Huddersfield Giants hit the wall ... and then went up it.
For the players took on a challenge with a difference by scaling a giant wall which tested both their strength and their nerve
The Super League club’s squad hit the vertical walls of Huddersfield Climbing Centre at the new sports centre at Spring Grove as head coach Paul Anderson and his staff looked at different ways to test their players.
“Change is a challenge and this kind of change is just what we need to get our guys out of their comfort zones,” said Anderson, whose side will play their first pre-season games ahead of Super League 2016 in January.
“It was good to see a hint of fear in the eyes as they looked up at the wall.
“And that is good for the coaches too. It is all too easy not to change what you are doing because if it is not broken why fix it?
“But that is why we like to do things like this.”
Giants forward Daniel Smith, who signed last season from Super League rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats , said: “Doing something like this breaks everything up and it is good to get away from the usual training regime.
“It is the chance to do something different and I think the lads like to be able to have a laugh while doing some work that really not many of us our used to.
“I don’t think for those of us in the forwards climbing has been on our ‘to do’ list, I think that is probably something for the lighter guys.”
The Giants will travel to Hull KR in former Huddersfield winger David Hodgson’s testimonial game on Sunday, January 17 (3pm kick-off).
Hodgson spent four seasons at the Giants between 2008 and 2011 before moving to Hull Kingston Rovers where he finished his playing career.
Before that the Giants will also play a pre-season friendly against West Yorkshire neighbours Championship outfit Halifax, coached by former Giants forward Richard Marshall, on Sunday, January 10. The Infirmary Cup game will be played at the Shay in Halifax with kick-off at 3pm.