Gareth joins Warmley lads (for lunch)

February 03 2017

LADS from Warmley Rangers U18s greeted a special lunch guest when they visited the FA's national football centre - England manager Gareth Southgate.

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LADS from Warmley Rangers U18s greeted a special lunch guest when they visited the FA's national football centre - England manager Gareth Southgate.

The team of 12 players visited St George's Park in Burton Upon Trent courtesy of an invite from the Football Association but it was an added bonus to meet the former England international.

They took part in a 90 minute training session conducted by a UEFA A accredited coach on one of the many 3G pitches at the 330-acre complex. 

This was followed by a tour of the campus, which is the home of the English National team as well as a stop off point for premiership teams playing in the Midlands and overseas teams playing Champions League Football in the UK. 

Whilst the boys were enjoying their lunch, they were joined by the new England manager.

Warmley Rangers U18s manager Chris Pring said: "Gareth Southgate was only too happy to take some time out of his busy schedule to talk to the lads and coaches as well as pose for photos.With lunch over, the team moved into the Futsal arena where they had an hour's coaching on the format of the game which the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Mata all played and developed their football talent playing back in their home countries."

The team ended their special day with post training recovery featuring an hour's session in the state-of-the-art hydrotherapy suite which includes an underwater treadmill, a variable depth pool and two contrast pools to assist with rehabilitation and recovery.

Chris said: "It was a thoroughly enjoyable day f and we are looking to return in the not too distant future for further development opportunities."