Great Yarmouth College students tackle childhood obesity

SPORTS students at Great Yarmouth College are working with the NHS to tackle childhood obesity in the borough and help fight other health issues with exercise.

They are running sessions with the over-50s in community project “techno gyms” and with people referred to gyms by their GPs for conditions from angina to alcoholism.

Others are providing “healing hands” in sports massage and physio care work experience – added ‘extras’ in their sports course –for stars including former Canaries Darren Huckerby, Bryan Gunn, Iwan Roberts and Dean Ashton in the “Legends” matches organised by former Norwich City and Rangers star Dale Gordon.

One second-year student has now won the job of physio to the Yarmouth Town Football Club first team on the strength of his work experience.

Former rugby player Steven Lacey, 19, will provide sport massage and physio on match days, training sessions and for players in between.

His tutor Pandora Buck, whose sports therapist career has included high-profile work including on the set of TV’s the Gladiators and for presenters Ulrika Jonsson and John Fashanu and on TV sets including ITV’s Peak Practice, says Steven, who also works part-time at Top Body gym, shows great promise.

Under her guidance, Great Yarmouth students regularly provide sports massage at ‘Legends’ matches and kickboxing events giving them a range of ‘hands-on’ experience to gain an extra qualification alongside their BTEC National Diploma to help their future employability.