After a detailed briefing, each player then had their signing day photo taken, complete with Red Bulls Jersey and scarf, as they were welcomed to the team by coaches Gareth Tyack and Zach Herold. At that point each player then received their team kit bag, complete with Match day kit, training gear and warm up uniform.
After an enjoyable lunch, where the players all ate together and continued to bond as a group, it was back into the classroom, this time for a video session using the drone footage from the previous evening. The players went over what the aspects of the game that they would be working on during the upcoming afternoon session, and how it would relate to the game, and then hit the field to put the theory into practice.
Thursday, September 1st, 2016
The final morning at Golden Goal, and the last day of pre-season camp week. The day began with a healthy breakfast, before the boys put their team building skills to use again and grouped together to make sure that their team bunk was clean and tidy and ready for their afternoon departure. Before hitting the field for the last time, the team made once last trip to the classroom, this time to devise their very own ‘Player’s Code of Conduct’ as well as to run their eye over the Parent’s and Coach’s Codes of Conducts and make any changes that they deemed fit. A healthy discussion ensued, with players split off into small groups to discuss the topic and then report back to the group. It did not take long at all before the players had drawn up an all-encompassing list of standards by which to represent the team by. They were also not shy in suggesting changes to the coach’s code of conduct as well as the parents code of conduct, with the squad unanimous in the decision that ‘No parents should be allowed to scream and shout on the touchline’ be added to the list.