Ferris to wheel off to America to aid NFL preparations
Southern Regional College staff member Stephen Ferris will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in July to assist coaches from the Pittsburgh Steelers American Football team, in a three week pre-season training camp.
Stephen, who is the Princes Trust Programme Coordinator at Southern Regional College in Newry, is completing a Masters in Nutritional Science and will file a report on the nutritional strategies used by the NFL and the Pittsburgh Steelers, which is an organisation Stephen has formed links with over the past six years.
“My relationship with the Pittsburgh Steelers goes back to 2006″, explained Stephen. “I won the Rooney Fellowship Award through SRC and worked for a season as an athletic trainer addressing players injuries, nutrition and fitness during training and on the side lines at games. I have kept in touch with coaches, players and Ambassador Dan Rooney over the past few years and when I explained my study to Mr Rooney, he thought it would be beneficial for me to return to the Steelers during pre-season.”
Dan Rooney is the current American Ambassador to Ireland and his family roots are in Newry. He is the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and is a frequent visitor to the area. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the most successful team in American Football history with 6 Super Bowl Trophies. The training camp is a highlight of the season for Steelers fans and they turn out in their thousands to get photos, autographs and to see the players prepare for the season.
Stephen will be living with the players and coaches in secured accommodation at Saint Vincent College outside Pittsburgh for the duration of training camp. He will prepare the players for daily practice and assist the athletic training coaches with injury rehab, nutrition and various aspects of training. He will also have the pleasure of interviewing Dan Rooney and documenting various nutritional strategies used by the Steelers since the mid 1930’s.
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