The Northwest Football Awards celebrates the achievements of the region’s 23 professional clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester City, and this year took place at Lancashire County Cricket Club.
SAQ® has been nominated alongside international law firm, Pinsent Masons, and the Manchester-based George Davies Solicitors.
SAQ® has provided a range of professional services to football clubs in the North West for over 16 years, as many of the region’s teams, including Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, Preston North End and Everton, have regularly sent their coaching staff to qualify as SAQ® Trainers.
During a recent a meeting with Everton Football Club, the club’s sports science and medical staff commented to SAQ staff that SAQ® International had fundamentally changed the way footballers physically prepare for the modern game.
In the past 12 months SAQ® International has developed a new innovative, state of the art rehabilitation and training equipment called ‘AeroFloor’, which has been introduced at Manchester United, Manchester City and Everton to assist with their medical, rehabilitation, training and conditioning protocols.
In fact, SAQ® International Managing Director, Alan Pearson, recently visited Manchester United’s Carrington training ground to install a second batch of AeroFloor®.
Alan, who is pictured installing the floor and catching up with United and England midfielder, Michael Carrick, who he coached during his time at West Ham United, spoke of his pride at SAQ® being nominated for the Professional Services to Football Award at the 2012 Northwest Football Awards and the recent trip to Manchester United.
“We are very excited to be nominated for the award. It is a really positive pat on the back for SAQ® International and all of the work we’ve done with Premier League, Football League and amateur clubs all over the country and particularly in the north west region where we’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with a number of the clubs. We are looking forward to attending the awards and are hopeful about our chances.
“It was fantastic to visit one of the biggest clubs in the world recently. Manchester United always make us feel very welcome and everybody at the club is top class, from the staff at the door to the coaches and players. It was great to catch up with Michael Carrick who I worked with at West Ham. He is one of the best players that I’ve worked with and I’ve followed his career ever since. We used to hold extra SAQ sessions before training at West Ham and Michael always used to come in for them. He is a very committed trainer, a great professional and a fantastic ambassador for football.”
For more information on AeroFloor® visit www.saqaerofloor.com