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The Doncaster Knights players swapped the rugby field for the airfield as they took part in a team building day at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
However the team didn’t jet off to one of the airport’s many destinations, but instead they teamed up with Station Commander Dave Monk and Watch Commander Brian Mills from Red Watch at the Airport’s fire service.
The Knights were put through their paces by undertaking a series of physically demanding, firefighting related, team building tasks as the firefighters put Griff’s charges through their paces.
The drills saw the Knights split into three groups and carry out a variety of tasks including pulling fire trucks and operating the hoses.
One squad member who proved his potential firefighting credentials was new Knights signing Michael Hills. He said: “I enjoyed the work we did with the fire service at the airport. We did a lot of group exercises in small teams that really got us working well together and integrated everyone very well.
“It was interesting to have a go at drills that the fire service actually do. Things like run hoses out and clip them together, it was really challenging and there was a lot to remember.
“We finished with an endurance test, each team carried a 50kg dummy across certain distances using three different lifts, I didn’t check the results but I’m told my team won!”
The back-row man also felt that the team took a lot away from the session, welcoming the change of scenery and hopes similar training sessions will be used throughout the season.
“There are lots of transferrable skills between what we did today and rugby, particularly as far as team work goes and getting all the parts working as one.
“It’s nice to have a change of scenery and a bit of variety, the day was very well organised and I’d like to say a big thanks to the club for organising it as well as Dave and Brian for running the day.”
Tony Lonsdale, Head of Airfield and Emergency Operations, said: “We are pleased that the players enjoyed their team building day at the airport. The entire team at the station do a fantastic job and everyone really got behind this event.
“Red Watch worked really hard to ensure the team building event was a success and it was great that the Knights got a real insight into the important work they do.
“We wish the Doncaster Knights all the best for the forthcoming season and hopefully all their hard work at the airport will pay off on the pitch.”