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4 March 2022

The gym at Boots and Laces Training Ground has undergone a refurbishment following a £6,500 donation from The Shrimpers Trust.

Work was done to improve the facility for the squad and help make it a better environment for first-team and academy players to work, as well as aid in the rehabilitation of players' recovery from injury.
The room was painted, flooring improved and new equipment purchased, including new exercise bikes.
Shrimpers Trust Board member, Simon Dodd, explained: "Last autumn we were contacted by the club to aid in the refurbishment and purchasing of new equipment in the gym and we were only delighted to add to the normal sponsorship we do and have done for the last number of years. Looking around, it’s obviously been spent well and the players seem to be responding to it as well.”
Head Coach, Kevin Maher, said the support from the Trust is hugely appreciated: "The gym is a massive part of the club, players spend a lot of time in it and it was something that was desperately needed. For the Trust to donate such a good amount is brilliant. We’re very grateful to them. They’ve helped the club for a long time, going back to when I was a player, and it’s important that the players know who contributes to the facilities they have here, so they realise the work that people put in.”
Lead Sport Scientist, Stefano Russo, said the gym is a vital asset of the players' weekly routine: "Without the support from the Trust we wouldn’t be able to do as much as we have done. We’ve been able to invest in some bikes which is a big boost for us because it was an area we’ve been lacking on and it’s not just from a rehab point of view but a performance point of view. It’s allowed us to broaden our sessions with the players. We’re definitely seeing the boys in the gym a lot more because of the improvements.”
The club would also like to thank the supporters who joined CEO Tom Lawrence in painting the gym walls back in the summer.
Watch the video above for free (or on YouTube below) as we caught up with Simon Dodd, Kevin Maher and Stefano Russo to discuss the refurb.

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