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Physios supporting athletes across all abilities

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An exciting opportunity to combine support for disabled and able-bodied sport with professional development for Allied Health Professionals to promote and facilitate sport and health in Wales.

The work to provide this group of physiotherapy volunteers for 2012 and beyond is a collaborative effort between Cardiff University School of Healthcare Studies, Federation of Disability Sport Wales (FDSW), Sports Council for Wales High Performance Unit (SCW) and the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) Major Events Unit.

The programme of professional development for physiotherapists aims towards excellence for a World Class volunteer support service provision for all countries based in Wales prior to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The project is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government and provides a legacy effect in a number of important areas throughout the Nation including:

  • support for high performance and developing athletes
  • increased recreational sport participation
  • using exercise towards a healthier population in Wales
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Who can join the Programme?

This All Wales project is aimed at qualified and student physiotherapists throughout Wales. Teams basing themselves in Wales will need support on a number of different levels, which will provide opportunities for individuals with different amounts of experience.

Level 1 - These people will be general volunteers/carers who will be able to perform the tasks necessary to assist in the smooth running of the holding camps and training venues. They would probably be final year student physiotherapists but could be a number of health related professions.

Level 2 - These volunteers will have additional skills to level 1 to provide Sports Massage and assist in Sports First Aid at training venues. These volunteers would probably be new physiotherapy graduates.

Level 3 - The volunteers would be able to assist the team physiotherapists provide treatment for athletes as required. These volunteers would be qualified physiotherapists with additional sports experience.

How will it work?

The training at different levels will be ongoing over the next 3 years. It will be a combination of evening workshops and seminars, supported by mentored experience working with various sports through the FDSW and SCW.

What will it cost?

Thanks to the commitment of all the collaborating partners, this training opportunity will be free of charge to all participants.

Benefits to participants
The opportunity to participate in mentored placements, working with different squads or clubs will
undoubtedly be inspiring, both on a personal and professional level.

  • Learn more about working in disability sport
  • Gain valuable practical experience in the sporting field
  • Promoting friendship through volunteering
  • A chance to get involved in 2012

Benefits to employers

Volunteering brings many benefits and although the majority of this project will be done over evenings and weekends in their own time, participants will bring additional knowledge and skills back into the workplace to enhance patient care.

  • Improved awareness of opportunities for participation in disability sport across Wales to better inform patients
  • Improved skills of working with a variety of active individuals with a disability
  • Enhanced skills towards proactive primary care, towards health active lifestyles – supporting equality and inclusion in the community

Benefits to athletes in Wales

The aim of the project is to use the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London as a catalyst to inspire young professionals to continue volunteering to work with athletes beyond 2012. in this way sport in Wales will benefit from a much needed increase in trained volunteer support to help athletes at all levels and abilities achieve their personal goals.


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