As we await the fate of the of the football season across the various teams within The Club. We start with the Ladies Team, who currently find themselves at the top of The League.
Alice Ager Captain
Time at the club?
I've been at Woodbridge for coming up to 3 years (since the ladies team re-started) but have played since I was 10.
How are you finding the current lockdown?
It hasn’t been the easiest not seeing friends and family for such a long time however I want to remain positive and know that I’ve done my part! Being furloughed does mean its tricky to fill your days but has given me plenty of time to do things I never normally get around to doing.
What are you missing the most?
Seeing the girls from football, of course I miss the competitive side and playing but definitely has to be just seeing the girls on a weekly basis for training and extra fitness sessions, the team has such good banter and we all get along so well, when we train we work hard and I always feel so good after a session.
Do you think the FA, leagues etc. should make every effort to conclude the season?
Definitely it was so disheartening last season when we were doing so well, were currently sitting top so we are all very keen to finish the season off. We completely understand the rules which have been put into place since covid and would be happy to continue with these if it meant we could finish the season. Most clubs in our league bar a couple are all in Suffolk anyway so our travelling would be kept to a minimum. With the league cup being cancelled which again we were doing well in I think it would be a real shame to finish the league as well, we have well under 20 fixtures left so I personally think if we can extend the season we should have no problem getting these games in.
Have you managed to keep fit during lockdown?
I'd say so yes! When we could exercise in groups outside we had a PT Lloyd Chapman from Loose Cannons Conditioning (who I couldn’t recommend enough) come and do strength and conditioning sessions which really helped with my fitness and technique. Now during this lockdown whilst being furloughed I’ve been running lots, I live in Woodbridge so really enjoy getting out along the river and running 5-10K distances regularly! Ive got nothing on our keeps Georgie who runs a half marathon most weeks but definitely feel I’ve kept my fitness up without being able to go to the gym.
Do you think sport plays a massive part in mental health and wellbeing?
Absolutely, personally still being able to go out for runs is what’s kept me going this lockdown! I cant recommend it enough, the feeling after any kind of exercise cant be beaten. I think its really important for people to get out the house most days even if its just for a walk for some fresh air. Even sometimes when I really don’t fancy getting out for a run I make sure I wake up and put on my gym gear for a run because I know ill feel better for it and do every single time.
Have you learnt any new hobbies?
This lockdown I’m really trying to get into cooking, my family knows I can cook one pasta dish well and that’s about it, so mum bless her has taken me under her wing and taught me A LOT about cooking.
Do you think grassroots football will ever be the same?
I think its a tricky one to guess but I do think so yes. It certainly will take some time and new covid rules will probably stay in place for a lot longer but I think I can vouch for most people that play football and would much rather follow a few additional rules to keep people safe than not play at all.
What's the best thing you’ve watched on TV, Netflix etc?
My weekly go to programme has to be Gogglebox, no other programme makes me belly laugh like Sophie and Pete! However; series on Netflix would have to be The Stranger and on Sky The Undoing, I love a thriller type programme/film that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
If you could choose a song to sum up the last year, what would it be?
Locked up - Akon