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Lecturer launches Oz-inspired massage course

Paul Brown in the college’s new sports massage treatment area

A Sunderland College sports lecturer has been inspired to launch a new course after spending a sabbatical year in Australia developing his massage skills and treating top class athletes.

Paul Brown worked with professional tennis and netball players as well as gaining two massage therapy qualifications during his time in Sydney and Brisbane.

He provided massage therapy support and assisted physiotherapists at the Queensland Tennis Academy based in the Pat Rafter Arena as well as treating the Queensland Firebirds Netball Team which competes in the premier netball league ANZ Championship.

Paul also spent time as a volunteer during the 2013 wild fires in New South Wales where he offered massage treatments to members of the emergency services and families who were affected by the natural disaster.

Now Paul, who qualified from the Australasian College of Natural Therapies with a Diploma in Remedial Massage, is bringing his new-found knowledge and experience to Sunderland College.

He will be teaching a Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy adult course which launches on 30 September and will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Paul, who arrived back in the UK last month, said: “The courses I studied in Australia were brilliant and the opportunities were incredible. Not only did I gain some excellent skills but I also got the chance to treat athletes who are at the top of their game.

“I am very excited about creating this new course at Sunderland College which is ideal for people who would like to pursue a career in sports massage therapy, either operating independently or within a gym or sports facility, and also for those who want to study massage therapy and physiotherapy at a higher level. The course will encompass elements of my Australian studies with a focus on functional anatomy and applying sports massage methods.”

The one-year course will be delivered at Sunderland College’s new sports building at Bede Campus which features state-of-the-art sports massage treatment areas.

Paul’s long-term vision is to deliver a range of massage course levels and he is also exploring the idea of opening a massage clinic within the college and developing links with local sports clubs.

He added: “The college has excellent sports facilities and the learning environment in the new sports building is second-to-none. It would be great to develop our sports massage courses further and offer our sports academy students massage therapy support and in-house work experience opportunities.”

It’s not too late to enrol on a course at Sunderland College. For more information about courses and enrolment ring 0191 5116000 or email info@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk

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