UWTSD Sports Therapy Students Gain Springbok Experience


Two final year students from UWTSD were given the opportunity to work with the South African national rugby team ahead of their Autumn international game against Wales at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

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Lou Haylock and Sara Williams, who are studying BSc Sports Therapy on the University’s Carmarthen campus, worked with and supported the Springboks medical staff in the run-up to the game earlier this month. Both Lou and Sara have gathered a huge amount of experience within rugby during their time at UWTSD with both having the opportunity to work within the regional rugby setup in Wales.  However, working with the Springboks posed another level of challenge for their thumbs! The players arrived in Cardiff at the end of a tough tour and recovery was key for them as they prepared for their last game of a long tour against Wales.

In addition to supporting the team, both Lou and Sara were invited to watch the game, with Wales coming out victorious. Lou Haylock said

We were lucky enough to work with the Springboks team in the week leading up to the Wales match in Cardiff during their Autumn tour – it was a rare opportunity and it was an incredible experience.  The medical team were really welcoming and it was amazing to see the amount of preparation and work that goes into having a team on tour for 5 weeks.”

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As the only Sports Therapy degree in Wales accredited by the Society of Sports Therapy, the programme is designed to educate competent practitioners in all aspects of Sports Therapy. Students graduating from the BSc Sports Therapy degree in Carmarthen gain the title of Graduate Sports Therapists and are eligible for full membership to the Society of Sports Therapists.  They can also choose work in private Sports Injury Clinics or with professional sports sides within the UK or overseas.  Kate Evans, Programme Director added:

“Experience is key for any aspiring Graduate Sports Therapist, and at UWTSD we want our students to leave with a great degree but also a huge amount of real-life experience that will help them stand out from the crowd. Having experience of working with an international touring team will certainly add to Sara and Lou’s CV!

‘UWTSD’s School motto is ‘challenge by choice’, we don’t force students to complete voluntary placements, but we do encourage them to make the most of their time at UWTSD and say yes to opportunities that will take them out of their comfort zone. This is a classic example of two final year students challenging themselves and reaping the rewards!”

For more information about the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree at UWTSD, the only accredited degree in Wales, follow the link: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bsc-sport-therapy/

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Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk