WE WERE GAME FOR A LAUGH AT GOLF
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.