Strong arm of the law New re­cruits try rugby

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Tom GIBBON [email protected]­

AGROUP of newly re­cruited po­lice of­fi­cers have been given a bru­tal wel­come to the phys­i­cal as­pect of their job in a train­ing ses­sion with Glouces­ter Rugby.

Back row for­ward Lewis Lud­low put 15 stu­dent of­fi­cers, some of the po­lice’s own train­ers and Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Jon Strat­ford through their paces at his club’s Hart­pury Col­lege train­ing ground.

DCC Strat­ford said: “We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate Lewis and the staff at Glouces­ter Rugby for giv­ing us their time and mak­ing their fa­cil­i­ties avail­able to en­able our stu­dent of­fi­cers to ex­pe­ri­ence what it is like to train at Glouces­ter Rugby.

“The ses­sion was phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing but also good fun. Lewis struck just the right bal­ance, mix­ing it up, re­quir­ing those par­tic­i­pat­ing to work un­der pres­sure and as a team.”

The event was or­gan­ised as a way of show­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the of­fi­cers for their hard work dur­ing their in­duc­tion pe­riod while also high­light­ing the im­por­tance of phys­i­cal and men­tal fit­ness.

DCC Strat­ford added: “I al­ways at­tend a phys­i­cal train­ing ses­sion with our new re­cruits as it al­lows me to get to know them whilst giv­ing them the chance to get to know a chief of­fi­cer.

“The aim is to im­press upon our re­cruits the im­por­tance of keep­ing them­selves fit for the chal­lenges ahead of them.

“The main mes­sage I try to get across to our re­cruits is that is fit­ness is a state of mind not a state of body and very im­por­tant given polic­ing can be both phys­i­cally and men­tally de­mand­ing.”

Su­per­in­ten­dent Jane Probert, who also at­tended, said: “This was an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate the im­por­tance of team work to our stu­dent of­fi­cers, led by a premier­ship rugby role model such as Lewis.”

Mr Lud­low said: “Hav­ing al­ways had an in­ter­est in the po­lice, and it be­ing some­thing which I would like to be in­volved in post rugby, it is a huge hon­our to be able to work with the po­lice force and give some­thing back af­ter all the hard work they do for us.

“I had the op­por­tu­nity to go and spend the day with Glouces­ter­shire Con­stab­u­lary’s dog sec­tion in the sum­mer, where I had a great time and which I was grate­ful for. So, when this op­por­tu­nity came up I knew I had to do it.

“Be­ing in a rugby team and the po­lice force aren’t too dis­sim­i­lar, in fact you’re in a team where ev­ery­one has a role and you need to look af­ter your mates in or­der to get the job done. This can be both phys­i­cal and men­tal and hope­fully this came through in train­ing.

“If the op­por­tu­nity was there to make this a more reg­u­lar thing and get a closer con­nec­tion be­tween Glouces­ter Rugby and the po­lice force then that can only be a good thing for both par­ties”.

The new po­lice re­cruits take on the chal­lenge at Hart­pury Col­lege

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