Top-tier Spanish soccer side FC Barcelona have announced partnerships with several healthcare and academic organisations in Barcelona to further education and research in sports medicine.
The La Liga leaders have agreed deals with the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, and the University of Barcelona. The organisations will work with the club’s education and research arm, the Barcelona Innovation Hub, to promote initiatives relating to education, training and research in medicine, exercise and sports.
The partnerships aim to create a dedicated sports medicine unit that will be run by the two hospitals, at which medical residents will receive specialised training in the field.
In addition, undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be taught in sports medicine at the University of Barcelona.
“It gives us great satisfaction to be able to contribute to the education of future specialists in the realm of sports medicine in our city,” said Josep Bartomeu, president of FC Barcelona. “Especially with three partners like the University of Barcelona, the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, and the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital.”
"Promoting a sports medical unit and promoting teaching is strategic for our institution," added Josep Maria Campistol, general director of Hospital Clínic.
"The University of Barcelona pioneered the introduction and teaching of sports medicine in the country. Now we want to continue working in the training of professionals and do it hand in hand with Hospital Clínic, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu and FC Barcelona, which is a guarantee of success,” said Joan Elias, dean of the University of Barcelona.”
FC Barcelona are currently nine points clear at the top of La Liga in 2017/18. They drew 1-1 away against Espanyol on 4th February, and will host third-placed Valencia at the Camp Nou on Thursday.