym is used to train students on sports performance and public services courses and is open to the college’s staff and students.

(Pic: Crewe Alex players Jon Guthrie, Brad Inman, Perry Ng and Anthony Grant join Richard Brooke, Andy Franks, Reaseheath sports lecturer Stuart Fisher, Crewe Alex assistant sport scientist Ben Cope and sports performance students James Brown, Stephen Ganley and James Earl)

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