A Chorley student will spend time treating top sport teams in Canada after winning a scholarship to travel there.

Richard Stock from Croston, is the 2012 winner of The Society of Sports Therapists Student Travelling Scholarship.

He will spend a month with the athletic therapy team at the University of Windsor, Ontario and will also get the chance to spend time with top teams from a variety of Canadian sports.

The former student of Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy and Runshaw College, Leyland, has had a brilliant summer also gaining a first class honours degree in sports therapy at Edge Hill University.

Richard said: I’m absolutely thrilled to have won. It is a great honour and I am really looking forward to experiencing life at a university where sport clearly plays such a big role.”

As part of his trip, Richard will also spend time at Sheridan College, near Toronto and have the opportunity to get pitch side with teams such as the Hamilton Tiger Cats football team and the Windsor Spitfires ice hockey team.

Professor Graham N. Smith, chairman of the Society of Sports Therapists, who was one of the interview panel on the day, said: “Richard had that indefinable something that made him the outstanding candidate. I know that he will have a fantastic experience and will be a credit to his university and the society.”