Soccer team learn the ropes at Glyn Rhodes’ boxing gym

India on tour: Members of TATA Football Academy with trainers Steve Bailey, centre left, and Glyn Rhodes.    Picture: martyn harrison
India on tour: Members of TATA Football Academy with trainers Steve Bailey, centre left, and Glyn Rhodes. Picture: martyn harrison
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If you want to know anything about football, don’t ask Glyn Rhodes.

The Sheffield Boxing Centre trainer doesn’t have the first clue about the nation’s number one pastime.

So he was a tad surprised when his amateur coach Steve Bailey organised for 25 members of a visiting Indian football academy to come to his gym. “I couldn’t believe how many of them turned up - I was worried I wouldn’t have enough gloves,” said Rhodes. “Considering they didn’t speak English and I don’t know the first thing about football, it went really well!

“We did some circuit training and I tried to explain the importance of balance in boxing. They enjoyed it and want to come back next week and go a few rounds with some of our professionals.”

The U19 soccer team will also play against the likes of Handsworth, Sheffield FC, and Hallam.