TAKING a year out Down Under has inspired a Sunderland College sports lecturer to launch a new course.
Paul Brown spent a sabbatical year in Australia developing his massage skills and treating top- class athletes.
As well as gaining two qualifications during his time in Sydney and Brisbane, he helped out during the devastating wild fires in New South Wales, where he offered massages to members of the emergency services and families affected by the natural disaster.
Paul, who arrived back in the UK last month, also worked with professional athletes – including the Queensland Firebirds Netball Team – and assisted physiotherapists at the Queensland Tennis Academy.
Now Paul, who qualified from the Australasian College of Natural Therapies with a Diploma in Remedial Massage, is bringing his new-found knowledge to Sunderland College.
He will be teaching a one-year Sports Massage Therapy course, at the college’s new sports building at Bede Campus, starting on September 30. Paul 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 excited about creating this new course, 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.”