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The New London Wasps Apprenticeship Blog

Follow the new apprentice recruits as they adjust to life at London Wasps!

WEEK 1 - JAKE HOLLAND

The Apprentices work with Coaching Assistant and former Wasps Centre Rob Hoadley

The Apprentices work with Coaching Assistant and former Wasps Centre Rob Hoadley

My first week at wasps has been one of the best weeks of rugby training I have done with a team in my short career to date. The training, coaches and facilities are the best around and along with the other players I’m enjoying being in an environment were you are pushed to be the best that you can be.

This week we have focused quite a lot on skills and agility, emphasizing passing, grip and footwork (quick feet). We have also done APE (Athletic Performance Enhancement) which helps strengthen joints to prevent injury along with upper/lower body strength sessions in the gym.

We have also had an individual movement screening, this involved us performing certain movement patterns to see if we had any weaknesses or imbalances that need to be addressed. Some of us have a bit to work on in this area...

Away from the pitch Wasps have also helped me and my team mates to get involved with a volunteering programme. We have organized ourselves into groups and next week we will start working on a project for the next three weeks. I am going to be helping to decorate a hostel for young people who have had to move out of their homes. Personally I think that this could help to become more self reliant and proactive, which could quite possibly help us become better players on the field.

I have enjoyed my first week as an Apprentice at Wasps and I am looking forward to the challenges that will arise as I look to make the most out of the opportunity that I have do develop myself as a rugby player.

Thanks for reading this and one of my team mates will let you know how we got on next week.

Jake Holland.


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