HALIFAX assistant coach Lee Greenwood believes the move to the club’s new training base at Calderdale College is certain to yield long term dividends on the field.
Fax, under the new regime of Greenwood and boss Karl Harrison, are now using the College’s recently-completed sports centre as part of a partnership agreement which was officially unveiled earlier this week.
With a sports hall, full size 3G playing surface and a gym, it spells an end to a problem that has dogged the club going back over a decade.
“Even when we were in Super League, it was never great and we struggled for places to train,” said Greenwood, who also runs the College’s rugby league academy.
“But I think the facilities up at the College now are probably better than those at a lot of Super League clubs .
“It also means that if you sign for Halifax, you know you are going to be training in Halifax, which hasn’t always been the case.
“We’ve got two two-hour sessions every week on a 3G surface, which basically means you can complete the session you planned, whatever the weather.
“Look at Monday night this week; it was snowing pretty heavily up there but we were able to carry on and do what we wanted to do.
“We’re getting to the time of year now where a lot of clubs, even Super League clubs, will have to cancel sessions or start trying to find somewhere indoors at the last minute.
“We’ll probably move one of the sessions on to grass somewhere when the season starts, but we can do 99 per cent of what we need to up there.
“It means our preparation should be a lot more consistent than it has been in the past and we’ll see the benefits of that on the field.”
Long-term, Greenwood also sees significant benefits for the development of sport in Calderdale, not just rugby league.
“There are a lot of junior teams using it, both football and rugby league,” he said.
“The Siddal under 15s and 16s are there, which is a lot different to what I grew up with, training under one floodlight at Chevinedge in the mud.
“The quality of training they can do is just completely different now.
“It’s definitely going to benefit sport in the area over the next few years.”
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