FC Halifax Town: “I have more at my disposal this year to inform my decision-making” says Wild on new training equipment

FC Halifax Town boss Pete Wild says he will go into the new season with more information on his players than ever before.

Thursday, 17th September 2020, 4:07 pm
1 September 2020 ..... Manager Pete Wild with his Halifax Town players back pre-season training for the start of the National League Picture Tony Johnson

Wild is hoping to benefit from the use of GPS equipment and a drone during training, which will now take place four days a week, as well as an increase in his backroom team with the addition of first-team coach Joe Sargison and strength and conditioning coach Adam Simpson.
“We’re very lucky that we’ve got full GPS equipment, which we only had for matchdays last year, but we’ve got that every day now,” Wild said.

“That allows us to look at load, how much we’re getting into the players, what the players are doing every day.

“That really gives us a chance to assess what we’re getting out of training, are we getting the right amount of distance out of them etc.

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“It’s been another massive addition for us in terms of monitoring what we’re getting into the lads.”

When asked what kind of information the GPS technology will allow Wild to access, the Town manager said: “How many high speed runs they’re doing a day, how many kilometres they’re doing a day, what sort of distance per minute they’re doing.

“Fans might look at that and go ‘it’s just numbers’ but that really informs what we do in training and how we shape training on a daily basis.

“So it really helps us.”

Wild says the club’s drone will be used less frequently than the GPS equipment, but will still serve a useful purpose.”We’ve had that up a couple of times. It’s not up every day but gives us a different angle on our shape,” he said.

“The chairman allowed us to buy a system called huddle, which is where you do the individual clips, and that allows us to have a look at team shape we’ve worked on throughout the week.

“Again, all those little things inform what we’re trying to do on the training ground. Every little helps.

“I’m not getting carried away with the use of a drone or GPS, but I do have more at my disposal this year to inform my decision-making than I did last year, which can only be a good thing.”

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