Castleford Tigers’ first team squad enjoyed a break from their usual routine when they spent a day training at a Premiership football club.
Head coach Ian Millward was keen to freshen up the side’s preparation programme following the two friendly fixtures and ahead of the first Super League clash against Warrington Wolves and he took his players to Everton FC’s state of the art training ground at Finch Farm.
With the bulk of the squad under 21, he was delighted to be able to offer them an opportunity to experience an alternative training experience in first-class facilities.
The players met Everton manager David Moyes and their Premier League stars and were put through their paces by members of the Merseyside club’s coaching team, including former players David Weir and Alan Stubbs.
The Tigers stars were treated as Premier League players with their football skills tested in a series of drills before a full fitness session.
With privileged access to the club’s facilities, the squad also made use of the on-site swimming pool as part of their rehab session.
The Cas players adapted well to the change in training with Everton’s coaching team full of praise for the attitude of the entire squad and the way they responded to the intensity of the fitness session.
Millward said: “All staff at Everton FC couldn’t have been more obliging. They have outstanding facilities at Finch Farm and it was a real privilege for the guys to be able to experience that.
“It was a different challenge for them, but they really enjoyed the day and were buzzing from start to finish.”