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Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning (S&C) is the physical preparation of athletes to improve sports performance and reduce the risk of injury. It involves high quality, focused training that is both age and developmentally appropriate. It is a vital element of sports performance at Cheltenham College, and one that is well catered for.

The primary aim of S&C at College is to allow our students to learn, develop and improve in a safe and fulfilling environment. Education is essential, and there is a large emphasis placed on teaching our pupils how to train, but also why we train. We hope to stimulate a positive, life-long attitude to health and wellbeing. For our top athletes, we hope to provide them with the foundation and support to progress on to the Elite levels of performance. All training that is provided for the pupils is appropriate for the individual, and follows the national guidelines for paediatric S&C.

Provision of S&C at College is broad, and is available for our International-level athletes all the way through to our lower level teams. For our Elite athletes who are members of the Talented Athlete Programme (TAP), twice weekly sessions are provided, as well as personalised programmes and support. Furthermore, one to one sessions are provided for our top-level athletes throughout the week. 

Aims

The aims of Strength and Conditioning include:

  • Mobility/Flexibility
  • Injury Prevention
  • Strength/Power Development
  • Trunk Stability
  • Speed Development
  • Metabolic Conditioning
  • Agility and Movement Skills
  • Reaction Time
  • Co-ordination
  • Balance/Proprioception

Facilities

Our training facilities have recently undergone a major upgrade, and now contain first class equipment. We have two excellent gym facilities, comprised of a Performance gym and a cardiovascular suite.

Performance Gym

The Performance Gym is situated in the Cricket Pavilion, and is where the majority of College’s Strength and Conditioning sessions take place. Within the Upper Gym, we have six fully integrated lifting platforms.  As well as this we have a 15m artificial turf strip, kettlebells, medicine balls, dumbbells, plyometric equipment, foam rollers, resistance bands and two WATT bikes.

Balcony Gym

The Balcony Gym is situated in the Sports Hall, and contains primarily CV equipment. The gym contains twenty pieces of CV equipment including two WATT Bikes, which are regularly used by Sports Science classes and for athlete testing. This facility is well used by the students, and is available for them to use during the evenings. Girls Gym and our rehabilitation clinics are run in this facility.

THE TEAM

Henry Davies - Head of Strength and Conditioning

Henry oversees the physical preparation of the school’s athletes. He has worked with junior international Hockey and Rugby players, as well as international Skiiers and Rowers, and has experience working with international setups and academies. Henry is an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a Teacher of Sports Science and the Talented Athlete Programme Co-ordinator.

Qualifications
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition
  • UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC)
  • EXOS Performance Specialist Certification (XPS)
  • Qualified Teacher Status - Physical Education
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Level 1 Certified
  • UKAD Accredited Anti-Doping Advisor
  • CYQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Emergency First Aid at Work Qualification
  • Member of the Register of Exercise Professionals
Nick Runciman - Strength and Conditioning Coach

Nick is an ex-professional rugby player with a career spanning over 10 years, having played for Gloucester, Worcester & London Welsh. He gained representative honours in rugby up to England U21 level, represented the Barbarians, and gained representative honours in Cricket at England U16 level. He is an RFU qualified rugby coach and level 3 qualified personal trainer with extensive knowledge and experience in Strength & Conditioning working with elite athletes. 

Qualifications
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • REPS Accredited
  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor
  • Level 2 RFU Rugby Coaching Award
Oliver Hunt - Strength and Conditioning Coach

Oliver assists in the physical preparation and injury rehabilitation of the school’s athletes and pupils. Previously he has completed two Strength and Conditioning internships, one of which was with us here at Cheltenham College. Alongside his work at Cheltenham College, Oliver also works as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. Oliver is working towards becoming an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association.

Qualifications
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Strength and Conditioning
  • MSc Sports Therapy
  • UKSCA Associate Member
  • Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Emergency First Aid at Work Qualification
  • Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding, Intervention, Supervision and Rescue