During October, London FA are connecting with our members exploring the Black History Month theme of Proud To Be.
I am proud to work in the health and fitness industry as a Sports Therapist, running my own injury clinic and leading the medical team at an established London football club. However, within my 8 years I must say I have not seen many other rehab experts who look like me. Not to say they are not out there, I just feel there is not a strong representation in the football pyramid. It does make me proud that the black community has a professional that they may find easier to relate to and work with in certain situations.
One of my passions is to provide a platform for the next batch of physios, undergraduates or post graduates. Allowing them to work at my clinic and at Dulwich Hamlet FC, helps them to gain hands-on experience with real injuries and gain an understanding as to what a career in this field could look like. I think it is so important for young, black therapists to be given an opportunity and if I can provide that I will.
In recent years, I have set up a hub for recent medical graduates, where they can connect, share ideas and work together. Also, any jobs or projects that I get told about I will refer them through to help them get a foot in the door and build their portfolio and professional network.
My aim is to provide for other young black therapists what wasn't always provided for me!