Strength and conditioning

Our team are responsible for delivering a world leading athletic development programme and are highly knowledgeable and experienced in a number of areas. In addition to the University's home-grown athletes, the team of coaches also provide service and support to external teams and squads.

The staff has over 60 years of experience between them in over 30 different sports disciplines. They have all obtained a postgraduate qualification in the field and are accredited through the UKSCA. The coaches assist with all aspects of training, from improving specifics like strength, power, speed, agility and general conditioning, as well as working to enhance athletes’ durability and reduce injury risk.

The team operates out of the University’s Powerbase Gym which is fitted with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment. They offer bespoke sessions for a wide range of sports and cater for a range of athletes, from beginner to elite.

Al Stewart - Head of Strength and Conditioning

Our Head of Strength and Conditioning, Al Stewart, holds a BSc in Coaching, Sport and Exercise Science as well as an MSc in Strength and Conditioning. He is also UKSCA accredited and has more than 16 years of experience of working in the field. He has worked with a large variety of sports, including football, rugby, swimming, boxing, hockey, judo, and BMX, among many others.

He is incredibly prominent in the world of football, where he has helped to develop 14 full internationals from youth level and has helped win the FA Youth Cup. Al has worked in the premier league and has worked with most of England’s junior and youth teams, including the 2017 World Cup Winning U20’s.