Andy Graham

Andy’s degree took him straight to a job in professional football.

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Academically, the course gave me a fantastic skill set to go out into the world and legally practise as a sports therapist.

Andy Graham

What brought you to study at Teesside?

I’m from Scunthorpe, and after school I played for Scunthorpe United football club. I had bad experiences with injury, and spent a lot of time on the treatment table. When I bumped into a friend who had applied for a sports therapy course, I decided to apply myself - it would be something that I could relate to.

What was the course like?

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, as everybody got on with each other and all the staff were extremely helpful. I also made a lot of friends that I still keep in touch with now. Academically, the course gave me a fantastic skill set to go out into the world and legally practise as a sports therapist. My time at University also taught me valuable life lessons about time management, organisation and even learning how to manage my finances properly after discovering one day that the majority of my student loan had been spent during a few freak shopping trips.

What are you doing now?

Since I graduated I have worked for Scunthorpe United Football Club. I am responsible for the player development of the Academy players aged 8-16. A typical day for me involves assisting training with the academy manager for the under-18 team. During the evenings I coach the under-16 team and oversee the training of all other age groups. At weekends, I oversee the Academy games programme. They play pre-arranged games 40 weeks of the year. Within youth development, we have had a successful time in recent years at the club, signing a number of players on apprenticeship terms (under-18s) that have been with the club since they were nine years old, as well as having at least two players sign professional terms with the club every season.