SSTO Sports Therapy students have been working with the Fiji squad ahead of their Rugby League World Cup 2013 quarter-final clash with Samoa on Sunday.
Fiji beat Ireland 32-14 in the group stages to qualify for the next round, and are using UCLan Sports Arena as their base camp in preparation for the game. The players took advantage of our new Physiotherapy Clinic for treatment and received sports massage from UCLan's second and third year sports therapy students.
Mick Reid, Strength and Conditioning Coach for Fiji, said: "We've had a warm welcome from the staff and students at UCLan and it's great that everything we need is practically in one place.
"Access to physiotherapy and sports massage treatments is vital for the players' well-being and it's great that in return we're able to provide practical experience for the students carrying out the massage sessions."
UCLan's Academic Director of Sport, Dr Adrian Ibbetson, commented: "We're happy to welcome the Fijian team to the Arena to use our first-class facilities as part of their training process, particularly as this builds on our friendship having hosted athletes from the country for their Olympic preparations.
"UCLan helped bring the spirit of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 to the local community during Ireland's recent stay by working with the team to hold a coaching master class, school tag tournament and open training sessions. The Irish team did a great job of boosting rugby league interest in Lancashire and we aim to continue this by supporting Fiji in their World Cup campaign.
Pictures from the session can be viewed here.