I offer lessons to anyone with the desire to improve as a footballer, whatever level you play. Working within the FA's DNA I aim to develop the technical, physical, social and psychological skills required to reach your full potential as a player. Lessons available to individuals, groups or teams.
I am a Professional Fitness Coach with almost 20 years of experience, Strength & Conditioning Coach with Consett AFC's first team and Manager of Consett AFC Titans under 11 Girls team. In my first full season as manager, the Titans have transformed from a team that didn't win a single game to League Cup Semi-Finalists! All achieved through player development.
Lessons charged at full rate if cancelled within 24 hours
A conscientious and professional individual with extensive experience in Fitness Instruction and Personal Training, I currently operate my own successful Health & Fitness education company. A highly motivated and client focussed individual, whose progressive and analytical approach to exercise has yielded excellent results. My current employment and studies have enhanced both existing communication skills and further developed my knowledge of psychological theories, physiological effects and scientific understanding of health and exercise.
• FA Licensed Football Coach
• Extensive experience of holistic and contemporary fitness training
• Licensed Thai-Bo and Self Defence instructor
• Professional qualifications in Personal Fitness Training, Exercise Prescription for the Management of
Disease, Mid-Section Training, Tai Chi Chuan, Karate and Self Defence
• Certified Nutrition Advisor and Advanced Sports Nutritionist
• Extensive experience of planning and teaching one-to-one and group fitness sessions including
Football, Thai-Bo, Body Pump, Boot Camp Circuits, Self Defence, Tai Chi and Karate
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
• Associate member of the British School of Yoga
• First Aid qualified
• DBS enhanced cleared
Managing Director, Fit2The Core Training Systems Ltd
(December 2015 – present)
Head Coach of a successful Health & Fitness Education company, I am responsible for designing and delivering high quality Personal and Group Training Sessions. I have also written (and teach) an ActiveIQ accredited coaching course which allows me to develop potential instructors as part of my franchise. I also work within schools delivering Health Education programs to children.
Prison Officer, HM Prison Service, Low Newton
(November 2006 – December 2016)
Responsible for all aspects of dynamic security and safety within a volatile and occasionally dangerous environment. I also planned and delivered relaxation sessions to prisoners, based on Chi Kung breathing exercises as well as completing in house training in First Aid, Control and Restraint, Effective Communication, Project Delivery and Continuous Personal Development.
Care Officer, Hassockfield Secure Training Centre, Co. Durham
(January 2006 – November 2006)
Responsible for maintaining discipline and security within a private Secure Training Centre for offenders aged between 15 and 17 years old.
Self Defence/Conflict Management Instructor, Self Employed
(July 2004 – January 2006)
Teaching a unique system of self defence, developed by myself and sanctioned by the Chung Do Kwan Association (UK). Delivering self defence and Conflict Management solutions to a diverse range of clients, including Healthcare professionals in GP surgeries, private gym members and children with learning difficulties in various Secondary Schools. Providing professional, client focussed personal fitness training and Thai-Bo sessions to individuals.
Fitness Instructor/ Personal Fitness Trainer, Marriott Leisure, Gateshead
(March 2001 – July 2004)
Responsible for ensuring a quality service was delivered to members of the Gym which included: client focussed Personal Training, Gym supervision and instruction, teaching classes (including Body Pump, Thai-Bo, Combat Circuits, Self Defence and RPM), pool attendant duties and general housekeeping.
Open University, Milton Keynes
(February 2013 – October 2016)
Diploma of Higher Education Open
• Part time distance learning, including Sports Science and Sports Psychology modules
(January 15 – Present)
• FA Level 1 Football Coaching (currently completing level 2)
British School of Yoga
(May 2001 – August 2011)
• Diploma: Personal Fitness Training; Tai Chi Chuan; Basic Karate; Intermediate Karate and Advanced
• Professional Certificate of Merit: Mid-Section Trainer
• Certificate of Competence: Defender Self Defence System
(June 2010 – December 2010)
• Level 3 NVQ in Custodial Care
• NCFE Level 2 National Certificate for Door Supervisors
East Durham & Houghall Community College and Sunderland AFC
(June 1999 – February 2000)
• Foundation Studies in Exercise Certificate
Deerness Valley Comprehensive School
(September 1987 – July 1992)
• GCSE: History (B); Business Studies (B); English Lang (C); English Lit (C); Art (C), Mathematics (D);
Science (DD) and German (D)
Hobbies & Interests
I enjoy all aspects of physical training and as a former Heart patient value the importance of exercise. I enjoy exploring new training programmes and am currently completing Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma. I am a volunteer Football coach and run a local Under 11 Girls team, as well as being Strength & Conditioning Coach for Consett AFC’s 1st team. I particularly enjoy training in the Martial Arts and currently teach regular children's classes, as well as developing and teaching my own Self Defence system influenced by experience in Muay Thai, Karate, Tai Chi and Aikido. I am a believer in continuous personal development and enjoy learning, as reflected in my current studies. I also enjoy spending quality time with my family.
References are available upon request.
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