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Oldham Athletic train at Nescot

Oct 01, 2013

Oldham Athletic train at Nescot

Oldham Athletic’s squad trained at Nescot on Friday ahead of their League One match against Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon.

The team travelled down from Greater Manchester by coach and spent several hours preparing for their game on the football pitches near the pavilion.

Nescot Sport and Sports Therapy students and staff turned out to watch the training session, and Oldham donated signed shirts as well as tickets for two students to watch Saturday’s tie.

Neil Barnett, Head of Sport, said the department and the college had been glad to welcome Oldham Athletic to Nescot, and thanked the club for their generosity.

"Our students were able to observe and learn by watching the pre-match shaping session that manager Lee Johnson put the players through, and it was a really useful experience for the teaching staff to see how a professional club organise themselves," he added.

Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson said on Friday he was nervous and excited ahead of the following day’s match, but also ready for the challenge.

Johnson, who at 32 is the youngest manager in the football league, added: "These are great facilities for us to use for training, and we hope the students watching got some ideas from us – if not a new club to support!"

Nescot offers BTEC Sports courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3, as well as a two-year Foundation Degree in Sports Therapy, and the college’s sport facilities include five football pitches, rugby pitches, a mini-pitch, a gym and sports hall.

Nescot also has a successful football academy, with the team playing in the National Colleges Football League on Wednesdays afternoons, and representing Banstead Athletic in the Southern Youth League on weeknights.

The next trials will be held on a Saturday in April, with the date to be confirmed, and all Level 3 Sports students are invited to attend.

Brad Preston, a Level 3 Sports student who plays left or right-back for Nescot, watched the training session on Friday and the match against Crawley Town.

"It’s great to see how a professional team plays, and hopefully I’ve learnt a few ideas I can use during our training and matches," he said.

Oldham Athletic were defeated by a goal to nil at the Stadium, leaving the club 16th in the table with two wins and one draw from nine games.

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