Premier League work for Moulton College students
Four Moulton College Sports Therapy students were recruited by Stoke City Football Club to provide support to the under 21 and under 18 academy teams during their recent pre-season training camp, held at Moulton College. Stephen Bottom, Christopher Willetts, Rochelle Buick and Rachel Simpson were invited by the Head of Sports Science and Athletic Development, Paul White, to spend a week working alongside Kevin Mulholland (Head Academy Physiotherapist) and Brett Helme (Sports Rehabilitator) as they prepared their development squads for the forthcoming 2013 season.
Academy director Dave Wright told stokecityfc.com he believes the week-long training camp held at Moulton College is the ideal way for the new faces in Stoke City's Academy to get to know one another ahead of the new season and "Coming away for the week is perfect as it gives both Glyn Hodges (Head of Coaching) and John Perkins (under 18s team manager) the chance to get to know what they have at their disposal. It's been a good week so far and it's been very hot down here. The idea is to get the fitness levels of the players up and for them to get minutes under their belts”.
The Moulton College students have gained invaluable experience, providing massage support both pre and post training, aiding players in their preparation and recovery between sessions as well as offering pitch side assistance during the pre-season friendly fixtures against Northampton Town and Watford. Not only gaining invaluable experience to add to their CVs, the students have been able to understand the levels of preparation put into place when working with professional sports clubs and their athletes to ensure injuries are kept to a minimum. The students all enjoyed the opportunity stating of the experience, “It’s great that the college has made these connections with a Premier League club, as it allows us to add real work experience to our CVs just as we are about to graduate. Being able to work up close with established players such as Jermaine Pennant has given us great inspiration to establish a career in sports therapy”.
Paul White concluded on the work provided by the students by stating, “The four students we had last week were excellent, they were professional and hard working and really were a real help to us and a credit to the students graduating from Moulton College”.