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Cook on season suspension

6 November 2020

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Andy Cook is left disappointed that his side are being kept away from the pitch for at least four weeks as The FA Women’s National League North season comes to a month-long halt.

Following the government’s new national Covid-19 lockdown restrictions all of Nottingham Forest Women’s scheduled fixtures between November 5th and December 2nd have been postponed as well of all the side’s training sessions during that time period.

Reflecting on the news, Cook said: “We are gutted - not only stopping the games and training but just being around the team.

“I know I can speak for the whole group and we all love the work we do week-in week-out and I can say it’s been such a pleasure to work with them all. 

“We ended on Tuesday night with our final training session and we had a game between the whole squad - that was good and a competitive way to end things. 

“Overall the virus isn’t showing signs of leaving us anytime soon so we need to work in-line with the government’s guidelines.”

A month long break away from the field can be detrimental to The Reds’ fitness and Cook explains how his squad will use this break to keep active.

“We will be doing HIIT workouts over Zoom that we found out we could do during March, April, May etc,” he said. 

“We’ll also be doing some fun team bonding games over our group chat - Marcus Ward is leading a virtual ‘rock. paper, scissors’ game and Georgia Hewitt won last lockdown’s league so we’re all after her title. 

“More importantly, I’ll be checking in on people football wise but as all the girls know I’m always happy for a chat about anything and everything. 

“It’s such a strange time again but I feel the past experiences we had in the early summer will allow for people to mentally prepare better for this lockdown and then we can all get the updated fixtures from the FAWNL and start to plan from that.”

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