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British Army experience for Tottenham Hotspur at Sandhurst and Aldershot training day

The Army women's football team played host to players from Women's Super League side Tottenham Hotspur as they enjoyed a day training alongside each other at Sandhurst and Aldershot. 

The day was organised for players on both sides to trade tips and knowledge of skills in football, teamwork and leadership. 

The military players held their own alongside the stars of the Women's Super League, as they trained under the watchful eye of Spurs head coach, Rehanne Skinner.

Staff Sergeant Yvette Kemp, who helped to organise the event, said: "We have got Rehanne Skinner and her coaching team taking the girls for a football session which is absolutely fantastic.

"For our girls, these girls are role models for them. We watch these girls week in, week out on the TV so to be playing next to them, it is a day they will never forget."

The Tottenham Hotspur Women also toured the Sandhurst grounds where they received an insight of what it is like to work in the Army.

They were also introduced to the Role Fitness Test Soldier, a form of basic training for soldiers in the Army as well as an introduction to Log PT. 

Rehanne Skinner, Head Coach of Tottenham Hotspur FC Women, hopes that tapping into the team player and leadership qualities evident of being a soldier will be beneficial for her side. 

She said: "There is loads of things we can take out of today, learning about some of the things that the Army women have done and the things they do on their day-to-day basis.

"It's just really tough and obviously they are very committed to everything that they are trying to achieve here. I think that's inspirational.

"We learn through some of their functional testing, the things that are really important for being in difficult situations, how to work together as a team and the resilience element associated with that is really important so, hopefully, we can take lessons from that, that help us move forward."

Hoping that this is the first of many training sessions between the two teams, Hotspurs fullback Ash Neville said she looks forward to the Army coming to train at their grounds in the future.

She said: "They are a great bunch of girls that made us feel very welcome today. We've had a few conversations with them, and we've given them some good information for them to move forward on the pitch. 

"I am looking forward to them coming down and doing one of our sessions. I think that will be quite fun."

Army player, Sergeant Amber Marsh, hopes that these training days will help kick-start their season positively following their Inter Services disappointment this year

She said: "Just seeing a professional outfit like this, how they train and the things that they do, hopefully, we can take some of that into our training and, hopefully, go and win Inter Services this year."

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