DURING the lockdown period, the Larne Youth 2006 squad took part in a unique challenge which involved walking, running and cycling a total distance equivalent to the entire coast of Ireland.
Players, coaches and parents covered a combined 900 miles from 27th May and the 17th June in a fantastic team effort, with the camaraderie impressing Head Coach, Simon Paine.
Speaking on the challenge, Simon said “The idea was initially brought forward by the coaches and I was delighted to see the players and parents take the challenge in their stride.
“The squad contributed by covering a set number of miles each week, with some even taking part daily! There were no corners cut, if a player decided to complete a mile on their bike, this would then be handicapped to 800m to ensure everyone was putting in the same amount of effort.
“The activity proved to be a great way of keeping in remote contact during what was a difficult period for everyone, while also providing motivation to keep fit and healthy.”
During the lockdown period, the 2006 team were also tasked with strength & conditioning programmes, running challenges involving 2k and 5k distances, physical workouts and video interviews.
The squad are now back in group training, in line with the Northern Ireland Executive’s guidelines and are looking forward to the new season.