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City youngsters put to the test

25th July 2018

City's Academy players have been tested by staff from York St Johns University as part of a blossoming partnership between the two organisations.

The youngsters underwent a special 'pre-season test' to measure all physical aspects of their performance at the start of their time with the club.

City's head of youth Dan Wilson said: "It is the first pre-season that we have done this in conjuction with York St Johns' University and it gives us the benefits of their facilities and the experience of their staff who guided the tests.

"We took heights and weights, we took a centimetre jump test, and they were tested in sprints at 5, 10, 20, and 30 metre intervals," he said. "They also completed a '505 agility run' and a '3015 fitness test'. All this gives us a comprehensive overview of a new player's physical attributes.

"It gives us information about where they are physically and allows us to track their progress over the next two years," he added.

Wilson, who works alongside youth team manager Sam Collins, said: "We are looking to strengthen our links with York St Johns' University this year.

"We have created a number of internships within the football club in areas such as sports coaching, therapy, science, and analysis which gives their students opportunities to gain real-world experience at a professional football club.

"All the students involved will be working alongside our staff on a weekly basis from Under-19 level down."

Main photo (above): Midfielder Nathan Dyer during the sprint test at York St Johns' University. 

Photo (above): Dale Forsdyke, Subject Director in Sports Injury Management at York St Johns' University, working with the City youngsters.

Photo (above): Defender Jake Watson is put through his paces as team-mates look on.

Photo (above): Youth team manager Sam Collins and head of youth Dan Wilson (pictured right) look on as Jamie Salter, Lecturer in Coaching Science, tests the speed of James Shaw.

Photo (above): Academy defender Jack Cawthorne warming-up at the start of the session.

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