Leigh Miners Rangers have continued to use their partnership with the University of Central Lancashire, in order to provide the best medical support to our players whilst providing a suitable learning platform for the UCLan students within the club.
There will be two new faces joining the club and the first of the duo is Alistair Pow, who will be working as part of the Miners’ National Conference League (NCL) therapy team under newly appointed Head of Sports Therapy Nathan Strong.
Pow is currently a fourth year student at the University, where he is studying a BSc in Sports Therapy.
He spent one of his first thee years studying out in the United States of America.
Whilst out in the US, Alistair majored in Athletic Training at Colorado Mesa University, where he built up his experience in the University-run Sport Injury Clinic.
He also completed an internship with the Rocky Mountain Orthopedic Associates’ Physical Therapy department.
He is currently undergoing a work placement with Preston North End Football Club, where he works with the under 18s squad.
Pow’s CV includes a VTCT Level 4 Sport Massage qualification, a QCF Level 2 in Fitness Instruction, a Level 1 in RockTape Functional Movement Taping and a Level 1 in Emergency Aid and Trauma Management.
Once he completes his BSc in the summer, he plans to do a Masters in Physiotherapy.
The second of the pairing is Daniel Luke, who is in the final year of his BSc Sports Therapy degree.
Luke, who will be working with the club’s North-West team, boasts over 600 hours of placement experience, including pitchside first aid, injury assessment, soft tissue therapy, manual therapy and injury rehabilitation.
Dan’s CV also contains a VTCT Level 4 in Sports Massage Therapy, as well as a Basic First Aid in Sport (BFAS) qualification, which he completed at UCLan; he also secured an Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme (URIS) last summer.
Like Alistair, Daniel is currently on work placement at Preston North End F.C. where he works with the academy side.
However, he has previous experience in both codes of rugby at amateur, professional and international level, having worked for Wharfedale RUFC, Sale Sharks’ academy, Wakefield Trinity, St Helens and Scotland during the recent Four Nations tournament.