Glasgow MSP Anas Sarwar meets student physio team at Homeless World Cup

14 July 2016

Glasgow MSP Anas Sarwar meets student physio team at Homeless World Cup

MSP Anas Sarwar today (July 14) met with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) students who have been volunteering during the Homeless World Cup 2016.

The students have been providing treatment for injured players during the tournament, gaining valuable experience of the type of injuries they might have to deal with in their future careers, as well as first-hand experience of working at a high-profile event with competitors from across the world.

Mr Sarwar said: “It’s great to see students from GCU so involved in delivering the Homeless World Cup. The support the University has shown as an institution has been fantastic. It’s great that students have been given the opportunity to see what being a physiotherapist is all about, getting experience which will help them when they go on to employment.”

GCU has provided nine student volunteers and two fully qualified physiotherapists, who have been treating up to 100 players a day. 

The University is an official Event Partner in the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow, hosting hundreds of participants on campus and providing volunteers throughout the event.

Megan Lloyd, a PhD student who is leading the team of GCU students, said: “The players so far have had a lot of muscular injuries. The event is giving us a lot of experience of different nationalities and working with others as well as different injuries. It’s been great to work with people from other countries and see how they do things. This is a great opportunity to get involved in something that we wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to do.”

Alex Michaud, a student at GCU who has been volunteering at the Homeless World Cup said that he wanted to get involved with the Homeless World Cup because he was interested in Sports Physiotherapy.

“This has been a great opportunity to help people. This hasn’t just been about myself but about helping the whole community. We’ve got real patients here, which is brilliant. It’s a great atmosphere in the stadium and with the players. People have been very thankful for everything we’ve been doing which has been rewarding.”

Mr Sarwar added: “GCU is the University of the Common Good; it helps individuals shape themselves, shape their lives and shape society, in our community here in Glasgow and beyond. It’s a University that is on the up, not just in Scottish terms but internationally too.”