Jeggo uses his small garden not only for strength exercises, but also to keep playing football. The Australian is sprinting in the park, 600 meters away, and has put together a larger run for his endurance units.
‘I think it's a big change in everyday life for everyone in Austria and now almost all over the world. Of course, I miss working with the boys during the trainings. But it is very important that everyone stays at home in order to get the virus under control,’ says Jimmy Jeggo, who makes the best of the extraordinary circumstances:
‘It's nice to spend so much time with my family. We play a lot with the little one and we have a lot of fun. While she is sleeping, there is still enough time to train,’ explains the Australian national team player, who also keeps up with his great passion for football outside of the home program.
‘I watch a lot of videos on YouTube about game systems and philosophies in football and write down my thoughts on them in a small notebook,’ says Jeggo, who has been thinking about the time after his active career for several years: ‘For me it’s an interesting option to become a coach. That's why I want to use the time to continue my education - this is very important to me to keep sane during this time.’
In his current favourite Netflix show, everything revolves around the ball as well. ‘'The English Game' is a short series about football in England in the 19th century. It's also about life in general at that time, the big difference between rich and poor and how football brings everyone together, I think it's a really interesting series,’ says the 28-year-old.
In the team’s dressing room, Jimmy Jeggo is known for always having an open ear for his teammates, so he regularly maintains contact via WhatsApp and SAP. He talks to the US centre back Erik Palmer-Brown via Facetime almost every day. The organization of Austria Wien in this extraordinary situation impresses him:
‘Everything went very quickly in the beginning, but Austria Wien was very well prepared. We immediately got a very good training program. The contact with the coaches and physiotherapists is very well organized. The daily questionnaire is also important, so you ask yourself: Did I sleep well? Did I eat well? This is important in order to not get into a negative routine,’ explains the Australian national team player.
Jeggo also asks a lot of questions about the corona virus and its effects, he gets a lot of information and talks to his family about it. His parents live in Australia, the rest in England. The 28-year-old feels that Austria has comparatively good control over the situation:
‘I've talked to them about it many times, since here in Austria we were under lockdown much earlier. I think Austria did very well because the measures were implemented quickly and clearly. When I run, I see that it is relatively calm and that people abide by the rules. In England and Australia similar measures have only been in place for a few days now.’