Mark Allen: We can learn from Bradley Wiggins
- Wed 25 Jul 2012, 8:33AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
In the third week of Mark Allen's blog, City's Head of Academy is in Portugal where he cites the example of Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins as an inspiration for his plans going into the new season.
Watching Bradley Wiggins win the Tour De France jolted me and showed me what a team effort can really achieve.
To me, that was the epitome of what can happen when a team pulls together in the same direction and individuals sacrifice themselves for the collective.
It’s an analogy that I’d like to use in the Academy – we have players who possess excellent potential, have support staff who are first-class and here in Portugal, we’re using facilities that are the best of their kind around - now we need to keep gelling together as an operation and pushing forward from here.
This complex in Obidos really has everything we need – from a dedicated goalkeeping area for our three goalkeepers as well as a small-sided and larger pitch that suit all of our phase-based drills, including the technical and tactical sessions that Adam Sadler works on with the team.
Adam really lives for the game - this is something which comes to the fore every time I watch him at training. You can see that he thinks a lot about his sessions in advance and knows exactly what he wants his teams to get out of them.
I said to Adam this morning: this is your domain and we’re here at your service to ensure that you get everything you need while we’re here.
...Mark Allen on Adam Sadler...
We are in the second phase of pre-season and the players have been through their fitness tests at Platt Lane to make sure they’re ready for the new season – now it’s a case of match preparation and players staking a claim for involvement next campaign.
This next clutch of fixtures is a great opportunity to knock on the door and show that they're worthy of a shirt.
It’s a great chance for us to bring the younger schoolboys of the under-16s away to Portugal to get them used to the type of environment that they will be in as potential first-year scholars next year and learn the ropes in a kind-of mini-apprenticeship.
We play three games on this trip, one against Leiria, the local side, then we come up against Benfica and Sporting Lisbon which promise to be two huge tests for the team against technically strong opposition.
It’s about being a great person as well as a great player and I think that you can see that with the boys so far on this trip, the way that they’re carrying themselves as ambassadors of the football club – it’s something I’ll be hoping to see continue over the next nine days.