King's Lynn Town boss hails 'massive' boost from new training programme
King's Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse believes the club's new hybrid training model is a big step towards the club eventually going full-time.
The club has secured daytime training facilities at Alive Lynnsport and has begun training there on two mornings and one evening a week.
Lynn's training plan also includes arranged breakfasts, lunches and vitamins, engaged sports scientists and dietary specialists as they bid to keep pace with the full-time clubs in the National League.
Culverhouse said: "It is absolutely massive for the development of this football club and its progression.
"It is about trying to grow it further as it has moved on at a massive pace in the last two years.
"It's another step towards professionalism and making it as a professional environment for the players as we can.
"We can do a lot more analysis with the staff we've got and work one-to-one with the players.
Culverhouse added: "It's massive as it gives me more contact time with the squad and will give the players a lot more rest after work.
"They won't have to jump in their cars and travel two hours in their cars to come to training at the end of a working day.
"I'm grateful to Stephen (Cleeve) for letting us have a go at it because it might just give us the chance to stay in this league."
With performance analyst Matt Loades and sports scientist Ben Algar arriving at the club over the summer, a lot of the workload has been taken off the shoulders of Culverhouse and his trusted assistant Paul Bastock.
Algar already had two years of experience with Leicester City and Norwich City before becoming part of the backroom team at The Walks.
His role involves analysing the players’ physical attributes, consulting with the manager about physical performance and producing physical data reports regarding weekly training load.
It has allowed Lynn's management team to concentrate on putting the players through their paces on the training field and Bastock recently admitted: “With Ben and Matt we have a lot more input on fitness on teams and analytics.
"We have got all this information which we never had before.
"It was just me and the gaffer before, we were Youtubing and trying to find out everything we could through the internet and now we get all the information, we can prepare the boys right."