Head of Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy
Getting to know . . . . Simon Webster
I look after the 1st team and oversee the other senior teams, acting as a mentor for the physiotherapists/therapists that look after the reserves and regional talent teams.
I am the old man of the team. The voice of experience and reason (some might say). I have a deep affection for Charlton Athletic FC dating back to 1990 when I signed for the club. I was club captain at Charlton and worked very closely with the community team during my time at the club.
I went to West Ham Urd FC after Charlton and broke my leg 2 weeks after signing. After 2 years of rehabilitation I retired from football and went to the University of East London, qualifying with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy. As a student physiotherapist I worked at the West Ham Utd FC Academy, working with the U9-16 age groups.
After I qualified I went to work for the Bronley NHS Trust for a couple of years, whilst continuing my part-time work with the academy. After a few years in the NHS I went to work in the medical team at West Ham full-time, looking after the first team and reserves. Three years later I decided to leave and head up the medical team at Gillingham FC, leaving a few years later when my children came along.
Since 2006 I have worked for Nuffield Health as the Lead Physiotherapist/Physiotherapy Manager/Advanced Level Physiotherapist at the flagship site at Cannon Street.
I came to Charlton Athletic Women's FC in 2010 whilst in the middle of my Masters Degree in Sports and Excercise Medicine. Since then I have overseen the development of the medical team to include more physiotherapists, massage therapists, sports scientists and strength and conditioning coaches.
This is a great club to work for, and my affection has continued to grow with CAWFC, the girls are an absolute pleasure to work with. Apart from my work in the medical team I am just coming to the end of my level 2 coaching qualification.
Old man, long biography, comes to an end now, but I will hopefully continue to grow in the years to come.