Behind-the-scenes at Weston-super-Mare Football Club

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:51 20 October 2016

The players and manager during post-match analysis.

The players and manager during post-match analysis.


Have you ever wondered what really goes on behind-the-scenes at a football club? Well, the Mercury has some exclusive footage of Weston-super-Mare Football Club’s training sessions and managed to get a sneak-peek at how the team prepares for an upcoming match.

Weston now have a new head coach and Scott Bartlett has not been backwards in coming forwards when it comes to making changes to the players’ routines.

The players now eat together after training, and before every match, and there will be frequent get-togethers where the whole squad will discuss their previous games which have been videoed.

We enjoyed a night at training to see just what the lads get up to. So here are some short videos for you to enjoy.

Please note: there may be some language in the videos which viewers may find offensive.

One of the first things Bartlett addressed was the standards he wants to set.

This means not only commitment on the pitch but also off the pitch. He wants the players to look after themselves.

He mentioned at training the importance of clearing up kit and setting themselves up to succeed in all areas.

The Weston players are part-time and have other jobs but Bartlett is seeking to create a professional environment despite this hurdle.

One of the reasons for the post-training and pre-match meals is they may not have time to look after themselves as well as they can nutritionally.

He also added it will help the team spirit and while he is pleased with how close the team is, he said he wants to keep it up and improve it along the way.

But he is realistic and told the Mercury they will be ‘the most professional they can within their constraints.’

Bartlett has not had an easy start to the season, with the Seagulls’ biggest defeat coming against East Thurrock last Saturday.

But the head coach has to do something about the confidence of the side. It is understandably low after ten league defeats in a row but as the Mercury discovered at training, he is determined to work hard with the side to improve their fortunes.

For more behind-the-scenes footage and live coverage of the Seagulls’ next match away at Oxford City, keep an eye on the Mercury website and follow us on Twitter @WSMERCURY.

Make sure you also look out for the feature in a future edition of the Weston Mercury.

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