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Sports Therapy Students to Assist in American Football Tournament

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Two Sports Therapy students are heading off to America at New Year to help a Worcestershire girls’ football club in a major tournament.

Fran Page and Carly Parfitt, both third year students at the University of Worcester, will be providing First Aid cover and Sports Therapy support to Worcestershire County Schools FA Under 16s when they participate in the Disney Soccer Showcase Cup in Orlando, Florida.

The pair have been assisting at the Club for two years now, attending every home and away match.

“It’s really exciting to have been asked to go with the girls to this tournament, which is the biggest competition for girls’ football in America,” said 20-year-old Fran, from Willenhall. “We have built up a really good relationship with the girls and their coaches and we are so pleased to be considered an important part of their squad.”

Fran and Carly have each received a £500 scholarship from the University of Worcester to fund the trip.

“The trip is costing £1,650 for each of us,” 21-year-old Carly, from Chesterfield. “The FA has subsidised £1,000, which meant we had to find the other £650. It’s fantastic that the University has stepped in to help us.”

Fran, a former pupil at Pool Hayes Arts & Community School in Willenhall, and Carly, who attended Tupton Hall School in Chesterfield, fly off to America on December 28.

“It’s going to be an amazing trip,” said Carly. “Not only will it be an excellent personal experience but it’s also fantastic for our employability once we’ve finished our degree. We are getting real-world experience working with a Club.”

“Working with the girls has been really valuable alongside our studies,” Fran added. “It’s allowed us to put into practice what we have been learning, and at the same time has been really beneficial to the Club.”