The Accrington Wildcats have returned home unscathed after coming through a gruelling assignment as part of their off-season training.
The Under-14s team weren’t just subjected to a cross-country run or a spot of circuit training, they were put through their paces by the Royal Marines Commandos.
Having travelled to Dorset, the Wildcats fell in at 10:00 hours sharp on a cold Sunday morning, at the foot of the coppice as instructed.
Three Royal Marines from 43 Commando arrived to take charge of the Wildcats and immediately break them into a warm-up in preparation for the ordeal to follow.
Crawling through water-filled bogs with plenty of press-ups thrown in, the Wildcats were wondering what had hit them but pulled together and showed spirit to keep going.
Wet and breathing hard, the lads collected some logs the Royal Marines had hidden in the tree line and split into two teams, carrying the logs up towards Hambledon Hill.
On reaching the top, more wet bogs and water followed along with uphill fireman carries before collecting their logs again and racing back down the hill towards the monument at the top of the coppice.
There the Wildcats had a minute to catch their breath and have a quick photograph (right) before the final run to the base of the coppice.
Great effort and determination was shown by all the team and the Royal Marines were impressed by the lads’ commitment.
All the team made a donation to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and thanked the Royal Marines for their time and the experience.
The Wildcats’ U14s and U10s train every Thursday, 6.30-7.30pm at Accrington Academy. New players are always welcome. Anyone wanting to donate to the RMCTF can do so via their website: rmctf.org.uk