Football fan Kenny Cross has turned his back on the game he loves to concentrate on building up his new physiotherapy business.
For almost seven years he was the man with the magic sponge’, looking after the aches and strains of the players at Falkirk FC.
But during the summer he decided the time was right to expand his work in private practice and he took over at Sumo Therapies in Laurieston.
Although Susan Mollinson, who set up the business, will still be treating clients a couple of days each week, Kenny (43) is now in charge, working with the eight other therapists who provide a range of treatments to meet demand.
A former pupil of Graeme High School, Kenny said he always knew he wanted to be a physiotherapist, training at the former Queen’s College in Glasgow, now part of Caledonian University.
He went into private practice which included nine years spent in the USA and his spell at Falkirk.
Kenny said: “Although never at any great level, I always enjoyed playing football and working at the club was an enjoyable period in my career.”
However, he is relishing the new challenge at Sumo Therapies where, as well as physiotherapy, clients can take advantage of chiropractic treatment, massage therapy and traditional Chinese therapy.
Making it a family affair, his wife Ruth is the clinic manager.
He said: “I enjoy working with different clients every day. Every one is unique with their own aspirations about what they hope to achieve for their health and wellbeing.
“Nowadays people want to learn more about their own physicality and preventative measures to avoid injury or pain. That’s where we can help.”