Hotspurs and Hornets feel the Tring cold

Watford FC @ Champneys   17/11/2010'Pic Alan Cozzi 07968336683'Manger Malky Mackay opens the door as Danny Graham comes out of the Kriotherapy chamber
Watford FC @ Champneys 17/11/2010'Pic Alan Cozzi 07968336683'Manger Malky Mackay opens the door as Danny Graham comes out of the Kriotherapy chamber

TOTTENHAM Hotspurs and Watford players will scoff at anyone who claims the weather has been too cold recently.

That is after they became some of the latest sports stars to undergo kriotherapy treatment at Champneys near Tring.

The kriotherapy chambers have previously been used by a number of elite athletes including footballers, jockeys and boxers.

The process is designed to have a positive impact on sportsmens’ injured areas by forcing the body into ‘shut-down mode’ during exposure to temperatures as low as -120 degrees celsius.

Spurs, often one of the most severely injury-hit sides in the Premier League, were using the chambers to help nurse crocked stars such as Rafael van der Vaart, Ledley King and Younes Kaboul back to health.

And previously to the visit of Champions League high-flyers Spurs to the kriotherapy chambers, Championship side Watford were also making use of the facility.

Company manager Stephen Pardew allowed the Hornets access to the chambers free of charge, and Golden Boys’ manager Malky Mackay was very grateful for the opportunity. He said: “I have to offer our sincere thanks to Stephen.

“We’re very privileged to be able to use his state-of-the-art facilities. All the staff there were tremendous and a change of scenery did us no harm at all as a group.”

Mr Pardew added: “I’ve got to know Malky and the players and they seem a really honest and hard-working group of guys.

“I know money’s tight at the club so this was my way of helping out and showing my support for them.

“Our staff found them all extremely professional and polite, which made for a great morning all round.”