​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.

Our team

Chris Wright

Head of Strength and Conditioning

Chris is a UKSCA accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach whose career incorporates extensive experience overseeing the design, implementation and monitoring of tailored Strength and Conditioning programmes. Combining expertise across areas of fitness coaching, strength & conditioning and performance monitoring, Chris plays a key role in optimising physiological output, rehabilitation and injury prevention for athletes competing in a high-performance environment.

Over the past decade Chris has worked with a variety of athletes, ranging from youth development all the way through to full internationals, both at home and abroad. 

Nathan Bullock

Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach

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 leads Strength & Conditioning delivery for Athletics, Basketball and Tennis.

Chris Baird

Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach

Chris holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and an MSc in Strength and Conditioning. He is also UKSCA accredited and has over seven years of experience in the field. Providing strength and conditioning help to athletes from many sports, including football, rugby, swimming and weightlifting, Chris has also worked with Castleford Tigers and Peterborough United Academy.

Stephen Breisner

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Stephen has a vast experience working in Olympic and Paralympic sport predominantly with British Triathlon and Paratriathlon. He also spent some time working of the Chinese Olympic Committee providing S&C services to several athletes at the national centre in Beijing, including weightlifters and divers. Stephen has also worked with British Equestrian and supported a variety of other sports preparing athletes for Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Adam Whitney

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Adam holds a MSc in Sport and Exercise Science and had previously worked for Hull FC in the Rugby Super League before coming to Loughborough. He is a CSCS accredited and has over seven years of experience in the field of strength and conditioning. Adam has provided strength and conditioning support to a variety of sports including rugby, football, American football and baseball.

Kam Sodha

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.

Andy Thompson-Kobus

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Andy is a UKSCA accredited strength and conditioning coach with a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science and an MSc in Strength and Conditioning. He has seven years of experience working in this field, and he has worked with athletes involved in football, rugby, swimming and weightlifting. He has supported athletes who have competed at the Commonwealth and World University Games.

Adrian Van-Der-Ploeg

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Adrian holds a BSc in Sports Science with Management and is enrolled on a part time MSc in Strength & Conditioning at Loughborough University. He is also a certified EXOS Performance Specialist. Adrian has worked in multi-sport environments; within youth athletic development pathways as well as with university athletes. Adrian completed a volunteer placement with the Strength and Conditioning team but most recently he has completed an internship at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club as a strength & conditioning coach, where he worked with the Development Squad during their Premier League 2 campaign.

Anne Sharpe

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Anne holds an MSc in Strength and Conditioning. Prior to taking this role she spent 2 years on a placement with the England and Wales Cricket board.  Most recently Anne completed a volunteer placement with the Strength and Conditioning team at Loughborough Sport.

Anna Nelson

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Anna Nelson is a UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach and holds an MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Before taking this role, Anna worked with Scottish Rugby Union, Edinburgh University and most recently was on a 2-year part time placement with the Strength and Conditioning team at Loughborough Sport. Anna is also a competitive track and field athlete having competed for Scotland on several occasions.