James is enjoying his career as a physiotherapist and has already worked for numerous football clubs.
Gaining my degree and meeting inspirational people was the essential catalyst to my career.
The course was tough but enjoyable – it was worth it knowing that once we graduated we would be trained as competent physiotherapists.
A large part of the second and third years centred around placements within hospital settings which was challenging but also made the course really relevant and vocational.
I really enjoyed the anatomy and physiology modules as well as the sports injuries module. I also enjoyed the hospital placements, especially those with a musculoskeletal emphasis.
As a cohort we were fairly tight knit and established good friendships. Many of my class mates remain friends and we still catch up now.
A core element of the course was to complete 1000 hours of supervised practice so we all did lots of different placements. Each placement had its own benefits but I was fortunate enough to do two placements with one of the lecturers, Julie Sparrow - a physiotherapist with extensive sports experience. This opportunity inspired me further to pursue a career in sport.
As a student I also managed to do an elective placement with Newcastle United's Academy which further cemented my interest in sport physiotherapy.
The accommodation was great. I lived in halls for all three years of my course and even ended up being a resident’s warden in my final two years which helped me pay some bills along the way. The halls were very close to the University and I enjoyed my time there.
I became the student rep for our class, which turned into me becoming a regional rep for the North East and ultimately chair of the student body of the chartered society of physiotherapy in my final year, chairing the national student conference.
Since graduating I have continued studying and am currently working on my third postgraduate qualification. When I qualified I stared work with the Academy at Newcastle United and remained there for over four years. I was then appointed as the head physiotherapist at Hartlepool United. I left there to join Huddersfield Town in 2012 as head of the medical department in the championship.
In 2015 I left there to join the medical department at Arsenal, working as a first team physiotherapist. I have also been fortunate enough to work as a consultant with the English Institute of Sport and more recently the Welsh national football team.