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12 REGIMENT ROYAL ARTILLERY VISIT THE IRON

29 March 2017

The 12 Regiment Royal Artillery enjoyed an afternoon session with the Iron's coaching staff on Tuesday afternoon.

The session, led by First Team Coach Nick Daws and Coach Andy Dawson, also saw manager Graham Alexander take part with the group from the British Army.

Organiser, goalkeeper of the side and Scunthorpe United supporter Craig Parker said: "We're a military football team ourselves and 

"Andy and Nick met us outside after a bite to eat and a look around the stadium. Graham then came across and gave us a training session. It was really good and we saw a different side of things to what we're used to doing.

"We're used to doing our normal training and they've given it another spin with finer details."


SESSION: An image from their training session with the coaching team, involving First Team Manager Graham Alexander

A similar group last visited in 2013 in a similar exercise, with manager and striker Dean Hilton-Huish indicating that the team have learnt a lot from the experience.

"It's a once in a lifetime experience for a lot of us," he stated.

"The guys have come down here, enjoyed it massively and we're going to move on and go onto the next chapter.

"The coaching staff have been amazing today. They've been really good to us and I will take away a lot from what they showed us."

The experience for the group in football doesn't stop there either, with the group visiting League One rivals Sheffield United as well.

They spectated during the Blades' 2-0 victory over Millwall and will also watch training on Wednesday morning before training with the scholars in the afternoon.

"After being at Sheffield United, we're up in Manchester to look at the National Football Museum before we head back to Thorney Island on Friday," added Craig.

Dean also spoke about the side, which he manages, and how they're encouraged to be competitive in sport.

"We're in the United Service Football League and we're currently top, doing pretty well. We lost 2-1 in a cup final in December to our rivals HMS Collingwood, but we've got another semi-final coming up in the RA Cup.

"We're a good footballing side, we enjoy our football and thankfully our bosses do a lot. It's very competitive."

Iron manager Graham Alexander said: "We were delighted to welcome the lads to Glanford Park on Tuesday. We hope they enjoyed their experience with us and can take something away from the day. On behalf of all of the club and my staff, I'd like to wish them good luck to them for the rest of their season."

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