De Vries describes unusual methods Freedman has been encouraging in Nottingham Forest training

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries has explained the variety of activities the squad has enjoyed over the past week.

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries has told Forest Player about some of the unorthodox activities the team has been undertaking through pre-season.

Forest’s preparations are fully underway ahead of the new season with matches already played in Sweden and Denmark ahead of the return of the Championship, which is now only a few weeks away.

“It’s a little bit different to what I’m used to – There are competitions involved and there are groups divided,” he told Forest Player.

“There are competitions in swimming, water polo, volley ball and we’ve even had a quiz night – We’re getting a lot of training time, we’re starting early and we’re doing triple sessions all the way through.”

It’s all about balance

Pre-season is an important period for any club because of the importance to increase the fitness levels of all players.

However, it’s pointless for a manager to simply drill his players into the ground, without offering them some rest and a small chance to enjoy themselves.

Dougie Freedman is not a naïve manager and knows the importance of being able to keep players happy and motivated through a very important period before the competitive games start coming thick and fast.

It’s all about team spirit

Encouraging internal competition in any way enhances the comradery between players and brings them closer, which in turn improves the team spirit within the squad.

As well as fitness being important for the new season, it’s also important for the club to use that team spirit, fighting for each other in big games to get through the situations where they are underdogs in big games.

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