The Sports Medicine Academy Programme
The Sports Medicine Academy is currently in its 5th year, being introduced in to the Academy structure from September 2012.
Sports Medicine Academy students will undertake the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science qualification with the option of taking A level Biology. Built in to their academic timetable are a number of qualifications related to personal training, sports therapy, physiotherapy, sports rehabilitation and sports massage.
Students undertake a two year work experience placement, working directly with Doncaster Rovers, Doncaster Rugby League club, the NHS and our very own graduate sports therapist, gaining hands-on experience in the treatment, management and rehabilitation of athletes and their injuries.
Currently the students on the Sports Medicine Academy undertake a season long placement at Doncaster Rovers FC working with Alex Dalton, who is the first team physiotherapist by providing sports massage to players from the u18’s squad to the first team.
Students will also complete a year’s placement with the Dons (Doncaster Rugby League) working alongside the first team physiotherapist to provide sports massage to the players at the Dons.
Alongside the professional placements, students have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience working within the NHS with the physiotherapy and rehabilitation department and / or fracture clinic.
We currently have 16 students within the Sports Medicine Academy, travelling from all over South Yorkshire to continue their studies and widen their experience in the hope of gaining a place at University to pursue a career in the sports therapy field or go into the world of employment with the qualifications gained from the Sports Medicine Academy.
We are looking for students with the same positive attitude and motivation to succeed in such a demanding and rewarding Academy. A must for any student aspiring to achieve a career in sports therapy, physiotherapy, sports rehabilitation or personal training.
The students on the course will study:
- BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
- Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym-Based Exercise
- Level 3 Diploma in Massage and Therapies for Sport (QCF) which includes Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF)
- Emergency First Aid at Work
Students will also have the option to study:
- Level 2 Award in Instructing Kettlebell Sessions
- Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (QCF)
- Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral (QCF)
- Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF)
- A Level in Biology (Must have a GCSE grade B in Science)
- Membership and Insurance with the Sports Massage Association
Where are students now?
Sarah Paul – Doncaster University – BSc Sport, Fitness and Exercise
Jake Rimmer – Teesside University – BSc Sports Therapy
Rebecca Taylor – Teesside University – BSc Sports Therapy
Michaela Grisdale – Leeds Beckett University – BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy
Jessica Borrowdale – Cardiff Metropolitan University – BSc Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage
Brooke Chapell - Sheffield Hallamshire University – BSc Physical activity, Fitness and Health
Shannon Brooks - Leeds Beckett University – BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy
Caitlin Dodd - Leeds Beckett University – BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy
James Kitching - Leeds Beckett University – BSc Sports and Exercise Science
Inderveer Matoo - Leeds Beckett University – BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy
Alicia Haste – Bannantynes Gym – Full Time Fitness Advisor
Emily Parkin - Sheffield Hallamshire University – BSc Physiotherapy and First Team Therapist at Rossington Main FC
Alisha Leggott – Private practice – self employed
Paige Leedale – Apprentice with Activ8 Coaching
Robyn Royston – York St. Johns University - BSc Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation
Layla Welburn – York St. Johns University - BSc Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation
Tia Rowe – Leeds Becket University - BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy
Joe Colclough – Leeds Becket University - BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy
What other opportunities’ are there for me on sports medicine academy?
To build up a complete hands on experience for all students in the sports medicine academy, the students have the chance to attend a range of workshops who are led by highly qualified professionals in their own industry and will present ideas on how to prepare for life and university programmes within the sports medicine, health and fitness industries.
Students will be able to get hands on practical experience of techniques and procedures to use when dealing with different scenarios within the sports medicine, health and fitness industries.
Students will be able to focus on the skills that they will utilize in their chosen environment with an extensive amount of lab time set aside to do this.
The workshops available are:
Clinical Sports Medicine - This workshop will focus the clinical side of sports medicine sports accompanied by guest speaker Dr Neil Pease who works at NHS Der-by Teaching Hospital.
Neil has specialised in sports medicine at the University of Glasgow and has worked in public health for several years and with rugby super league side Hull Kingston Rovers.
Neil aims to show the students how to use intubation which is used to put an airway down the throat to secure the airway. This would benefit students who wish to go onto clinical sports medicine.
Neil will also be showing the students how to use a laryngoscope which is used for looking down the throat and a selection of different airways.
Sports Massage Therapy - This workshop will focus sports massage within sports and accompanied by guest speaker Ben Mortlock who works at Hull City FC as the first team massage therapist.
Ben has had a vast career since graduating Teesside University in 2008 with a BSc in Sports Therapy.
Ben has worked with the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur, Barnet FC and Grimsby Town FC.
Not all of Ben’s work has been involved in sport, he has also worked with clients such as Lenny Henry, Usher and many X Factor celebrities as well as an extensive list of private clinic experience.
Ben’s professionalism doesn't stop there, he is currently the captain for the England Futsal Team with over 65 appearances.
Physiotherapy - This workshop will focus on medical assessment within sport and accompanied by guest speaker Mark Laurens who owns his own private clinic, Back on Track in Doncaster.
Mark started his career as a sports masseur having completed his diploma in sports massage in 2002. Whilst working part time for cycling teams and professional triathletes, he completed his advanced diploma in sports therapy which was followed on by an undergraduate degree in physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University.
Mark has spent most of his career in private practice and working in professional football clubs such as Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday. Mark also supports many upcoming young athletes in tennis, rugby, golf and many more other sports in their bid to become international stars.
Personal Training - This workshop will focus on the personal training side of sports medicine accompanied by guest speaker Kris Finney who owns a successful personal training company Fiitstyle.
Kris started his career in health and fitness with a BSc degree in sport and a PGCE in teaching. He has recently returned back from Los Angeles where he played football in the American league and coached in the women's professional academies.
Kris has trained a variety of clients to achieve their goals, including everything from general weight loss, to competing in the UK BFF body fitness awards.
Kris’ past experience has ranged from head of PE to coaching young athletes who are currently in professional football such as Tom Cairney who currently plays at Fulham FC.
What our past students have to say about the Sports Medicine Academy:
“The sports medicine course is an ideal further educational option which offers those who have a particular interest in being either sports or physio therapists. The course offers a wide range of opportunities that students should grab with both hands.
There is the option of gaining a first aid qualification and then working with the academy teams once you are qualified to practise these skills. Currently we are part of a trip to Barcelona as part of an AC Milan Junior Camp with the male football academy where we get the opportunity to shadow the physiotherapist at a major professional European club.
The teaching we have received so far has been excellent as the teachers constantly push you to ensure you reach your potential and support as much as possible with the work.”
Michaela Grisdale, Past Sports Medicine Academy Student now at Leeds Beckett University studying BSc Sports & Exercise Therapy
“Sports Medicine is a great course; you find a lot of useful information get a lot of experience and build up your confidence of working with sports teams. It is a really good course which can gain a lot from this course.”
Rebecca Taylor, Past Sports Medicine Academy now at Teesside University studying BSc Sports Therapy
“The Sports Medicine course is a very enjoyable course and involves a lot of great practical modules. The teaching staff are great and are easy to get along with. This course offers me numerous qualifications enabling people to have an opportunity in any gym / therapy related work. I highly recommend the course to any student.”
Jake Rimmer, Past Sports Medicine Academy now at Teesside University studying BSc Sports Therapy“I chose to study within the sports medicine academy at Balby Carr as the course gives you so much more experience than any other sixth form in Doncaster. Rick allows students to take part ownership in a massage clinic we open for the football academy players in order to gain invaluable hands on experience as a therapist and business person.
We also attend Barnsley FC weekly where we are given the opportunity to practise sports massage within a professional environment and learn from a physiotherapist who is at the top of their game.
I found that the opportunities available to me on the sports medicine academy are truly amazing and I highly recommend this course to anybody.”
Jessica Borrowdale, Past Sports Medicine Academy now at Cardiff Metropolitan University studying BSc Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage
“Sports Medicine has to be the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s a lot of hard work, but you have a lot of support from other students and from Rick. The best thing for me has been the massage aspect of the course as you get to practice on all different types of people as you would do in the working world.”
Alisha Leggott, current second year student on the Sports Medicine Academy
“Sports medicine is a really good because you get so much out of the course. Although the course involves a lot of hard work, Rick shows 100% commitment to ensuring you understand the work and stay focused. In addition, the practical work is really interesting and makes up for all the hard work you put into the course, I would highly recommend this course!”
Paige Leedale, current second year student on the Sports Medicine Academy
“Sports medicine is a really enjoyable course and allows you to get involved with a lot of practical work. The course offers a lot of qualifications which will help towards gaining a place at university and thereafter.”
Caitlin Dodd, current second year student on the Sports Medicine Academy
“The sports medicine academy has so much practical to the course it has made me grow in confidence and I really enjoy it. With the help of Rick, im sure I will be able to choose the correct pathway for my career post Balby Carr.
Emily Parkin, current second year student on the Sports Medicine Academy
“Sports Medicine is a great course which I have learnt lots of new practical skills. It has helped me to get where I want to be and I have enjoyed the experience along the way.”
Alicia Haste, current second year student on the Sports Medicine Academy
“I’ve enjoyed the sports medicine academy a lot. The course is very good, the practical is excellent and Rick is very easy to get along with. Alongside this I have also had the opportunity to work alongside professional football players at Doncaster Rovers FC.”
James Kitching, current second year student on the Sports Medicine Academy
“I feel that the sports medicine academy is a fantastic opportunity for any person wishing to study in the field of sports medicine to gain lots of experience. I have found that my confidence has built up tremendously since being within the sports medicine academy which helps me to pursue many career options.”
Inderveer Matoo, current second year student on the Sports Medicine Academy