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First Levens Signature For 17/18 - 25 June

Longlevens AFC first new signing of the new season is Goalkeeper Ashley (Ash) Wintle previously with Toolstation First Division outfit Keynsham Town.

Ash, 27 is a PE Teacher in Bristol whose had previous spells with; Bishop Sutton and Larkhall Athletic where he was part of the Toolstation Premier Division championship side 2013/14. He then spent three campaigns with Keynsham Town culminating with only just missing out on promotion to the Toolstation Premier with a 4th placed finish in last season campaign with the club.

Ash spoke to us about his move to Longlevens, “having recently moved to Gloucester after living in Bristol all my life I wanted to continue to play football. I knew Mark (Moore) so it was an easy decision to come along”

Moore commented on the signing as “Great news for the side” saying, “Ash settled in right from the very first session he had with us last season. He is a great lad with a good pedigree behind him and so we are really pleased to have him along at the football club”

When asked about the forthcoming season Wintle said, “I’m looking forward to getting started and just want to do my best for the football club. As ever I aim for more clean sheets than last season and a higher league position than the team achieved last season”

 

Fitness Building - 9 June

With the summer months in full force and the majority of players now sat on the beaches and beacons across the world, an unlikely figure has stepped forward to support Longlevens players in maintaining and building their fitness levels ready for the start of another season in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League.

Rich Workman, himself an ex player who appeared for Slimbridge, Harrow Hill, Tuffley and Longlevens has lead the team through some off season conditioning. "I took the boys out on a few short runs before pre-season and have now started moving them up towards some serious middle distance running with an aim to building up their endurance levels, enabling them to ground running in pre season" workman said when asked what the aims of the sessions were.

Workman spoke about how his own choices for why he's taken up running have influenced what he's currently leading with the Longlevens players "I was forced to retire from football due to a back injury and took up running as a way to keep fit. I've ran a lot of races over the past 5 years and in each race im always looking to push harder to challenge myself. I'd say I was fitter now than when I played football"

Increasing players fitness levels is a message that new first team manager Mark Moore supports "I'm aiming to change the way we play a little this year and what Rich (workman) is doing with the lads now fits in perfectly to give us the platform to do just that" Longlevens have announced their pre season friendlies which start with Toolstation Premier Division side Cribbs FC at home on Saturday 8th July 3pm ko.

Workman said that he has seen a change in focus since he decided to start the sessions "Everyone is looking to better themselves and we regularly get at least 5 lads per session. They have a good attitude towards going out in the evenings and weekends to cover any distance and are always pushing each other to keep going. To me this shows the boys want to push on and have a good go at achieving their highest finish in the league to date"

With the Hellenic League constitution now released Longlevens can look forward to another season at the highest level of football in their history with another year competing in national competitions such as the FA Cup and FA Vase. The domestic season is set to start w/c 31st July.

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