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Sports Therapy students get hands on experience

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Sports Therapy students get hands on experience

Three graduates from UEL’s Sports Therapy Employability Programme (STEP) and a current second year student got some valuable hands-on experience at an international cricket tournament this month.

Seven local cricket clubs hosted the week-long stage of group games for the ICC World Cricket League tournament, which featured teams from seven countries including Botswana, Suriname, and the Cayman Islands.

Graduate interns from STEP Najina Campous, Natasha Furnell and Camilla Smee, and second-year student Natalie Crosby, were put in charge of sports therapy for the players from six of the countries, while recent UEL graduate Khian Graham-Minott worked exclusively with Norway’s national team.

Camilla was very positive about the experience.

“The atmosphere was really good and I really enjoyed working with the teams,” she said. “I’ve never worked with cricketers before, so it’s been a great opportunity for me to see what it’s all about and see some different injuries.”

Natalie was equally enthusiastic.

"My time at the tournament was an eye opener. Not only has it confirmed that I am on the right course, with the right university: it also affirms that this is what I want to do. This week has pushed me in ways that can only be experienced in the field. No lecture or practical session can recreate real-life scenarios like cricket balls to the head and adductor tears.  Or the feeling of having looked after a player throughout the tournament, who has been extremely grateful for your assistance pitch-side when they thought they couldn’t carry on. I hope that opportunities to work at more major tournaments come around. Events like this and the experiences they give you are priceless."

Louise Mitchell, the Community Administration and Events Officer at Essex County Cricket was lavish in her praise of the UEL volunteers.

“The sports therapists who assisted at the grounds and at the hotel were absolutely superb,” she said. “Throughout the tournament they maintained their professionalism at all times. Their knowledge was superb and many of the players saw them for various ailments throughout the games, and in the evenings. We received great feedback from the countries and individual players who were seen. It would be great to maintain our relationship with UEL for all future events, courses, tournaments etc.”

 The sports therapy team was organised by UEL’s programme leader Michael Cole.

“I am extremely pleased to lead this project and work alongside graduates of such high calibre,” he said. The ‘STEPers’ and student were  a credit to themselves and to UEL Sports Therapy and should be extremely proud to have gained experience at such a prestigious sporting event.”