Chris Hughton turns his mind to making a few suggestions on pre-season preparation for part-time footballers with little scope or time for full training.
UNFORTUNATELY, FOR MOST amateur footballers they have a full week's work as well and therefore a lot of their work has to be stamina based.
Most amateur sides will train once, twice a week and some individuals might only make one session as week - so the training has to be stamina based which means running.
Can they do running outside that training? That would obviously help. Football-wise, I'd look towards possession-type work, six against six, seven against seven where you can work for longer periods of time and have more recovery inbetween.
There is a variety of things you can do. A lot depends on the training area as well, if it's a larger area, there it more work involved, smaller area and it's about shorter, sharper sprints.
I would always say to end with running work that everyone can do. When you do possession work - you can hide.
It would be ideal for teams to play their way into fitness with a number of pre-season games, but often that's not feasible in working life. There are occasions when not everyone can turn up.
I would say a good stamina base is important going into games. The easiest and obvious way to pick up injuries is when you fitness levels are less than the teams you are playing against. That's when you pick them up.
The fitter you are, you put yourself in a better position. Before games, it's all about the boring aspect of a good warm-up and stretching. We take it for granted now on the professional side but, in amateur football at times, that would be the last thing they would spend time on.
Overall, I would say work on stamina and do your stretches.