22nd November 2017


Giants Under 19s Academy faced Yorkshire’s Three Peaks Challenge as part of their pre-season training

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Huddersfield Giants Under 19s Academy faced Yorkshire’s Three Peaks Challenge as they walked 25 miles to the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

Head of Youth Andy Kelly joined the Three Peaks Challenge alongside the Academy Players and told of the purpose of the challenge:

“The Under 19s Academy took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, it’s the second time we’ve done that in pre-season. One of the big facets of doing it is the mental side of it, we ask the players to challenge themselves mentally and physically, take them out of the comfort zone and really have a go at it.

“I think this year the concept of it was deeply entrenched with the players. The second and third years had already done it last year and understood more about what we were doing and I think they took the challenge on whole-heartedly. We smashed last year’s time which shows that there was a lot of effort that went into it.

“The players found it tough, the older end of the staff like me found it extremely tough because of the pace of it. I just felt that the players understood it more and for me to find it more challenging meant that they were working harder than last year which was really good.

“We met at Settle at 2pm on Friday and did the 6 mile walk to Horton in Ribblesdale, set up camp there and did some values stuff in the evening before being up and away at 6am the following morning. They acquitted themselves really well.

“The Saturday walk was about 25 miles long and took eight hours and forty minutes whereas last year I think it took ten hours and twenty minutes which suggests that the players attitudes were much better.

“What we learned about the players last year was that they didn’t challenge themselves on the walk and the season probably echoed that at times so we’re more hopeful this year that the players understand what is required.

“I think they enjoyed the challenge, more so when it was finished. I think during the challenge it’s quite arduous, if they really push themselves then it’s quite a challenge and once they finished the accomplishment was there and was very evident.

“They are back in training now with sore feet and sore legs but they were given Monday afternoon off from the training field but they are back on the regular schedule now trying to hone in on the pre-season work. The stamina and conditioning work needs to go up, the strength is going up and then once we get past Christmas we will start to see the fixtures and do more game practice.”



Heikki Kovalainen




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