Building unity and team spirit is an important part of the preseason at any club, and it’s no different at Brighton Women
The Seagulls let Sky cameras in over the summer ahead of this week’s Women’s Super League kick off, with episode three of Sky Sports’ four games Brighton: Beyond the pitch series featuring the team competing in a beach volleyball competition.
The preseason has gotten more intense since Brighton became a full-time squad in women’s football premier league in 2018. Felicity Gibbons, whose second stint at the club started 12 months earlier, relishes the preparations for the news campaign and draws strength from previous experiences on and off the pitch.
“It’s nice to see people outside and feel like you’re laughing with your friends – at the height of the preseason that’s where the hard work starts,” she said afterwards. his victory on the beach volleyball court.
“I spend a lot of time making sure my mind is in the right place. Before I was full-time, I worked full-time as a physical education specialist in a special school. lots of patience and empathy. and understanding in this job, and it was hard to deal with, but if I hadn’t done it I wouldn’t be here [where I am with Brighton]. “
The team had varying fortunes in preparation for the new campaign, which included a painful 6-1 loss to Everton, before ending their preseason with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
Republic of Ireland international Megan Connolly is wrapping up her second full preseason as a Brighton player and admits preparations for their WSL home opener against West Ham on Sunday have been intense.
“It has certainly been tough, but that’s what the preseason is for, to kind of expose you to the harder parts, so that when the season rolls around you are. [ready and] able to do it, ”she said.
“It’s not perfect [in terms of performances and results] but, you know, that’s why you have preseason games. You can’t relax. You cannot take your foot off the pedal. You have to push. “
Assistant manager Amy Merricks knows what she expects from the players and expects them to put on a solid display when West Ham visits Amex Stadium this weekend.
She says, “That’s the scene, isn’t it? Every time they play, every time they practice, they’re there to perform. Players at this level want to compete and be the better 100 percent of the time – and if they don’t, they probably won’t last. “
Watch Barclays FA Women’s Super League live on Sky Sports
Air sports announced a three-year deal with the FA to become the main broadcaster for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League from September 2021, becoming one of the Air sports flagship offers.
The deal will see Air sports broadcast at least 35 exclusively live matches per season and further strengthen the broadcaster’s commitment to women’s sport.
Air sports are recruiting for the best on-screen and off-screen production team as part of the plan to align WSL with the broadcaster’s other big leagues and sporting events.
WSL will get full Air sports treatment with long preparations and reaction to all live matches, as well as daily news from the competition through Sky Sports News and Sky Sports’ digital platforms.
Click play on the video at the top of the page to watch the third episode of ‘Brighton: Beyond the Pitch’, airing on Sky platforms Thursday