About Us

About Scholars Therapies

Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy Service based in Chorley. We offer an elite care package investing in the most cutting-edge technology to give our patients the care of elite athletes, at a reasonable price. Andy and Gareth have over 40 years’ experience between them working in professional sport, primarily football and rugby league. At present 70-80% of our athletes are ‘running’ athletes, with the majority of these coming from runners, triathletes and footballers ranging from elite standard to your weekend warriors.

With the clinic being located inside a large leisure facility we are able to offer a comprehensive approach to your treatment and rehabilitation. We utilise the pool to get people active in the early stages of rehabilitation, then we have the luxury of an onsite gym that’s fully equipped to meet our patient/client needs. We also have an isokinetic machine at our Chorley clinic, which is the gold standard for strength testing. This helps inform our treatment approach in addition to it being an incredible rehabilitation tool to optimise recovery.


Despite our 40 years of experience we continue to keep up to date with the latest research and attend continuous professional development courses, conference and seminars. We feel this is critical in our ever-evolving world of Sports Medicine and Musculoskeletal Healthcare

Technology & Equipment

We invest in technology and equipment to facilitate our treatment approach to provide accurate assessments, objective outcomes and a comprehensive rehabilitation package


We pride ourselves on being Innovative in all facets of our business, from the monthly packages we offer to how we utilise the equipment and technology we invest in

Sharing our Knowledge

It’s good to share! We use our social media as a platform to give our potential clients/patients an insider’s view into how we work. We also share our approach to help the therapist community as a way to disseminate knowledge and share our approach

Meet the Team

Andy Jones - Scholars Therapies Chorley's Leading Physiotherapy Clinic

Andy Jones


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 a 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 been recruited for the role of Head Physiotherapist at Everton FC. Having spent 2 years at Everton FC Andy was headhunted 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 Chorley's Leading Physiotherapy Clinic

Gareth Thomas


Gareth studied at Edge Hill University where he graduated with Frist Class Honours in 2009. Since then he has worked in various roles across multiple sports. Most notably Gareth spent 10 years at Morecambe FC 2009-2019. He began working with the youth team, providing pitch side cover. Gareth then led the sports science and medicine department transition into the EPPP system (Elite Player Performance Plan), Following this he progressed through to working with the 1st Team where he spent the last 5 years.

Gareth has combined his work in the sport with a part-time role working in Occupational Health for IPRS Health and running his own private practice in South Wales from 2009-2013. For the past 6 years Gareth has provided clinical training for IPRS Mediquipe for all of its isokinetic users and customers. 

Gareth has worked with Andy for 6 years at The Physiotherapy Centre Preston before it’s rebranding in 2015. Gareth became a partner and co-founder of Scholars Therapies playing a more active role in the business. Since leaving Morecambe FC  in June 2019 Gareth has devoted this time to growing and developing the business in Chorley.

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