SHEFFIELD FC, the world’s oldest football club, are seeking to pack a major punch in the Evo-Stik First Division South - after calling in boxing trainer Glyn Rhodes.
Eager to transform their fortunes on the pitch, Club, languishing in 16th place in the table, decided to join forces with Rhodes three months ago.
Now, once a week, Club head to Rhodes’ Sheffield Boxing Centre in Hillsborough for a gruelling workout.
It was assistant manager Ian Whitehorne who spoke to Rhodes initially about the possibility of teaming up.
Whitehorne says the squad “enjoy” taking part in the boxing circuits and told The Star: “Some of the players have said it is the hardest thing they have ever done.”
Whitehorne joked: “It was probably a good thing we had so many games called off over Christmas because of the bad weather as it gave the players more time to recover from the sessions!”
Footballer turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse, who recently started working with Rhodes after splitting from Dave Coldwell, still trains with Club. He recommended the gym to Chris Dolby’s side.
“It has definitely improved the fitness of the side,” said Whitehorne. “It has built a good team spirit and camaraderie in and around the place. The players enjoy it and it is something they look forward to doing every week.”
In the sessions, Rhodes says he has got Sheffield’s squad undertaking a variety of exercises, ranging from punch bag work to sit ups.
“The players attitude has been fantastic,” Rhodes said. “They all encourage each other to work hard and seem to be enjoying it.
“It is all boxing related and they have responded well to everything that I have asked them to do.
“It is great for us having new faces in the gym and I hope we can carry on this partnership forever while they are getting results.”