Sprinter Kath Endacott offering her help to up-and-coming Plymouth Argyle striker
INTERNATIONAL sprinter Katherine Endacott wants to continue doing her bit to improve Plymouth Argyle's fortunes by putting more of the League Two strugglers' players through their paces.
Endacott has made a start with young striker Matt Lecointe having sessions with the double Commonwealth Games medallist at the City of Plymouth AC's home track Brickfields.
The 33-year-old has held two training stints with Argyle's 18-year-old hitman and has made favourable noises of Lecointe's potentional.
Endacott does have history – and a successful one at that – of coaching and improving an Argyle striker.
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She helped New Zealand's Rory Fallon gain an extra yard, which the former Pilgrims forward showed at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Fallon, 30, is presently playing with Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen.
Endacott said she is a football fan. The one-time Argyle Ladies winger comes from a well-known footballing family, so is fully sympathetic to the travails of her home-town club.
She insists the techniques she has absorbed during a successful career, and is willing to disseminate to the present Pilgrims squad, can only help the players.
Endacott said: "Matt (Lecointe) has come up to the track in his own time and he's shown lots of promise as an athlete.
"He's just starting out as a professional footballer and been up twice a week to the track.
"Coming from both a footballing and an athletics background, I know the importance of speed from a standing start and gaining strength and elasticity in the hips and joints.
"Matt's a case in point. He has natural speed but by listening to me and my dad (Plymouth AC sprints coach Steve Endacott) and following our instructions, he's bound to get better and more importantly – quicker.
"It worked well with Rory (Fallon) when he was at Argyle. He was very interested in anything that would give him an extra edge.
"Rory also used to go boxing training at Scott Dann's gym with other Argyle players at the time like Jamie Mackie to give them greater upper-body strength, which worked well.
"Without meaning to be disrespectful, I think football training can be a bit one dimensional and, because of the nature of the game, concentrate a lot on kicking, passing and so on.
"I've done that myself in the past when I played for Argyle Ladies with Pete Distin as coach. He was fantastic and enthusiastic and always interested in new ways of doing things.
"So, if there's any way that I can pass on what I've learned as an athlete from different coaches, like Linford Christie, then the players only have to ask."