Lough­bor­ough Light­ning get train­ing tips from the po­lice

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS -

LOUGH­BOR­OUGH Light­ning Net­ball team dropped into Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice head­quar­ters to pick up some train­ing tips.

Ten mem­bers of the team were put through their paces by Sergeant Mel Thomas, who took them through some in­tense team build­ing ex­er­cises. They also dis­cussed mind­ful­ness tech­niques in or­der to stay fo­cused, at the top of their game, and achieve their very best.

Sergeant Thomas is no stranger to elite sport­ing stars. In 2016 he trained Olympic Gold swim­ming medal­list Adam Peaty on a sim­i­lar visit to force HQ as he took part in a se­ries of fit­ness tests.

Sergeant Thomas said: “Be­ing the best doesn’t just mean be­ing at the peak of your fit­ness - it also re­quires a strong and healthy mind set and that’s some­thing we speak to of­fi­cers about all the time.

“I’m pleased that we were able to pass on some of those pos­i­tive tech­niques to Lough­bor­ough Light­ning Net­ball team. I hope the force can work with them again in the fu­ture and we wish the team well for the sea­son ahead.”

Sara Bay­man, head coach for Lough­bor­ough Light­ning Net­ball, said: “Our aim was to get the team out of its com­fort zone to see how it op­er­ates un­der pres­sure. It’s been a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and one we can take so much from.

“We’re nur­tur­ing the next crop of fu­ture Eng­land play­ers and any­thing that can give us that added ex­tra is very much ap­pre­ci­ated. There’s so much to learn from be­ing in a new en­vi­ron­ment – par­tic­u­larly one that’s so in­tense.”

Chief Con­sta­ble Si­mon Cole went to greet the team as part of the visit.

He said: “A good team dy­namic is very im­por­tant and hav­ing trust in one an­other. We’re happy to share our knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to­day.”

Lough­bor­ough Light­ning team mem­bers dur­ing a visit to Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice head­quar­ters to pick up some train­ing tips.

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