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Somerset players go back to university

Somerset’s players made the short trip over the border to Devon recently in order to use the training facilities at the University of Exeter.

Somerset has always had strong links with our neighbours and current Club Captain, Tom Abell graduated from the University in 2015.

Somerset Head of Strength & Conditioning, Joel Tratt explains how the visit came about.

“We were invited down there by the Strength & Conditioning staff at the University,” he said. “I’ve got to know them quite well over the last few years because the world of S&C is quite a small place!

“We were talking and they suggested that we bring the players down, so I gratefully accepted. I knew the lads would love it there because the facilities are world class, especially from a Strength & Conditioning perspective. To be offered the chance to go down there was brilliant and it was nice to be able to get the guys away from our normal environment.”

“Essentially we were doing similar work to what we usually do at the Club, but putting the players in a different environment creates a new energy and competitiveness amongst the boys. That resulted in a brilliant training day and it would be great to be able to do it again one day.

“We had a great day and the boys absolutely loved it. It’s a great place to train and develop as an athlete.”

Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Exeter, Wayne Pattinson said: “Having Joel and the Somerset players at the University is great for our environment. It allows both Strength & Conditioning coaches to share ideas, which can only benefit the University cricket programme.

“It’s a fantastic experience for our cricketers to interact with County and International players. The players and staff were great to be around and it’s brilliant to have them at our facility, and we would love to welcome them again.”

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