An Interview With Selby Town’s Sports Therapist
We hear from Christian and the management team on a regular basis, and of course it is always good to hear from our players, but one man working hard behind the scenes is Gianni, in a role that few rarely acknowledge despite being fundamental to the team’s success. So I spoke to Gianni to find out more about the man, and his role as Sports Therapist for the club…
First of all, tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I studied at York St. John, and recently graduated with a degree in Sports Therapy. Alongside what I do with Selby Town, I work as a freelance personal trainer working out of Fitness Connection 1079, I’ve been a personal trainer for 3-4 years now.
How did you get involved with Selby Town, had you worked with teams previously?
I was initially looking for a position in football because it has always been my sport and I just love the team camaraderie between the players and staff. I had previously been involved with York College Development Centre and Pickering Town while I was at university so it was a case of building on that experience. Harry Bissett first told me about the opportunity after he saw it advertised online, I sent across an email to apply which went to Christian and then the rest is history.
Tell us more about your role with a football club, are there things you do behind the scenes before and after games?
As a whole my role covers the player’s well being, and that in a nutshell is making sure everyone is fit to play and performing at their best. I work with Christian and Jonny to help them, advising on player fitness and if I think a player needs some time out due to an injury etc. On the pitch, I am responsible for the pitch-side first aid, the rehab of the players and on occasion some of the drills in training if needs be.
What are your ambitions going forward with the club and also career-wise?
I’d love to progress up and work full time, but that’s all in good time. At the moment I’m really enjoying being at Selby.
Are you a football fan yourself? Did you follow non league prior to arriving at the club? If not how do you feel about being involved in it now?
Yeah i’ve always been a football fan, and have played all my life, and if I wasn’t at Selby then I’d be still playing on a Saturday. I didn’t really follow non-league teams before, but now obviously I’ll follow Selby even if I were ever to leave, but then again I’m a Sunderland fan so it’s not far off non-league! Being involved in it is class, all the lads and backroom staff made me feel welcome from the get go and I feel like the set up in general is fantastic.
How do you feel about the teams performance so far this season?
I think the way Foxy and Jonny want the players to perform is different to any of the other teams in the league. The expectations are so high because of the talent we have on and off the pitch every game. So when we don’t play as well as we are expected too, it’s taken harder. At this level it’s hard to win every game but I think so far we have put the work in and played really well most weeks.
Any stand out moments for you?
Coming back from 2 down away against Huddersfield was pretty class to win on penalties, especially after the Kendal heartbreak. The support for the club is next to none so the supporters need a shout out really and just a thank you again for the opportunity and for the players for welcoming me in so fast!