School of Health & Society 22.05.24

GRADUATION 2021: Sport Rehabilitation graduate Kirsty Kier slides into her first role with Widnes Wild Ice Hockey Club

Placements at Macclesfield Rugby Club, The Salford Sports Injury Clinic and Manchester Storm Ice Hockey Club ensured Kirsty Kier was armed with all the experience needed to land the job of Lead Therapist at semi-professional ice hockey club, Widnes Wild.

Kirsty Keir

Sport Rehabilitation graduate and mum of 3 Kirsty Kier, will become the team’s Head Therapist, having spent 3 years at the university learning and developing her skills across various placements, securing First Class Honours.

Kirsty said: “Throughout my there years, I have been privileged to gain hands on rehabilitation experience from Macclesfield Rugby, Manchester Storm, Winnington Rugby Club and The Salford Sports Injury Clinic. All of which were provided through the extensive contacts of our Lecturers. 

“The university has been extremely supportive over my final year, with the inclusion of a RAP from disability and learner support; my lecturers were very keen to accommodate my current situation. 

“On the day of receiving my results, I was appointed the head GSR of Manchester Swarm and Widnes Wild, I cannot wait to continue my development and help provide experience for students.”

Widnes Wild General Manager, Wesley Spurrett, said: “We could not be more excited to be working with freshly graduated Kirsty and her team. It will be exciting to see all her hard work come into good use!

“We are delighted to be able to partner with the team over at the University of Salford and really wanted to be a part of that for their students and programmes. 

"It's going to be great to have the students on board and help them in some more real-world situations to aide them with their development.”

Sport Rehabilitation Course Leader, Allan Munro, said: "Kirsty’s achievement of a first class degree is testament to her hard work, both whilst studying and on placement. We wish her luck with her work in Ice Hockey and look forward to our students learning from her experiences whilst on placement."