College of Osteopaths team up with Team Fire and Ice GB

Posted on 31 August 2010

The College of Osteopaths is the official provider of osteopathy services to the British team of firefighters entering the international Race To The South Pole in 2012.

The Staffordshire-based Team Fire & Ice GB has asked the College to help its members reach tip top condition during the arduous training schedule.   The team is currently building endurance and acclimatising to arctic conditions by taking part in a number of gruelling expeditions.   Next they will fly to Alaska to scale Mount McKinley, one of the coldest and deadliest mountains on the planet, to work towards a peak of fitness.

Osteopathy students and tutors at the College’s Teaching Clinic in Stoke-on-Trent will be providing specially tailored treatment in the build-up to the race, and dealing with any injuries sustained during training sessions.
Andy Topham, Staffordshire firefighter and Expedition Leader for Team Fire & Ice GB, was keen to enlist the services of student osteopaths to get the team into pole position:  “We will need the best care and attention we can get to prepare for this extreme event, and I know how effective osteopathic techniques can be in keeping the body in good shape.”

Clinic Tutor Vaughan Cooper has a strong track record of treating high performance athletes and is looking forward to involving the students in the challenge of getting the team to the starting line.  “We were happy to accept this request for help because the students will learn from the experience, and get to hone and test their skills.  Osteopathy has an increasingly important role in top level competitive sport, and the College wants to prepare its graduates for the full range of employment options.”

The Osteopathic Teaching Clinic in Stoke-on-Trent forms part of the BSc (Hons) Osteopathy degree programme run in partnership with Keele University.  Students learn their professional skills at the clinic under the close supervision of experienced osteopath tutors, in addition to lectures delivered on campus at weekends.  The programme offers a part-time pathway spread over 5 years, and is specifically designed to allow learners of all ages to maintain their existing work and family commitments whilst re-training.

For further information about the Osteopathy Programme and the Osteopathic Teaching Clinic ask for an e-information pack via or visit

Contact: Elizabeth Elander, Osteopathy Programme Leader. 
Tel: 01782 734560.   Email: