Pumas ladies and Chelsea ace Katie try out gym’s new training area

Players from the Caterham Pumas FC Ladies team had Katie Chapman, the retired England midfielder and Chelsea Ladies captain, for company at the newly refurbished de Stafford Sports Centre in Caterham when together they took part in a workshop in the new state-of-the-art functional training and weights area.

The idea behind the session was to demonstrate the importance of such local facilities to support the training of local sportspeople.

At the end of September de Stafford Sports Centre unveiled its brand new gym, which as you’d expect features the very latest cardio and weights equipment.

However, there are also a few items that you may be surprised to see outside of top London gyms – this is because Freedom Leisure is keen to support a wide range of users, including pupils at de Stafford School and local sportspeople.

Just some of the most up to date kit includes, a squyre (a square tyre), a weighted sled with a 10m in-gym astroturf track and plyo boxes – all of which load the body with weight while performing functional movements, or stretch the muscles in ways that other kit doesn’t.

Katie, who played for England in the 2015 World Cup and was formerly with Arsenal and Chicago Red Stars, and the Pumas ladies were put through their paces by fitness manager Chris Osborn and she helped out in encouraging the players to put lots of effort into the session.

Photos by kevin black show Katie and the Caterham Pumas ladies at the de Stafford gym.

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