The Benefits of Teamwork; A Partnership between a Glasgow College and Partick Thistle Is Helping Students Realise Their Dreams, Says LOU PRENDERGAST

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WHEN she started out at college, Amy Buchanan had a dream of working in football. But she couldn't have imagined that within two years she'd be giving massages to top Partick Thistle players. The 20-year-old from Kippen got her big break last year when she was sent to Firhill for a work placement while in her second year as an HND Sports Therapy student at Glasgow Central College of Commerce.

At first she worked with the club's under 15s, providing massage and physiotherapy, but soon she was rubbing the shoulders of the first team.

And now the club have tapped into Amy's other talents by giving her a summer administration job.

Amy said: 'From the beginning Partick Thistle have been really supportive.

'As I developed I got more responsibilities and now I'm giving massages to the squad in preparation for their games.

'Even though my dream is to become a sports physiotherapist, my current office job is great as I'm able to support the Jags when they play at home on a Saturday.'

Partick Thistle have a history of providing opportunities to females looking for their big break.

Actress Dee Hepburn trained with the club, and with their international goalkeeper Alan Rough, in preparation for her role in the 1981 comedy Gregory's Girl.

But unlike the movies, the alliance Partick Thistle have held with the college for the past two seasons has ensured that a number of students are living their dream in the real world. …