Fife College Fitness Health and Exercise student Matthew Dall (right) discusses the results of one of the tests with Raith Rovers players Robbie Thomson (centre) and Tony Dingwall (left). 

Three Fife College students put Raith Rovers first team through their paces at the College’s Kirkcaldy Campus last week. 

Fitness Health and Exercise students Sam Lothian, Robbie Brechin and Matthew Dall helped College Lecturer Cameron Ross conduct a series of strength and conditioning tests on the Rovers squad last Tuesday.

The students took time out of their studies to carry out a number of fitness tests on the players including functional movement screens, acceleration tests, unilateral hops and counter movement vertical jumps. 

The experience of conducting the tests with professional players was valuable for student Robbie, from Dalgety Bay, who has plans to go into football fitness coaching once he graduates.    

Robbie (18), said: “To get the chance to work with professional football players at a young age has been a great extra experience.  I really enjoyed it.”

Rovers’ manager John McGlynn said the testing was an important mid-season exercise for his players as they chase promotion to the Championship.   

McGlynn said: “We’re halfway through our season so we should really be at our peak in terms of fitness but the data from our day at the College will be show us where we are at.  It will also help us build fitness programmes for the players for the rest of the season.   

“We are really thankful to the College for giving us access to the facilities and also to Camy and his students for facilitating us.” 

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