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About Scholars Therapies

Scholars Therapies are a Clinical and Education Service. Primarily we provide physiotherapy / sports therapy treatment services based in Chorley and Preston. We also provide CPD events and courses for physiotherapists, sports therapists and soft tissue massage therapists.


Andy Jones Scholars Therapies UK
Andy Jones
Founder & Clinical Director

Andy began his career back in 1977 with the Royal Navy. Andy left the Navy in 1985 to take up a role as a Physiotherapy Manager in Beaumont Hospital Bolton before moving to Hope Hospital to become Superintendent Physiotherapist. This early career history has given Andy a vast background in medical condition not just limited to Physiotherapy.

Andy made the move into professional football in 1987 with Chester City FC Andy spent the next 10 years working for Chester, Preston North End FC, and Burnley FC, before making his big move to Everton FC, having being recruited for the role of Head Physiotherapist at Everton FC. Having spent 2 years at Everton FC Andy was head hunted for a move down south with up and coming Charlton Athletic FC to run their medical department and become Head of Medical Services. During his time in professional football Andy has had the privilege to work with some of the best players in the world and experience all the delights and sorrows that elite professional football has to offer.

Andy moved away from professional football in 2002 to build up his private practice. After doing this for a number of years Andy took up a role with Wigan Warriors RLFC, becoming Head Academy Physiotherapist on a part time basis, a role, which he combined with his other work.

Andy began teaching Higher Education in 2007 when he took a role as Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy at Edge Hill University. He has since gone on to become the Programme Leader for Sports Therapy and the MSc. Football Rehabilitation programmes. Andy has lectured nationally and internationally and has a vast amount of experience on a broad range of topics.

Gareth Thomas Scholars Therapies UK
Gareth Thomas
Operations Manager

Gareth studied at Edge Hill University where he graduated with Frist Class Honours in 2009. Since then he has worked in various roles. He worked for St Helens RL from 2009-2010 as a sessional Soft Tissue Therapist, which led to a short stint with Australia RL in 2009. Gareth has worked at Morecambe FC since October 2009, were he began working with the youth team. Gareth led the sports science and medicine department transition into the EPPP system (Elite Player Performance Plan), He now works with The Academy, Reserves and First Team.

Gareth has combined his work in sport with a full time role working in Occupational Health and running his own private practice in South Wales from 2009-2013. Gareth has also moved into the role of Objective Testing Educator with IPRS Ltd, by which he specialises in Biodex products mainly isokinetics.

Gareth has worked with Andy for 6 years at The Physiotherapy Centre Preston, before it’s re-branding in 2015. Gareth currently acts as Operations Manager for Andy in addition to running the Sports Injury Clinic at the Preston Clinic.