Glasgow Caledonian University’s physio students aid Homeless World Cup teams

Glasgow Caledonian University’s physio students and graduates delivered pitch side massage and first aid during the 2016 Homeless World Cup this July.


Physio PhD student Megan Lloyd: All the students were brilliant. They did Cali proud.
Above: student Emily Brewer tapes the England goalkeeper

The seven-day event, where 64 teams representing 52 countries competed in Glasgow’s George Square, is designed to challenge attitudes towards homelessness, according to its organisers.

Megan Lloyd, a physiotherapy PhD student at the university, together with physio lecturer Dougie Lauchlan, organised the voluntary services of nine students and one newly-qualified physio.

They supported the work of the main physiotherapy team, who came from universities in Denmark and Norway.

‘There were MSK injuries to be treated, and lots of massage given because it was quite an intense tournament’, said Ms Lloyd.

‘We also provided education about the importance of stretching.’

She found the seven-day event to be very busy, but also rewarding and enjoyable.

‘All the students were brilliant. They did Cali proud,’ she said.

The Homeless World Cup is an international football tournament for national teams of homeless men and women that takes place in a different city every year. It is now in its 14th year.


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