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PFA agrees residential rehabilitation programme with GCP

PFA and GCP at St. George's Park

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has signed a multi-year agreement with the Game Changer Performance (GCP) to deliver the associations residential rehabilitation programme at St. George's Park (SGP).

The programme which has been run at SGP since 2012 will be relaunched in January 2018 and will be accessible to both current and ex professional players.

John Bramhall, Deputy Chief Executive of the PFA said: “The PFA has provided a residential rehabilitation provision for its current and former members for over 20 years, firstly through Lilleshall and for the last five years through Spire Perform at St Georges Park.  When Spire Perform made the decision to leave SGP the PFA were keen to maintain this benefit of membership which has been well received and the continuation of a high-quality provision was a priority therefore we are pleased to confirm that Game Changer Performance are to deliver the PFA residential programme at SGP and look forward to working with Jake and his staff to maintain a high quality of service to our current and former members”

Founded in 2015 by Director Jake Keeling, GCP have established themselves as one of the UK’s leading sports performance companies. Having already secured partnerships around the UK with a range of Universities, Colleges, Schools and Non-Elite Teams, the opportunity to work in partnership with the PFA on the rehabilitation of elite footballers was something the company felt ready to step into.

Keeling commented: “Having spent 4 years working as part of the team at SGP, I feel GCP is perfectly placed to partner with the PFA on the delivery of the programme. Our role will be to continue the great work that has gone on with the PFA programme over the past 5 years at SGP and to take it to the next level. The team have a real hunger and desire for the programme to be looked upon as one of the leading performance rehabilitation programmes and that is the goal we are setting out to achieve.

"The PFA do great work within the game and for us becoming a long-term partner across all their different programmes and projects is very exciting. The chance also to be working closely alongside the growing FA performance & medical teams at SGP is also something we are all hugely excited by."

GCP’s multi-disciplinary team at SGP will include Lead Physiotherapist Jonathan Chatfield. Jonathan joins GCP from Peterborough United and has worked in professional football for over 9 years.  

Chatfield said: “The PFA rehabilitation scheme provides its members with intensive rehabilitation to assist and guide them to overcome injuries unfortunately sustained. In addition to rehabilitating in a world-class facility, the expert rehabilitation support will ensure that every member is cared for individually.

"All members that attend the rehabilitation scheme will also be educated on their injury and given the correct set of skills and knowledge to leave St Georges Park self-assured on the management of their injury. The scheme really is exclusive and gives playing members and their associated clubs the opportunity for a player to return to play as quick as possible and with confidence.

"Furthermore, the team at GCP are focused on building and strengthening relationships with fellow medical and sports science departments to assist them in increasing a player’s availability”

GCP were selected from a number of interested parties vying for the opportunity to partner with the PFA on the programme.

The programme launches on January 22nd January and there will be limited places available each week, Current or ex-members looking to attend either individually or via their clubs should email GCP’s Performance & Operations Manager, Chantal Duarte to enquire about availability or call the GCP offices on 01332 974 844.