Ollie Beall, 24, of Newark, joins Manchester United's medical department as assistant physio
A physio from Newark has landed his dream job at one of the biggest football clubs in the world.
Ollie Beall, 24, has signed a deal that will see him work as an assistant physio as part of Manchester United’s medical department.
Beall, a boyhood Manchester United fan, said it was a dream come true.
“I went up to Manchester a while back for different assessments and tests, which I passed, and then I was invited back to do more work before officially joining,” he said.
“I had to physio a game for the men’s first team against the under-23s — it was crackers, it was like being chucked in at the deep end.
“I knew what I was doing, of course, but when you’re called upon you have to deal with superstars, so it is a different pressure to what l am used to. It is a hard feeling to explain.
“When I was called on I assessed (Anthony) Martial because he went down with an injury, and after the game he came over to me, put his arm around me and starting asking me for advice — it was crazy.
“I was thinking to myself, ‘what is happening here?’
“I was star struck to be honest.
“I’m just a lad from a small town working with players that you see on the telly.
“It is one of those things that you would have only dreamed of achieving.
“I am 24 year’s old and I am working for one of the biggest football clubs in the world — it is a dream job for anybody, 100%.
“Does it really get any better than this?”
Beall grew up in Balderton and attended The Grove School, now known as The Newark Academy.
After school he enrolled in the the Army, and it was there where he studied to become a physical training instructor, before progressing his studies further to train as a physio.
In 2019 he put his profession into practice as he dived into the local football scene, spending time with Newark Town’s first team on match-days.
His work and experience with Town quickly helped him earn a spot with Nottingham Forest’s under-23s.
He then swapped blue for orange as he left Town to spend time in the dug-out at Newark FC on first team match-days.
During this period he took on extra work with Lincoln City Women, working as head physio for the Women’s National League Division One side.
It was his work with Lincoln City that helped him earn a spot at Man United, because he was put in touch with a representative of the club before applying for the role of assistant physio.
He said his highlight during his short time with the 20-time league champions was working with elite athletes.