Jason Wheeler #19 of London Nexus clinic in Belgium
It started with a late night Eurostar trip from London to Brussels, I sat on the train going through last preparations and details of the things I’d cover in the clinic. Two and a half hours later my train was pulling up to the station in Brussels central, I was picked up from the station by my friend, Jonathan Edwards, and we headed straight to one of the bars in Brussels. On the way I did my typical tourist thing of taking pictures of anything and everything I came across, although I have to admit, Brussels architecture is incredible. Once I arrived at ‘Delirium’ – a bar in Brussels that stocks 2,000 different types of beer! – I had to try their most popular brand before getting some sleep as we had an early start the next day.
I woke up early and headed to the site to get the layout of the field ready for what I wanted to cover that day. Myself, Andrew and Jonathan all headed to the site which was around 40mins drive. The paintball site itself was probably one of the most unusual setups but the grass and layout were awesome, it was on a field that was owned by bikers, with tattoos all over and leather jackets. They use the land to have biker meet ups and the caretaker of the area lived in a mobile home 24/7 on site but they are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met! Never judge a book by its cover as they say!
We started the morning with the warm up to get the guys ready for some drills. Andrew and Jonathan were on hand to translate as some of the guys knew little English. We worked through different stages, firstly on gun skills, positioning and general techniques that can make a huge difference, building each new aspect into a game style situation. Some of the drills proved harder than others, especially the ’35 squat drill’ which was difficult for some players, but entertaining for all!
On Saturday night I was able to get out and see more of Brussels. After a brief stop at the trendy appartment of site owner and clinic organiser Alex Nerac, we headed into town and back to Delirium and met up with Andrew, Jonathan and their friends. Delirium’s Mojitos are one of the biggest and best that money can buy, so Alex ordered one for us to share. It came out with 10 straws and was enough for 4 of us! It was great to see more of Brussels and hang out with some awesome people but as we still had another days paintball left, we resisted the temptation to party until sunrise and I headed back for bed.
Another early morning start and at the site ready for another good day. I began the second day of the clinic focusing more on team work drills after Saturday’s individual skill work. We had different mini game scenarios such as race to the 50 within a set amount of time to increase team work as well as communication drills which also encouraged the students to use the gun skills they learned in the first day. We did different variations of those drills right up until lunch. Then we used the last part of the day to go through specialist roles such as playing the snake.
I’d just like to thank Alex Nerc and Belgian Speed Ball League for setting up the clinic and being a great host, Andrew Battersby and Jonathan Edwards for being great friends and helping translate the whole weekend, team Monstarz (good luck for the season!) and the rest of the guys at the clinic. Everyone had a great weekend!
Jason Wheeler #19
Belgian Speedball League – http://www.bslpaintball.com