The football season has kicked off once again, which means thousands of amateur and professional footballers will be taking to the park pitches every Sunday morning for the next eight months. As with all forms of physical exercise, it’s absolutely vital for footballers to ensure they maintain a proper level of hydration whilst playing. A lack of water intake can not only seriously impact performance levels, but can also have an ill effect on health. If you’re all set to take to the pitch in the coming months, you should always ensure you have a full bottle of water to hand. Before any game or training session, take a sports-cap bottle and fill it with fresh cool water. If you’re training at a leisure centre you might be able to fill it at the facility’s water coolers. You could use a freeze box to keep the water at a low temperature during the game – especially useful if we’re lucky enough to experience an Indian summer this autumn. However, if you do plan to use a freeze box, make sure you can easily get to it from the side of the pitch. You’ll probably need to refresh at various points during the game – and the referee, your opponents, and, quite possibly, your teammates aren’t going to be best pleased with you if you interrupt the game to rush off to rehydrate. (Although you should always drink if you feel the effects of dehydration coming on, no matter what other players think!) There’s a real balance to be struck. You need to drink enough water to keep your hydrations level up, but not so much you’ll be rushing to the bathroom at the most inopportune of moments. The general rule is to drink normally before the game starts, drink when you feel necessary during the action, and a balanced amount during the halftime interval. This approach will provide you with everything you need to perform well and have a fantastic game. Latest news from Angel Springs, leading UK supplier of office water dispensers, bottled and mains-fed water coolers and eco boilers.