REDS have been given the opportunity to bond as a team in the great outdoors ahead of their next season.

Workington AFC players paid a visit to Glaramara Activity Centre near Keswick this past weekend to take part in outdoor activities, bonding as a team and staying fit during pre-season.

Reds players built their own rafts to go sailing on Derwent Water using plastic drums, rope and poles during the two hour morning session.

They completed a timed run up Honister Pass in the afternoon taking on a steep incline.

Top players Brad Carroll, Matty Clarke, Scott Allison, Kieran Charlton, Brad Hubbold and Dan Wordsworth led the pack completing the run in 17 minutes. Reds finished the running section with a series of hill sprints.

The team were also treat to a lunch break at the Glaramara Hotel in Borrowdale.

Chairman David Bowden said that it was a valuable experience for the squad ahead of next season.

“This is something we’ve done for a couple of years now and it was arranged before Danny (Grainger) left. We went to training to have a chat with the players, they were all keen to still go on it.”

Reds boss Danny Grainger recently announced his surprise departure from the club, making a move to League One team Falkirk FC.

“It’s good in any circumstances but while we’re between coaches it’s really important now.”

“They’re a really close knit squad. It’s important and probably really important at this moment in time it just sets us up now.

“We just look forward now.”

Although Grainger’s departure leaves a big gap for the team, Workington AFC is thankful for his time at Borough Park and they have learnt valuable lessons from it.

Bowden said: “I know the type of person they respond to.”

The players will return to their training base at Penrith AFC next week.