“Glens boss putting his boot in for good measure”
Glentoran boss Paul Millar gave the club’s full-time duo
Gary Browne and Phillip Simpson a good kicking yesterday.
The pair underwent an intensive training session conducted by kickboxing
legend Billy Murray at his famous Prokick Gym, with the new Glens
boss putting his boot in for good measure.
Along with Millar and former Linfield star-turned kickboxer Ian
Young, Browne and Simpson came through a gruelling one-hour session
– the first of a new routine set down by Millar.
“I wanted something different for the players, especially
the full-time players,” said Millar.
“Kickboxing was recommended to me and when kickboxing is mentioned
there’s only one person in Northern Ireland you turn to, Billy
“I asked Billy about the possibility of training players and
he put the whole thing together without a fuss. I really enjoyed
the session and the player did too. There is a fun side to it too
but I think the players knew by the end of the hour they had been
through a good routine.
“It’s a long-term thing I’m looking at. I want
to add variety to training and I know kickboxing will give the players
a different kind of fitness and interest.”
Coach Murray, a former four-time world champion, reckons Browne
and Simpson will reap the rewards of their new training regime within
“In my experience I have had sports people from everywhere
try out kickboxing as an alternative method of training and they
have all benefited.
“It’s something that was a big success for Waterford
United in the eircom League and recently we staged a session for
“My door is always open but it is particularly pleasing to
have Paul Millar and two of his team members here at ProKick.”
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