Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Sport Therapy Students support the Princes Gate Trust

17.08.2015

Students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Carmarthen, studying on the BSc (Hons) Sport Therapy course have recently supported the Princes Gate Trust during a 2 day charity bike ride from London to Cardiff. 

Four undergraduate Sports Therapy students took time out of their summer holidays to support the charity in June this year. The Princes Gate Trust is a charitable trust set up to help initiatives that  focus on supporting healthy and active lifestyles, children in need, water aid and servicemen and women and their families.

The students, Jake Williams, Ellie Edwards, Richard Thomas and Richard Brook,  volunteered to support riders taking part in the 2 day, 170-mile charity bike ride from London to Cardiff by providing first aid and soft tissue therapy support to all riders completing the gruelling challenge.

During the cycle the students were on hand to provide first aid along the course and at specific stops. At the end of each day, the students set up a soft tissue clinic for all cyclists. They worked late in to the night to help riders with their sore, stiff and tight muscles and to help them recover.

Jake Williams said, “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Princes Gate Trust cycle, I was able to develop my skills as a trainee sports therapist providing soft tissue treatments to the cyclists and first aid when called upon.

“As a sports therapy team, we had positive feedback. One person said to us, ‘Without you guys I would have not completed the race’ and this gave us all great confidence moving forward with our studies. Speaking to people from the Princes Gate Trust it is clear to see what a fantastic charity it is – it was a pleasure to be involved with this fantastic event.”

Sports Therapy students from UWTSD are offered a number of external placements throughout their studies on the BSc (Hons) programme.

Programme Director of the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy programme, Kate Evans said:  “The School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education’s motto is ‘Challenge by Choice’ and it is hoped that every student will challenge themselves and get involved with as much work experience as possible during their time at University.  It is our goal to develop competent Graduate Sports Therapists, who are employable at the point of graduation. Alongside their degree which is accredited to the Society of Sports Therapists, students will also have an extensive portfolio of work experience – from the clinical based placements to exciting diverse events like the Princes Gate Trust.”

For more information on the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy at UWTSD, please visit http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bsc-sport-therapy/ 

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk 
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014