The two teams competing at the Junior European Open and the European Open had their last training days this weekend for their respective competitions. It was an fantastic weekend focused on final preparations, logistics, plans and a chance for everyone to get together as teams for the last time before leaving for Switzerland and The Netherlands. The team also got their 2019 kit which looks great. I’ve heard it said many times before that…
‘finally getting your kit makes it all seem real.’
On the courses the dogs and handlers looked ready too. A lot of work has gone to their preparations which I could clearly see at the weekend. One big stand-out feature for me this year was the great team working and close bonds built up amongst the team members. This can really be felt in all the activities they’ve done on and off the agility course.
It was also a nostalgic weekend for me as it was the last time agility team GB will be training at Nottingham Trent University. We’ve been using the facilities for four years for squad days, training weekends, seminar’s and we even held the 2018 Performance Weekend there too. So I have lots of good memories from the times spent at the Brackenhurst campus.
I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the team at NTU over the years.
But times move on. Four years ago we had a smaller squad, we didn’t have a junior team or a handler development programme. We’re still in talks with a new location for the 2020 season which I’m sure will offer us all the facilities we need to continue evolving the team for the future.
In the meantime our focus is clearly on this years championships.
To find out more about Agility Team GB visit the Kennel Club web site