In 2017, Tony Pulis was appointed as the new manager of Middlesbrough F.C. and tasked with getting them back into the Premier League as quickly as possible. A change in the ‘Boro backroom team soon followed and included the appointment of a new Performance Coach, Tim Exeter. Tim brought a wealth of experience, having previously worked for the likes of Northampton Saints, and CA Brive in rugby, as well as with Coventry City, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and the Welsh FA.

The Situation

The gym that Tim walked into was tired, cluttered and lacking a logical flow. Equipment was clustered together rather than positioned in a linear pattern, which made coaching a team during sessions challenging.

Additionally, the existing ‘block and beam’ sub-floor had broken down below the training surface, meaning it was neither safe nor fit for purpose.

The Solution

Tim brought in the Indigo team to work on a creating a new training space that was safe, functional, and would allow the players and staff to make the most of their off-field training. The changes they made included:

  • A complete reworking of the training surface, which included; removal of existing floor coverings, reinforcing the sub-floor, installation of 32mm duraTRAIN premium rubber flooring tiles and integrated custom turf lane.
  • Custom designed and built wall fixed training rig running down one side of the room.
  • Four bay Monster storage system – configured to accommodate all the required small equipment and provide additional workout stations for pull-ups, a punchbag, and mounting suspension trainers.
  • A wide range of strength and conditioning equipment, including PWR Tools and RAZE Renegade air bikes.

The Success

Tim Exeter comments; “I’ve worked with indigo on a number of projects throughout Europe over a 10+ year period.  They have a thorough understanding of how to create safe and functional training environments that support athletic development.  Our gym is now highly functional and fit for purpose, the players are engaged and motivated, which allows the support staff to get on with the job.”

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