Former Wolfpack player Ashton Sims and Eddie giving a thumbs up as they stand on the rugby field shortly after the Super League promotion
Former Wolfpack player Ashton Sims with Eddie after the Super League promotion

Twenty-nine-year-old Eddie Fashioni left his Skelmersdale home to pursue a career in the professional rugby league and is now Toronto Wolfpack’s First Team Sport Scientist.

After beginning a career in personal training and football coaching, sports-focused Eddie hadn’t considered studying at University but, after returning from the United States at the age of 23, Eddie realised he wanted to perfect his craft.

He explains: “Graduating with a Masters is a relief and actually a bit of a shock for me; it’s something I never imagined I would achieve.

“The idea of my Masters project came about when working with the Wolfpack and bouncing ideas off Rick Page, my third-year dissertation supervisor. So, to be in this position now is more than I ever expected of myself, but I am very proud.”  

Eddie was unable to return to Ormskirk for the graduation ceremony but returning to Edge Hill to complete his Masters was a no-brainer after graduating with a first-class BSc Sports and Exercise Science degree in 2018, having completed a Biology diploma in 2014.

During his undergraduate study – while working in the Edge Hill Sport fitness centre – he completed a placement and extra voluntary work at Leigh Centurions RLFC in the Super League and Fleetwood Town FC Academy.

Having played rugby for 15 years, since the age of 11, at both Orrell RUFC and Southport RUFC, Eddie’s practical knowledge of the game has helped him in pursuing his career and coaching athletes.

After winning back-to-back league titles and promotion to the Super League with the Wolfpack, he now has a new role as the Head Fitness Coach at Toronto High Park Football Club.

Eddie holding the Super League silver plate in the changing room at Toronto Wolfpack, which hosts a sign that says 'Defend the Den'
Eddie celebrating the Super League promotion

He is also the Head Technical Coach for the U17 regional boys’ team and U14 girls’ team, fulfilling both his passion for fitness and football.

Looking to the future, he says he’s always open to new opportunities in competitive and elite sports, no matter where that takes him.

“I’m very happy in my current role but I’m also always keeping one eye on my next step; if I could find the right position in a college or university setting here in North America, then I think that might be the perfect fit for me.”

Eddie’s latest research on ‘the effectiveness of a practical half-time re-warm-up strategy on performance and the physical response to soccer-specific activity’, was recently published in the Journal of Sports Sciences.

To follow in Eddie’s footsteps, explore the Sport and Physical Activity courses available at Edge Hill University by visiting edgehill.ac.uk/sport