Staffs sports therapists support Tower to Tower challenge

“It's a great opportunity for students and grduates to put their skills into practice while supporting a very worthy cause."

Steve Bateman, Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy

Local figures taking on a gruelling 530 kilometre challenge for charity are being put through their paces in Staffordshire University's specialist sports labs.

24 celebrities and members of the community will cycle, row and walk from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to London Bridge in May to raise funds for the Donna Louise Hospice.

Staffordshire University is Tower to Tower's official Education Partner and is offering ongoing support as the team prepares for the challenge.

“Students and graduates from our Sports Therapy courses are carrying out physiological fitness testing and providing advice on training, injury prevention and strength and conditioning.” explained Steve Bateman, Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy.

“It's a great opportunity for them to put their skills into practice while supporting a very worthy cause. The money raised will go towards funding Donna Louise's new dedicated service for young adults which is a fantastic project.”

Steve took part in Donna Louise's 2015 open water row across The Channel which raised more than £300,000 for the charity and he will also take on this year's trio of events.

Recent graduates Sam Cutler and Natalie Jones will provide medical support for the team during the challenge, administering first aid, sports massage and sports therapy on the road.

Sam said: “I will be treating on the cycle, the row and also the walk. By that point some of them might be struggling so it will be a big task for us as a medical team!

“This event has kept me connected with Staffs. I haven't left so-to-speak and I'm still welcome back in. It's also great for my CV, it’s a once of in a lifetime opportunity to be part of it.”

Gareth Higgins, Managing Director of Staffordshire engineering business KMF, is part of this year’s team. He said: “I have spent bit of time with Sam and Steve. It's great to know that they are involved and we've got the backing of the University.”

“It's helped me massively and motivated me not to do worse than the previous tests. It's been great, particularly the work around how to stop injuries and the tests to see how prone we are to injuries."

You can donate to the Tower to Tower challenge on Steve Bateman's fundraising page here.

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