- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 11 December 2013
Photo (L-R): George Mamacas, Olympia's president, Peter Eckhardt and and Evan Clayton of Back in Motion Physiotherapists, and Olympia Warriors coach, Glen McNeill, at today's partnership announcement [PlessPix]
Victory League club Olympia FC Warriors today announced a partnership with Back in Motion Physiotherapists for 2014.
Back in Motion will sponsor the Victory League club for the upcoming season and provide exclusive physiotherapy services for Olympia’s players.
Photo: Peter Eckhardt was an Australian Olympian [PlessPix]
As part of the service, Back in Motion will engage all players in the Olympia FC Warriors and attend Olympia training twice a week, providing medical clearances, injury treatment and assisting players with pathways to recovery.
Part of the partnership will also involve education and information sessions with Warriors coaching staff and personnel on injury prevention.
All players will also undergo the same physiotherapy screening assessments that are used by Football Federation Australia’s national teams.
Physiotherapists Peter Eckhardt and Evan Clayton of Back in Motion are extremely excited to be sponsoring the Victory League club.
“The aim is to help the club keep the players on the field to minimize games lost due to injury, to optimize team performance with injury prevention strategies and by providing a comprehensive rehabilitation service,” Clayton said.
Photo: Evan Clayton of Back in Mortion Physiotherapists [PlessPix]
Mr Eckhardt has 24 years’ experience as a physiotherapist.
He is an APA Physiotherapist and his love of sport comes from his experience as an Olympic athlete in canoeing, in which he had an 18-year international career.
His Olympic experience is not limited to competing, but Mr. Eckhardt has also been a physiotherapist for the Australian Olympic Teams in 1996, 2000 and 2004 and head physiotherapist in Beijing in 2008.
“We are thrilled to be on the Olympia FC Warriors team in their quest to become the league leader in all areas in 2014,” Eckhardt said.
Warriors President George Mamacas believes the partnership is yet another example of how the Eastern Shore club is innovating.
“Olympia FC Warriors are raising the bar once again with this exclusive partnership, making us the Victory League leaders for sports medicine,” Mamacas said.
Photo: George Mamacas, president of Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]
“At Olympia, we see sports medicine as an integral part of a football club and, as a sporting organisation moving forward, we feel this strategic link with a physiotherapist of this calibre will only improve our squad management and assist our Victory League performance.”
The sponsorship is the first of its kind in the Victory League and involves all players at the club receiving priority through-the-door-service.
They will also provide the Victory League and Development squads with physiotherapy services twice a week during training at Warrior Park, work with players on injury prevention and injury management.
There are also plans to eventually introduce a club doctor at a later date.
“Olympia is always looking to innovate and we are hopeful the strong relationship built with Back in Motion will put us ahead of the pack, on and off the field,” Mamacas said.
Photo: Olympia Warriors' Victory League coach, Glen McNeill, is delighted with the new partnership [PlessPix]