Collingwood wrapped up their week-long training camp at Falls Creek with coach Nathan Buckley indicating they are likely to return for years to come. Buckley spoke to media as the first to four year players competed in an "adventure Race" style challenge for the final day of their altitude training.
“This is the second year in a row and we’ve done a little bit better this year than last,” Buckley said.
“We’ve got some real momentum out of these camps so I think it’s something that we’d look to continue.”
Collingood was a trailblazer in the field of altitude training for Australian sporting teams, taking its squad to the High altitudes of Arizona in the United States. Having since opted for Falls Creek from the high cost overseas option, Buckley was quick to praise the team bonding aspect of training camps at the resort.
“It’s at altitude, but we’re not looking for an altitude effect,” he said.
“We’re getting fit and doing some cultural work and team bonding at the same time.
“The players are absolutely dedicated to training, recovering and going again, as well as contributing to team meetings.
“When you get their hearts and minds as well as their bodies, it’s generally a pretty good result.”
In the biggest indication yet that Collingwood could return to Falls Creek for future camps, Buckley was complimentary of the setting and assistance they have recieved for the trip.
“The Falls Creek management have bent over backwards to make us comfortable and to make sure all our needs are met,” he said.
“It’s a fantastic setting.”
With another successful training camp now at an end Falls Creek looks forward to welcoming not just the Collingwood Football Club but a range of other teams and athletes to the resort for future altitude training camps.
For further information on training at Falls Creek pleas contact Falls Creek Resort Management on 03 5758 1202