Trawlerboys forge new links by teaming up with New Body Gym

Matt Read, director co-owner at New Body Gym, Lowestoft Town FC boss Jamie Godbold

Matt Read, director and co-owner at New Body Gym, with Lowestoft Town FC boss Jamie Godbold. - Credit: Mick Howes

First team players at Lowestoft Town FC are being put through their paces as they gear up for the new season.

And thanks to a new collaboration, which has seen links forged with the recently opened New Body Gym Lowestoft, the club's academy players from U14 upwards will also soon be able to benefit.

New Body Gym Lowestoft 

New Body Gym Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

Having transformed two industrial units that were previously former warehouses at Leyland Court on Barnards Way in Lowestoft, co-owners Matt Read and Michael Rickards have been pleased with the response.

New Body Gym Lowestoft 

New Body Gym Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

Thrilled to forge the new link-up with Lowestoft Town FC, Mr Read, director and co-owner at New Body Gym, said: "We've been open five months now and it has been a real transformation - from empty units to this.

"We have a membership of around 400 in Lowestoft with New Body Gym already running in Essex, which is run by my nephew Michael who grew up in Lowestoft.

Lowestoft Town FC players New Body Gym Lowestoft strength conditioning coach Cion Wren

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft with strength and conditioning coach Cion Wren (centre). - Credit: Mick Howes

"We were looking to bridge out, and to expand to other areas by opening another gym, when we found this location. 

"It was two separate units that we have made into one, and its a perfect location with plenty of parking being close to a busy retail park and popular football facility."

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

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Having worked hard since September last year to transform the units into New Body Gym Lowestoft, the "educational gym" is up-and-running. 

Mr Read added: "We have both the Gym and the Academy that operate from the premises as we offer a traineeship programme in fitness.

"There is a really good vibe here."

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft.

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

With a range of equipment to suit all, the gym is open seven days a week - Monday to Friday from 5am to 11pm and 6am to 8pm on weekends.

Offering "a bespoke programme" that is designed and demonstrated free with every membership, Mr Read added: "We opened with two main aims; every member is given support and guidance throughout their training, and, high level service for low cost gym prices."

Lowestoft Town FC New Body Gym Lowestoft

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft with strength and conditioning coach Cion Wren (centre). - Credit: Mick Howes

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For Lowestoft Town FC, it is "great for the club" according to Blues boss Jamie Godbold.

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft.

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

"It's given us access to use in a location that is perfect for us as it is just over the road from training sessions at Barnard's Meadow," Godbold said.

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

"It will be important in supporting the rehabilitation of any of our players and that has my full backing given the number of injuries we have had over the years.

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft.

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

"It makes us a lot more professional, as not too many clubs will be able to use facilities like this, and links in perfectly with strength and conditioning coach Cion Wren's new role at the club.

Lowestoft Town FC players New Body Gym Lowestoft strength conditioning coach Cion Wren

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft with strength and conditioning coach Cion Wren (centre). - Credit: Mick Howes

"If you look at football now, the physical side of the game is more important than ever.

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft.

Lowestoft Town FC players being put through their paces at New Body Gym Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

"To have the experienced instructors and facilities here - with it available for players from the U14s up to the first team - the opportunities for all to be educated are great."