“ProKick helps to stick the boot in”
manager Jimmy Brown hopes his team’s visit to a kickboxing
club this week will lead to an improved level of discipline in his
Brown was used to winning trophies and having the cream of Irish
League talent at his disposal during an eight year spell as assistant
manager at Glentoran.
He admits that he discovered a “different level of mentality
and discipline” since becoming Glenavon boss and is keen to
give his players an insight into how and why the likes of Glentoran
and Linfield remain consistently successful in the game.
“There’s so much more to playing football in the Irish
Premier League than training two nights a week and lasting 90 minutes
on a Saturday,” said Brown.
“A different levels of the game there are different cultures
of discipline and preparation. I want Glenavon players to live their
lives in a way that will make them better on and off the pitch.
“The more disciplined and self-respecting they are, the better
they will be as footballers.”
Brown took his Premier League newcomers to the famous Prokick Gym
in east-Belfast where former four-time world champion Billy Murray
tested their resolve.
Murray said: “At the start of the class there were a few jokes
but when I told the players how things worked at the gym they were
most respectful and responded brilliantly to the training.
“Jimmy (Brown) and I are on the same wavelength. We both want
the best for our students and in return we expect the best from
them. Competitive sport is so much more enjoyable when you are confident
that what you do for yourself is geared toward making you better.
“With stronger individual and collective mentality, Glenavon
will win trophies. Jimmy Brown is a winner, he showed that at Glentoran
and he will bring out the best in Glenavon players – but they
have to want to be the best.”
Brown expects to return to the Prokick Gym for further coaching
under Murray and said his players appeared to enjoy the experience.
“Once the lads got an idea of why they were in a kickboxing
gym they responded well. They all enjoyed it and we are looking
forward to doing it again.”
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