Great Britain Women started their build-up for next year’s World Championship in Dumfries with an off-ice strength and conditioning camp at the University of Gloucester last weekend.
Players selected from the open trials in August had an intensive day of physical and classroom sessions, which culminated in the players being assessed and then being given their individual strength and conditioning schedule for the next two months.
Assistant coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “The psychological sessions were particularly interesting.
“Doctor Orla Flannery is one of the leading experts in sports psychology and the feedback we got from the sessions will allow us to address issues and put in place a comprehensive plan to increase mental toughness and wellbeing.
“The camps allow the squad to benefit from the vast range of specialist talents and access some of the country’s leading experts in their fields.”
The squad will return to the ice in Sheffield on Saturday 13th September with a busy itinerary of on-ice sessions and off-ice testing.
The day will see the squad cut in numbers again to form the large squad that the team will eventually be chosen from.