New Physio for 1st XV

Date: 30 June 2014

Preston Grasshoppers is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Taylor as Head Physiotherapist for the coming season.

Mark joins from Blackburn Rugby Club where he has been Head Physiotherapist since 2011. Having recently worked with GB Basketball Mens U20’s, Great Britain Mens Handball and British Colleges Sport, Mark brings a wealth of experience to the role. This summer he will also be working with England Hockey as well as being a pitch side physio for the rugby at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Speaking on his appointment Mark said ”I’m really excited to be joining a club of the stature of Hoppers, and have been particularly impressed that the ethos of the management and coaching staff matches my own in upholding professional standards at a semi professional level.”

He added ”My experience in a wide range of sports, at a variety of levels hopefully gives me a good grounding from which to take on this challenge, build upon the good work done in the past and take the medical side of things at the club to the next level. My experiences have taught me about the importance of injury prevention and, through individual player screening and other initiatives, we’ll  maximise the chances of keeping players available for selection, which obviously helps with the overall aim of winning matches. I’m sure that in addition to my clinical skills, I’ll bring commitment, innovation, hard work and a sense of humour to the physio room.”

Looking forward Mark said ”Having made the very difficult decision to leave Blackburn I now cannot wait to get started and, together with the rest of the coaching and back room staff, hopefully put everything in place for the players to provide us with success on the pitch.”

Director of Rugby Gareth Dyer is pleased to welcome Mark, saying ”I was impressed with the calibre of applicant we had for the role which was very high. Mark impressed with his all round knowledge and experience but he also with his experience in strength & conditioning which is an area we are focussing more time and resources on.”

”He has provided information on some excellent initiatives that he would incorporate into our structures that I feel will bring a massive improvement to our off the field approach. He understands the rugby dressing room dynamic and I’m sure the squad will enjoy working with Mark. I’m delighted to welcome him to Lightfoot Green.”

Everyone at Lightfoot Green looks forward to seeing Mark on the touchline on a Saturday.

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