Joe Lewis joined the Academy as a sports therapist in 2009 after qualifying from Edge Hill University. He had previously graduated from the same university with a degree in sports science.
Joe met Dave Galley - the Reds' former head physiotherapist - during a voluntary work placement with Bolton Wanderers and later linked up with him at Wigan Athletic on a similar basis.
This experience led to a 10-month role as a sports therapist at Wrexham, where he worked with both the youth team and first-team, before making the move to Kirkby.
Here he explains his role at the club.
"I work with Andy Renshaw and Liam Kershaw in preventing, treating and rehabilitating injuries for the U18 squad. I also provide pitch side medical cover for the U15s' games. I am currently completing a physiotherapy degree at Salford University on a part time basis".