Stacey studied Level 3 Sport & Exercise science at the Rhos campus, combining her full-time course with an evening class in Level 3 Sports Massage.
She has just completed a sports therapy degree at the University of Worcester, following a year’s foundation course in human biology.
Now Stacey is back in North Wales, working as the lead sports therapist for Coleg Llandrillo’s Rugby Academy as part of her new job with RGC (Rygbi Gogledd Cymru).
She is also the lead for the RGC women’s team and women’s player development centre at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay, and the assistant lead for RGC under-18s.
Stacey, who lives near Bodelwyddan, said the job combines her interest in anatomy and sports injuries with her love of helping people.
“I really enjoy the anatomy and physiology, like the patterns of injury, and I quite like helping people so it made sense to combine them together in sport,” she said.
“I come in at the start of the day, chat with the lads to see what’s going on, supervise the gym, watch the training session, check if anyone’s injured, or if they’re struggling with their form.
“It’s been really good. Coming back to the college, it’s nice working with that age where they’re at that key development stage.
“A big part of the job is rehab. Players are often devastated if they have an injury, but it’s really nice when you can have that conversation with them where they’re saying ‘I’m so happy to be back’. It’s really rewarding.”
Stacey said her studies at Coleg Llandrillo gave her a head start when it came to her degree studies at Worcester.
“We learned about sports injuries - I found that quite interesting, which pushed me to want to go into that,” she said.
“We did a lot of assignments, learning how to reference, which I’d never done before, learning all the key anatomy.
“When I went to uni I felt like I knew all the muscles - there were students who did courses similar to mine but didn’t know them, so I already had a little bit of an advantage.”
Stacey has ambitions of working as a sports therapist for the Wales rugby team, saying: “I’d love to take that step up to working with the national team one day.”
For more information on Sport and Outdoor Education courses at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, click here.