How Fife Flyers' Sam Jones is helping fellow pros stay in shape during lockdown

Sam Jones, Fife Flyers. Pic (Steve Gunn)Sam Jones, Fife Flyers. Pic (Steve Gunn)
Sam Jones, Fife Flyers. Pic (Steve Gunn)
Defenceman launches online classes for fitness and nutrition

Fife Flyers defenceman, Sam Jones, has gone into business too offer fellow players online training and nutritional advice.

The young blueliner has launched Sam Jones Sports Performance Training to bring his knowledge of working with leading trainers in Canada to the UK.

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Sam played junior hockey with Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, BC, where he developed his passion for fitness and nutrition.

Sam, Jones in action for Fife Flyers against Belfast Giants (Pic: William Cherry/Presseye)Sam, Jones in action for Fife Flyers against Belfast Giants (Pic: William Cherry/Presseye)
Sam, Jones in action for Fife Flyers against Belfast Giants (Pic: William Cherry/Presseye)

And with all gyms currently closed, he hopes his new company will help hockey players get into shape for next season.

Sam, who joined Flyers from Swindon Wildcats for the 2019-20, spent part of last season working with players in Kirkcaldy’s junior development.

And he believes he can help make a difference.

In a podcast with Oliver Hampson for website, he spoke about his new venture, his career in hockey on either side of the pond.

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And he reflected on his top flight debut with Flyers where he was a huge hit with the fans and one of the positives in a difficult campaign for the team.

His new fitness and nutrition programme is aimed at hockey players - but not just those aiming for elite level.

“Coming over from Canada you sometimes see British kids wanting to move to next level so bad but they don’t have a programme in place.

“They know how to performer and exercise but don’t have that programme in place or accountability to keep it in place. That’s where I come in.”

Nutrition also plays a big part on development.

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“I struggled with it myself,” he said “It can be hard for a kid at home whose parents do the shopping. They could do with nutrition seminar and talking it through with their parents. That si where they can also get the knowledge.”

Sam worked with players at Swindon and also offered his help to Kirkaldy’s junior skaters.

“I wanted to help out in the community - I contacted Ian and Andy Samuel and we set up sessions in local gym and did sessions every week with under 11s and under 15s which were awesome.

“I am open to anything. I like the competitive side when people are trying to make it. If someone has a good attitude and want to improve and are willing to listen, “

Listen to the full interview:

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