“ProKick to help put the boot in”
GLENAVON manager Jimmy Brown is offering his players a chance
to literally kick their way to the Nationwide Irish Cup and Premier
Tomorrow night the Lurgan Blues will take a different approach to
training at the famous Prokick Gym in east-Belfast, where they will
undertake a demanding kickboxing programme.
Brown, a fan of kickboxing who “dabbled a bit” in kickboxing
during his time as Glentoran coach, wants his players to improve
on upper body strength, flexibility and confidence ahead of the
gruelling run-in to the climax of the season.
Brown linked up with former world champion Billy Murray following
a recommendation from former Linfield player Ian Young, who is steadily
climbing the amateur kickboxing ranks.
“I think we need to toughen up in a positive way,” said
“I know that the players can improve on upper-body strength
and overall fitness by adding kickboxing to their training routine.
“It should be fun at the same time. The players are looking
forward to it and I am confident we will see good results by the
end of the programme. Billy Murray will put the players through
their paces and I think they will find it interesting.”
Murray is giving up his services free of charge despite his demanding
“It’s good for kickboxing and good for Glenavon that
we are working with one another,” said Murray, who coaches
current world champions Gary Hamilton and Lydia Braniff.
“We have worked with a number of various sporting organisations
over the past few years and it’s obvious that they see the
benefits of kickboxing training. I expect the Glenavon players are
pretty fit right now but their stay at Prokick Gym will take them
to a new level.”
While he spent many years at The Oval which is just around the corner
from the Prokick Gym, Jimmy Brown has never met Murray before.
“I certainly knew who Billy Murray was because I followed
his career and he is a highly respected sports star. I am looking
forward to seeing what he can do for Glenavon,” said Brown.
Glenavon will face the winners of the Nationwide Irish Cup replay
between Linfield and Loughgall.
By Alex McGreevy
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