​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 nine 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

Al Stewart

Head of Strength and Conditioning

Al 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.

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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.

Helen Shipman

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Helen holds a BSc in Sport Science with Management and an MSc in Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health. Like her colleagues she is UKSCA accredited and has over four years of experience working with a multitude of athletes from swimming, cricket, triathlon, handball, golf, cycling and hockey. Among her clients are professional golfer Mel Reid and British Swimmer Charlotte Atkinson.

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.

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Chris Baird

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.

Nathan Bullock

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 Wright

Strength and Conditioning Coach

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. 

Tim Lawrenson

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Tim is a UKSCA accredited strength and conditioning coach, with a BSc (Hons) in sport and exercise science and a Masters in Research (Sport and Exercise), with over 7 years’ experience work with a large range of sports including swimming, football, hockey, cycling and weightlifting. Tim has also lectured on undergraduate degree programs at Derby University and Bath University.  

Farida Musa

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Farida is undertaking her BSC placement with Loughborough sport as Strength and Conditioning Coach. She is an undergraduate student studying Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University. Farida has previously worked as a Rugby coach at Rochdale Hornets Rugby l

League club and as a PE assistant at St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic High School. During her time at Loughborough, Farida has represented the University in Rugby union and Powerlifting where she qualified for the University world Cup.