Date: 23rd March 2017 at 6:50pm
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AFC Bournemouth Head of sports science Dan Hodges has talked up the benefits of the Cherries in-season training camp in the United Arab Emirates.

The Premier League is currently on a short break during an international window.

The Cherries players who haven’t been called up to represent their country have instead travelled to Dubai for a training camp and team bonding exercise.

AFC Bournemouth are currently 11th in the top flight of English football, 9 points clear of the relegation places following back to back victories over West Ham United and Swansea City.

AFC Bournemouth Head of sports science Dan Hodges told

‘Here we come to a place with fantastic facilities that allow us to do many different things, including the use of altitude chambers.

‘You contend with the heat as well here, which is an added stress to the body. This basically helps the players increase their fitness and we can work them hard in an environment they also find is tough…’

‘…The guys are away (from home), they’re in a new environment and they know they’re here to work. Everyone’s together all the time so they get a good team bonding effect from it as well.

‘When they’re working hard together they’re pushing each other through and getting through it, which is a big factor.’

Your Say…

Neil Dawson wrote…

Had to smile at Eddies ‘we did it last season and it was good for us’. Would have hated to have seen what it was like had we gone to Skegness instead…Join the conversation here.

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