A Hartpury student is playing a leading role developing young sporting talent at a top English football team as a Strength and Conditioning coach.
Tom John, currently studying for an Honours degree in Sports Conditioning and Injury Management at Hartpury, is spending the year with Premier League outfit Southampton.
Tom is working with a variety of age groups, from Under-nines through to Under-16s, helping ensure that the club’s prospects are fit and firing on all cylinders.
He said: “My lecturer emailed me about the placement and I knew that it was a great opportunity so I applied for the position and thankfully got it.
“My responsibilities range from executing gym sessions to producing GPS reports and using this data to advising the coaches and players on what they can improve.”
The Saints are renowned for their talent production line, which has unearthed stars like Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Luke Shaw, and Tom is playing a major role in helping the club polish more diamonds.
“I work across the age groups in training and I attend all their matches, helping with pre-activation, warm ups and then with cool downs. I also help to monitor the GPS data that we capture during matches,” Tom added.
“I also work closely with physios so we can work together and make sure each player is conditioned and ready to perform to the highest standard.”
After completing two years of his course at Hartpury, the 20-year-old has found taking a placement at a professional club extremely beneficial.Tom said: “It’s ideal having a placement year because I can relate a lot of the theory I have learned in my first two years at Hartpury into my everyday duties with Southampton.
“After this season, I’ll be coming back to Hartpury to complete my final year and then my aim is to get a job within professional football, although I’d also like to work in other sports to increase my knowledge.
“I firmly believe sports science will become a bigger influence on football as the years go on and I’m hoping to play a major part in that move.”