MEDICAL TEAM – OAKLANDS WOLVES
Where athletes are supported by experienced College and Academy coaching staff
Oaklands College offers graduate/post-graduate Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy students a unique learning experience that supports their transition to independent practice.
Leda Cox, Oaklands Wolves Sports Academies Lead Physiotherapist formed the internship programme at Oaklands College in September 2019. Despite the programme still being in its infancy and having been delayed by Covid-19 restrictions, Leda has formed collaborations with several universities, including
The University of Bedfordshire, the University of Hertfordshire, and London South Bank University.
If you would like to know more about our internship programme please email Leda for more information
Hear from our Head Physio
“The entire Medical Team at Oaklands Wolves Sports Academies is excited to welcome learners onto the internship programme in the coming weeks. We provide a unique opportunity for student-athletes as we host a fantastic portfolio of different sports, including: Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Men’s Football, Women’s Football, Hockey, Netball and Rugby.
You’ll certainly be in good company if you join our programme as many of our athletes have gone on to represent Great Britain and win medals at Olympic Games, World, European, and National Championships. Alongside working with World Class and developing athletes, you’ll be working in collaboration with our superb Medical Team who are passionate about sport itself as well as delivering evidence informed practice and quality learning experiences. Our multidisciplinary approach to athlete care is evident and plays an important role in achieving an optimal balance between all spheres of the student-athlete life at Oaklands.
Our internship programme encourages students to work across multiple sports so that they can start to fill their toolbox of skills whether that be assessment, treatment, injury prevention, research, rehabilitation, CPD, S&C or communication skills.”
THE MEDICAL TEAM
Meet our medical team…
Leda graduated in 2015 from St George’s University in London with a degree in Physiotherapy. Since graduating, Leda worked in the NHS treating musculoskeletal conditions, as well as working as Lead Physiotherapist for the Great Britain Elite Team at the ITU Word Championships in Canada in 2017. Leda joined Oaklands Wolves Sports Academy the same year, where she oversaw the treatment for athletes in the cycling and basketball academies. In 2019, Leda was promoted to Lead Physiotherapist at Oaklands Wolves Sports Academies and in her spare time she works at her private physiotherapy clinic in St Albans.
Prior to stepping into a career as a physiotherapist, Leda was a professional road racing cyclist. Leda represented Great Britain throughout her ten-year pro-career across the globe and she raced for several top UCI Women’s teams in Europe, America and Canada on her way to becoming British ranked number one and winning over 30 races.
Having graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2017 with a BSc in Sports Therapy.
Laura started her Sports Therapy career in Australia and Canada, where she worked closely with different sports treating musculoskeletal injuries.
Laura works with the Arsenal Women’s Football Academy as a Sports Therapist, supporting our student athletes. Laura also works with the Arsenal Women’s Sports Academy and is currently the Head Academy Therapist at London Broncos Rugby League club.
Patrick graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Masters degree in Osteopathy (Distinction), where he was awarded prizes for Research, Osteopathic Technique and Clinical Practice.
Patrick has a special interest treating athletes and sports-related injuries, having previously achieved a first-class honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science from the University of Essex. Patrick is a member of the Osteopathic Sports Care Association, and completed the prestigious OSCA mentorship programme, gaining invaluable experience working in a variety of sports, including rugby and elite sprinting.
As well as working with the extremely successful Oaklands College Athletics and Hockey Academies, Patrick is currently First Team Osteopath at Amersham & Chiltern RFC and medical coordinator for Buckinghamshire RFU. He also works with Focus Performance, treating a growing squad of aspiring sprint and jump athletes.
Chris is a Strength and Conditioning Coach currently working with many athletes across the Oaklands Wolves Sports Academies. He has recently completed A BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Hertfordshire, as well as an MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Bedfordshire. Chris also works with the First Team at Old Albanians RFC, with semi-professional rugby players.
Chris has picked up experience ranging from recreational to elite world-class athletes. He develops a programme to ensure that each athlete has a long-term athletic development plan, so that students can progress in their chosen sport both during and after college.
Chris is a firm believer that athletes should follow two key points to improve their performance: Consistency and hard work.
Joe studied a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science before moving on to a MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Chester, working in strength & conditioning for ten years across multiple sports, more recently at Oaklands College. Joe currently works with the rugby, athletics, basketball and hockey academies.
Claire graduated from University of Bedfordshire in 2021 with a First Class Honours Degree in Sports Therapy. Claire spent a year on placement at Oaklands, primarily working with the Rugby Academy programme and has experience working with championship side Ampthill.
Frankie graduated from the University of Hertfordshire (UH) with a First-class honour’s degree in Sports Therapy in 2021. Whilst at UH, she completed numerous medical internships including London Blitz, Hertfordshire Hurricanes and Saracens RFC. Frankie spent two years interning with Saracens RFC, supporting and learning from the medical team at all levels ranging from Academy U18’s, Senior Academy, Women’s and the First team squad. She is also a pitchside Therapist for Hertford Rugby Club and Level 3 PHICIS trained by the RFU.