It’s snow joke: Stockport County first in world to begin pre-season training at Trafford’s Chill Factore

By Ben Burrows

Stockport County are the first professional football team in the world to take on the unique ‘Bootcamp on Snow’ at Chill Factore in Trafford.

In their second full week of pre-season training the Hatters took part in a grueling hour and a half long fitness programme at the indoor ski and snowboard centre on Tuesday.

It is the first time a team has built in a professional bootcamp on snow into their pre-season training schedule and manager Jim Gannon thinks the experience could give his side an edge come the start of the season.

“It’s a good workout for the team and mixes the routine of pre-season up a bit so keeps it interesting for the players. It was great to be invited and the whole team loved every second of it,” he said.

“We built it into our official pre-season training regime because we knew it would add value to the fitness training we are already doing as well as giving the players something different and exciting to do.”

Working against the resistance of the snow and the -2.5°C temperatures can see those taking part lose as many as 600 calories in a session.

Morwenna Angove, chief executive at Chill Factor, said: “We were delighted to welcome Jim Gannon and the Stockport County team to our ‘Bootcamp on Snow’.

“This bootcamp is not just a first just for the city, the region or even the UK – but for the world. We know it is going to become hugely popular and we expect it to be copied around the world once it takes off here.

“Having the footballers here shows that even the professionals realise the benefit of this unique training programme.”

Led by two of the UK’s most experienced bootcamp trainers, the programme works in a similar way to interval training where the body is constantly moving at different speeds in order to be more effective.

“We challenge anyone who thinks they’re up to it to come and see if they’ve got what it takes,” she said.

“But even for those who aren’t already die-hard bootcamp junkies, we can tailor packages to suit them and give them a great way to kick start their regime in time for the summer holidays.”

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