Springbok influence at Celtic
Johannesburg - Bloemfontein Celtic are looking to get their players into peak
physical condition by bringing in Springbok fitness guru Derik Coetzee
ahead of the upcoming Premiership season.
Phunya Sele Sele coach Clinton Larsen has employed the services of
Coetzee, who worked with the 2007 World Cup winning South African rugby
team and who is also helping prepare the country's hockey side for the
"I think it is imperative to have a strong aerobic programme at the beginning of the pre-season training," Larsen told Times Live.
"You must have a good base of fitness and endurance and that's what the first two weeks of our preparations are dedicated to."
The Siwelele players will now be put through a series of fitness
tests as Larsen looks to get his players into fighting shape ahead of
the new campaign, which will see the Free State side contest the MNT8
following their eighth-place finish in the 2011/12 campaign.
"The tests determined which of the players had done what they
were supposed to do with their individual training programmes during the
holidays and where we might need to adjust the individual sessions,"
the coach added.