I was fortunate enough to spend a year away from The Claydon Clinic as Head Physiotherapist for Arsenal Ladies. As you can imagine this was an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to travel with the team to places such as Seattle, Texas and Portugal and help the team to win the 2016 FA cup.
The world of football is not as glamorous as it may seem, the hours are long, weekends are spent on the side line and the pay is not as high as you may think.
Working in the sun is great apart from the tan lines and through winter the realisation that you left your spare kit at home when you are walking in from a training session soaked through is something I will not miss.
What I will miss is the unique working environment, the staff, players and celebrating on the bench when a goal is scored.
Although the working environment was highly pressured, by working closely with staff and players you became one family. You experienced the highs and lows together which made you stronger.
The preparation that is involved with preparing a team to win the FA cup is unimaginable, having all the hard work paying off in such a spectacular way is rather rewarding.
When the final whistle blew and the realisation crept across the team, the emotion and atmosphere is something I will never forget.
The family atmosphere is felt throughout the club. The support from the men's side was great. The Christmas Staff and Player lunch was as you can image delicious, having to sing Rudolf the red nose reindeer with all the newbies infront of the everyone including Arsene Wenger was not so!!
As one chapter closes another one starts, I am looking forward to working back at the Claydon Clinic and seeing old faces again and meeting new ones.