The Ospreys turn up the heat

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service assisted with the Ospreys pre-season preparations this week, turning up the heat as the squad spent time undergoing a rigorous afternoon of training.

The squad were welcomed to the service’s Training Centre at Cardiff Gate for a team building session under the supervision of SWFRS and Babcock.

During the afternoon, and with the coaching team watching on, the players learned how SWFRS operate as a Service, understanding their positive working practices, and they also took part in a number of teambuilding exercises involving hose running, using Breathing Apparatus and a variety of other related Fire and Rescue Service techniques and activities.

Area Manager Ian Greenman, Head of Training and Development for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said:

“This is an excellent opportunity for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to showcase our skills and facilities here at Cardiff Gate Training and Development Centre. In partnership with Babcock we are extremely proud of our flagship training centre and the state of the art resources which it has.

“We welcomed the Ospreys Squad to the Centre and shared with them our team working ethos and how we develop team and leadership skills. We hope that this venture will be the launch pad for future opportunities and joint working arrangements between the Ospreys and SWFRS”.

Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:

“Pre-season can be a long, repetitive period for the players without any rugby so we always look at ways in which we break up the monotony by taking them away from our environment and out of their comfort zone in many ways.

“This exercise was perfect for us, as it made the boys think about working together as a team in a high pressure environment, where discomfort and fatigue can set in, and it was interesting to see how they reacted. Our place of work has its own unique pressures but this was something different again. 

“We are extremely grateful to everybody at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service for giving us such a great experience.”

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