The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

TEAM Build­ing is a highly so­phis­ti­cated mat­ter in a mod­ern football club. I have heard all sorts of tales about the ex­tent to which clubs go to build team spirit.

When you aren’t blessed with huge re­sources, you have to achieve the de­sired out­comes as well as you can.

So, last week at Steve­nage, we took up an of­fer to nip out be­tween train­ing ses­sions and play a quick nine hole Texas scram­ble in the pour­ing rain at the Steve­nage Golf Cen­tre. Noth­ing re­mark­able about that I hear you cry! But there was some­thing very re­mark­able about the video of the lads tee­ing off on the first hole. If laugh­ter is truly the best medicine then we took a mas­sive dose of it watch­ing that nine-minute film.

We saw a very con­sid­ered swing re­sult in a player miss­ing the ball, slip­ping and fall­ing over. We saw the cam­era­man div­ing for cover from the most hor­rific shank. We watched an in­cred­i­ble eight con­sec­u­tive airshots from one lad. And a beau­ti­ful swing and divot, which caused up­roar when the divot was re­placed to re­veal... the ball had rolled two inches un­derneath it! We even dis­cov­ered a pup­peteer who brought an an­i­mal head cover to life.

What we thought would be a nice lunchtime diver­sion served a mas­sive role in bring­ing our team closer. Money can sure buy nice things. But the best things in life are def­i­nitely free.

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