Owls to seek fitness at the home of Jess

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday will be aided by the city’s English Institute of Sport in their bid to be the fittest team in League One next season.

The Owls are to expand their training to include some of the EIS’s facilities.

Manager Gary Megson has paid a visit to the Attercliffe centre to see what it has to offer.

He also met athlete Jessica Ennis and boxer Junior Witter - just two of the top-class sport personalities who train there.

Wednesday will still do the bulk of their training at the Middlewood ground but will supplement that with sessions on the indoor track and weights at the EIS.

“I had a laugh and a joke with Jessica and watched the athletes train, It was also nice to meet Junior Witter (boxer),” said Megson.

“Just seeing the sort of effort that people put in was terrific. It’s a fantastic facility, and we will be utilising it.

“I’m ashamed to say that I’ve lived in Sheffield for the last 12 years and didn’t realise how brilliant it is, and how lucky we are to have it.

“We’ll use the track and do sprints and weights, now and again; unfortunately it’s too far away to be using it all the time as it hasn’t really got an outdoor facility that we could use in conjunction with the indoor ones.

“But it really is an incredible place.”

Megson has pledged that no League One side will be fitter than his team next season.

The EIS is home to a wide range of sports and first-class facilities and caters for local enthusiasts as well as elite competitors.

Derry Suter, a soft-tissue therapist, works there as well as being a member of the Owls physiotherapy team.

A match between Wednesday and United fans will be played at Bramall Lane next Thursday to raise money for Amy’s Retreat, a charity that aids child cancer sufferers.

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