Charlton fit and raring to go

By Rob Virtue on July 9, 2008 11:32 AM |


ALAN Pardew's side hope pre-season matches will help them get in shape, but if Greenwich University's research is anything to go by they are already on the right track.

Charlton travel to Welling United for the first XI's opening game on Wednesday and fans will have the chance to check on their fitness levels.

Recently the squad headed to Greenwich University's Medway campus for a check-up after their two-month summer break. And performance manager Niall Clark said he was delighted the Championship side had stayed in shape.

He said: “They need two or three weeks rest to allow the endocrine system time to recuperate and for the other five or six weeks, they have an individually-tailored fitness programme – this information tells me whether they’ve adhered to it.

“The biggest surprise is how well they have adhered to it, but the modern footballer is far more educated than when I was starting out in sports science 10 years ago.?

Blood tests were taken after three minute sessions on the treadmill and power measurements collected from jumping on pressure pads.

Charlton captain Matt Holland said: “As players we’ve always been tested in some form, but football has changed. It’s becoming an athlete sport and information like this is vital for a competitive edge.?

The club’s reserve team played their first pre-season match on Tuesday night with a 1-0 defeat against Bromley. The first team will hope for a better result again Welling United.

Go to to find out how they got on.