HSV return to team training
Dieter Hecking’s squad will move into the Alexander Otto Akademie for the time being. The city of Hamburg grants HSV a special exemption for team training according to specific hygiene and prevention measures.
The HSV squad will now prepare themselves to be ready for the restart of the 2. Bundesliga season, which, after government approval this afternoon, will aim to return for the weekend of the 15th or 22nd May. The approval means that the HSV squad are now allowed to train altogether once again, having been training in small groups since the start of April. The ministry for internal affairs and sport in Hamburg granted the club a special exemption in order to carry out training. Training will continue to take place behind closed doors, with maximum hygiene standards and prevention methods adhered to. HSV will stick to the concept outlined by the DFL, the standards that have developed over the past few weeks in training as well as the measures set out by the Hamburg authorities as part of the approval of the special exemption.
In order to adhere to the rules in the easiest way possible, the entire squad as well as the coaching and backroom staff will move across to the Alexander Otto Akademie, having up until now trained in the Volksparkstadion. “The facilities at the academy are more suitable so that the hygiene and prevention measures are adhered to outside of training sessions as well. We are very happy and thankful, that Alexander Otto immediately agreed to the use of the facilities in a building that is intended for our academy work”, said Head of Sport Jonas Boldt. The academy has been empty due to the ongoing pandemic for almost two months and is not allowed to be used by youth players.
The main aim for the HSV first team now is to get back to match sharpness as a team, yet always having the safety and health of all involved at the forefront of anything that takes place. “We will continue to maintain the standards we have set and strictly follow all of the rules handed down to us”, Boldt concluded. The squad, coaching and backroom staff will be supported in their efforts by the team from the university hospital led by Dr. Götz Welsch.