Surrey Sports Park appoint new Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach
28 August 2011
Surrey Sports Park have recently welcomed James Wild, our new Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach to the Team.
James is responsible for the delivery of strength & conditioning (S&C) services to a range of guests, including running an internship programme in which up-and-coming S&C coaches have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and coaching skills while delivering S&C to the University of Surrey’s Performance Sport teams. Additionally, James is directly involved in the coaching of athletes on the University’s High Performance Athlete Scholarship Scheme as well as external individuals and sports teams who are interested in enhancing their physical performance through S&C.
Outside of Surrey Sports Park, James is also the Head of Men’s Strength & Conditioning at a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) High Performance Centre in Bromley (Kent) where he is responsible for the physical preparation of the academy’s leading athletes from junior through to senior ATP world tour players.
James has been involved in elite sport since 2002 having worked with athletes across multiple sports. This includes working with athletes from club to full international level primarily in rugby, tennis and triathlon. He also previously held the position of Head of Training and Research & Development for a leading provider of sport and fitness vocational qualifications where he was accountable for the quality of course delivery as well as the content across many of the company’s qualifications.
James holds a Master’s degree in Strength & Conditioning Science from St Mary’s University College and has been accredited as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA and an Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach by the UKSCA. His research interests include sprinting biomechanics and issues surrounding the transfer of training to speed and agility performance.
When asked why James chose to come to Surrey Sports Park he replied saying: “I was attracted to Surrey Sports Park for a number of reasons. The facilities here are first-rate and so too is the quality of the coaching staff who I already enjoy working alongside. There are a number of other reasons also, but the main appeal to me was that strength & conditioning here is very much in its infancy. With this in mind, I felt that I could have a real impact on performance sport by adding strength & conditioning to the already fantastic range of services available to facility users.”
Gavin Baker, Head of Sport & Performance, is pleased delighted with James’ arrival: “James’ appointment is a major statement for Team Surrey in their goal to become a top sporting institution. James comes with a wealth of experience and will have a positive impact on not only those individual elite athletes but many of the teams that compete every Wednesday for the University.”