​Strength and conditioning support

Our passionate and driven strength and conditioning team work alongside our coaching staff and athletes to develop quality physical and athletic development programmes.

What is strength and conditioning support?

We have a team of strength and conditioning coaches working together with our high flying student-athletes, with the main purpose of ensuring that they are fit and strong enough to cope with the demands of their sport. The team are responsible in delivering a leading athletic development programme for the duration of the student-athletes’ time at Loughborough University, and are highly knowledgeable and experienced in a number of areas. 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 sports. 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, and they also offer bespoke sessions at the various sports facilities on campus. They have experience working with a wide range of sports, and cater for a range of athletes, from beginner to elite.

Student Placement Opportunities

Each year we take multiple students on placement with the Strength and Conditioning team.  This gives them a superb opportunity to learn from our team and to build experience working with a range of high performing athletes.  For information on these positions please contact Chris Thorpe, Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach via his email.  

Our team

Nathan Bullock

Head of Strength and Conditioning

Nathan is a UKSCA accredited coach, alongside a BSc in Applied Sports Science and an MSc in Strength & Conditioning. Nathan’s previous roles include working at Manchester City Football Club, Calgary Foothills Soccer Club, Welsh Rugby Union, Namibia Rugby Union and Ireland Rugby Football Union, amongst other regional and national level athletes who competed in track and field, swimming and boxing.   

Nathan has worked within the Basketball, tennis and athletics programmes here at Loughborough, he now leads Strength & Conditioning delivery for Lightning Netball.

Chris Thorpe

Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach

Chris is a UKSCA accredited coach who holds a BSc in Applied Sports Science and an MSc in Strength & Conditioning (S&C). Chris started his career as a S&C coach working in University sport before moving onto the Nike Football Academy based a St. George’s Park. He has almost spent the last decade working in professional football working for Nottingham Forest Football Club and in Qatar during the 2020-2021 season. At Loughborough University Sport Chris has worked within the Hockey and Badminton performance programmes and now supports the performance swimming programme.

Kam Sodha

Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach

Kam is a UKSCA accredited strength and conditioning coach who has a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. He is currently working toward his MSc in Exercise Physiology and has two years of experience in the field. He has mostly worked with rugby, hockey and netball, and he has helped the Welsh Rugby Union senior side as well as Leicester Tigers with their strength and conditioning needs. 

Adam Burton

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Adam holds a BSc in Sport and Exercises Sciences and an MSc in Exercise Physiology. He is also a UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach, and was awarded “Emerging S&C Coach of the Year” in 2019. He has previously worked for Leicester City Football Club and more recently Game Changer Performance delivering the Residential Rehab Programme at St. George’s Park for professional footballers. Adam is also a Physical Performance Coach for The Football Association working with the England youth teams.   

Ryan Cartledge-Taylor

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Ryan is a UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach and holds a MSc in Strength and Conditioning. He has 8 years experience working with a variety of sports and athletes including, men’s and women’s professional and academy cricket and most recently working with International and Olympic athletes in Taekwondo and Cycling at the Hong Kong Sports Institute. Ryan currently leads the S&C for Lightning and Men’s football.  

Matt Cooke

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Matt is a Loughborough Alumni and holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. He has previously worked with Leicester Tigers, supporting the senior team with their Strength & Conditioning needs. Matt has spent the last 2 years working with Youth Athletes in the school setting, most recently heading up the Strength & Conditioning for Oakham School. Matt is currently supporting Mens Rugby and Cycling. 

Saskia Thompson-Kobus

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Saskia has a BSc in Sport and exercise science and an MSc in Musculoskeletal sports science and Health. She has over seven years’ experience of working in this field and has worked with many teams, mainly men’s and women’s Hockey.  She has successfully supported athletes who have progressed into senior programs and who were successful in the Olympics.  She is currently working with TASS athletes and Squash. 

Jack Oaten

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Jack is a UKSCA and NSCA accredited strength and conditioning coach who has a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. He is currently studying for a MSc in strength and conditioning and has 3 years of experience in the field. Jack’s previous professional experiences as a strength and conditioning coach include working at Millfield School, Worcester Warriors, Bath Rugby, Leicester Tigers and the University of Bath. Jack currently provides strength and conditioning support to the NFL Academy programme based at the university and Loughborough College.

Jack Clarke

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Jack holds a BSc in Athletic Rehabilitation and Therapy and an MSc Strength and Conditioning. Jack is currently positioned with Mens Basketball (D1 & BUCS) and Womens Basketball (WBBL & BUCS) and Lightning Wheelchair Basketball. He has supported athletes in their preparations for the Commonwealth Games, European University Games and World Championships.    

Dylan Martens

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Dylan is a UKSCA accredited and MSc qualified strength and conditioning coach. He has previously worked with youth athletes at Denstone College and Oundle School, and in higher education at Sheffield Hallam University with a variety of different sports. 

Dylan currently works with Women's Hockey, Pathway Netball and Lacrosse.

Meg Willoughby

Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach

Meg holds an MSc in Strength and Conditioning. Prior to taking this role she spent 2 years on a paid placement with Loughborough Sport with the Men’s Rugby, Women’s Cricket and Lightning Cricket programmes. Most recently Meg has been working with the Boxing Centre of Excellence and Motorsport Division that train at Loughborough Sport.