A GCU student is celebrating international success after helping Scotland’s National Cerebral Palsy football team win a prestigious tournament.
Fourth year physiotherapy student was the team’s first aider headed as they won the Barcelona International CP Football Trophy this month.
After defeating Italy, Spain and Northern Ireland and scoring a total of 31 goals, Scotland were the stand out team of the tournament.
The Scottish National CP Football Team is Scotland's National Football Team for athletes with cerebral palsy, stroke and acquired or traumatic brain injury.
The squad currently consists of 18 players, which includes numerous Paralympians, and is open to any Scottish footballer who has cerebral palsy, stroke and acquired or traumatic brain injury.
As the team’s pitch-side first aider, Jack’s voluntary role involves treating any on-field injuries, planning rehabilitation processes and leading warm-ups/stretching sessions.
Not only is this an incredible opportunity for Jack to develop his professional career but he is honoured to have represented Scotland and help individuals keen to pursue their passion for football despite past or current health problems;
“It was an immensely proud moment to represent my country at an international level. I didn’t think an opportunity like this would arise at such an early stage within my career. It was a fantastic week away with a great bunch of boys, who all worked immensely hard to be there. Winning the tournament was just so special knowing how much it meant to everyone involved.”
The team is seeking the support of businesses and organisations across Scotland to help them obtain the vital funds required to keep them competing on an international level.
Funds raised will be used to book pitches and facilities for training sessions, kit the team out with strips and training clothing, travel and accommodation when competing at international competitions as well as transport for national competitions.
Find out more about Scotland’s National CP Team.
By Rebecca Meechan.