GLL Sport Foundation – Sponsored Athletes


Crystal Palace Physio Group are proud of their long standing relationship with GLL Sport Foundation, helping young athletes reach their potential and sporting success. Read below for our latest GLL sponsored athlete profiles and see how we have helped recovery from injury and return to competition.

Tin Tin Ho – Table Tennis (aged 16 years). Ranked 1 – Under 21 Women; Ranked 2 – Senior Women

Sporting Achievements:

– Czech Youth Open 2015 Under 18 girls’ doubles silver medal
– Under 21 mixed doubles and women’s doubles National Champion 2015 and Women’s singles finalist
– Silver Medal Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 – mixed doubles

Injury treated:  Bilateral plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis

Services:  Physiotherapy and Podiatry

“[I had a course of] physio- treatment and exercises for my feet, also teaching me how to tape and support the injuries.  Annabelle, the physio, has also given me advice and support.  Liam, the podiatrist, helped me order and moulded my feet for custom made insoles which are currently relieving some symptoms. Thank you!”

To read more about Tin Tin’s progress follow Table Tennis England or Sports Aid

Louise Bradley – Diving (aged 13 years)

Sporting Achievements:

– British Junior Elites May 2015 – C Group Girls
Gold: Synchro 3m Springboard
Gold: Platform 5m and 7.5m
Silver: Springboard 3m
Bronze: Springboard 1m
– Selected to represent England at the Bimbingamba International Diving Competition in Rome (26 July – 1 August 2015)

– Selected to attend the Assessment Camp for the England National Diving Squad (July 2015)

Injury treated: Lateral ligament (ATFL) sprain – left ankle

Services: Physiotherapy

“I sprained my ankle at the end of March 2015, but my ankle kept swelling during and after training.  Crystal Palace Physio Group helped me immensely.  They assessed my ankle and found I had an ATF ligament sprain that needed treatment.  Furthermore they found that I had lost some balance on the left side; this was also affecting my dives.  I had four treatments leading up to the Junior Elites and Chris at the [Jubilee] Centre gave me exercises to concentrate on each week to build up the strength in the ankle and improve my balance.  These sessions at the [Jubilee] Centre made a huge difference to my recovery.  When I originally did the injury I was worried that I would not be fit enough to compete at the Junior Elites, which in turn would affect my future chances of being selected by England for Rome and for the Assessment Camp for the National Squad.  However, thanks to Chris at Crystal Palace Physio Group, I was able to compete at the Junior Elites and achieve two Golds, a Silver and a Bronze medal.  I also achieved my goals for this year to be selected to represent England in Rome in July and to be invited to the Assessment Camp to try out for the National Squad.  I still have one session of physio (17th June) to check my ankle is fully recovered from injury, especially after an intensive week at the Junior Elites and the fact that I am now back to a full training schedule.

‘Chris was professional, supportive and reassuring.  He gave me the boost I needed after my injury and definitely helped me to achieve my goals for this year.”

Shona Richards – Athletics -400m hurdles (aged 19 years)

Sporting Achievements (2014):

– World Junior double Silver medallist (400m hurdles & 4×400)
– British record holder for U20 400m hurdles
– National Champion for indoor 400m & 400m hurdles

Injury treated: ‘Shin splints’ – Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS)

Services: Physiotherapy

“[Crystal Palace Physio Group] improved and prevented my shin splits.  As well as this they focussed on the points I needed to loosen for my training.  [The physio’s] listened and paid direct attention to the areas I spoke about, whilst double checking pressure and comfort at all times.  The service was good and efficient, would definitely visit again.”

To read more about Shona click here.

Susie Rodgers – Para Swimming (aged 31 years)

Sporting Achievements:

– [IPC European Swimming Championships 2014] 5x Gold medallist
– [IPC World Swimming Championships 2013] World Silver & Gold medallist
– [London 2012] Paralympic Games 3x Bronze medallist

Injury treated: Treatment for tight neck and shoulders

Services: Physiotherapy

“It is always helpful to have access to Physio when needed.  I am lucky that my governing body allows me to access physio in London, but if I cannot access this, CPPG are great at fitting me in.”

To read more about Susie, please visit Susannah Rodgers


Erasmus Dwemoh – Athletics: Shot Put (aged 24 years)

Sporting Achievements:
– [2014] ranked 20th in London for men’s shot put

Injury treated: Tendonitis in right forearm and hand

Services: Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy

“The massages really helped my muscles to relax.”


The GLL Sport Foundation was launched in 2008 and operates under the patronage of Sally Gunnell –OBE.  The programme is the largest independent programme in the UK having provided over 8400 athlete awards providing over £4.9million of support since it launch.  The Foundation works in partnership with SportsAid ensuring its direct link to UK sport and Sport England talent pathways.

GLL Sport Foundation Manager, Mark Gliddon explained:

“The partnership with Crystal Palace Physio Group is a fundamental element of the support programme we provide to athletes, and they have been a great partner to the programme from the very start.  Providing talented athletes with physio and sport science expertise allows them to reach peak performance levels ensuring they can achieve their goals.  On behalf of all the athletes they have supported and us as an organisation I would lilke to thank the Group for their continued partnership”.

For more information on the GLL Sport Foundation and how it supports young athletic talent please click here.

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