"Steve and I worked together on numerous camps for Scottish Rugby performance programs over a 6-year period. Steve’s knowledge and enthusiasm were a consistent with every team he worked with. Combined with his tireless work ethic Steve made a massive impact on the program and the athletes he worked with" - Dave Butcher - High Performance Manager, Ontario Rugby, Canada
How to join the performance team and be welcomed on board
as one of our athletes
1. initial Questionnaire
Once you've registered your interest with us, you will be re-directed to our Athlete Questionnaire where you will need to answer a few easy questions to for us to get to know all about you and your goals.
2. Get set up with our professional training app.
Your Coach will be in touch to get you set up with our mobile friendly app; Today's Plan.
3. Scheduled online consultation
Next we'll be in touch to schedule a virtual call with you at a time that is convenient for you. In this online meeting we shall discover what drives you, what your goals are and understand key periods, events or matches in your competitive season or training.
4. Bespoke sports specific performance coaching
Once we have got to know all about you, your Coach will then upload your first week of performance sessions on to the app. aimed at increasing your positional athletic performance in your sport. You will receive weekly contact time with your Coach where we shall discuss the week completed and the week ahead.
5. on-going support from The S&C performance Team
No one is left behind with The S&C Coach. As one of our Athletes, you'll get access to our supportive community in our private facebook group and you will have access to our extensive YouTube channel of exercises & performance drills.
"Steve has consistently demonstrated a high level of knowledge in all aspects of Strength and Conditioning coaching and continually strives for self-improvement. He has a very effective delivery style and is able to engage with players of all abilities and confidence levels. He demonstrates an athlete centred approach to his coaching and is very detailed driven in all that he does." - Rob Brierley – Scottish Rugby Performance Manager
The 4 Success Factors
To enable your body to adapt to meet the demands in sport, strength is a key factor in your training. Incorporating strength into your periodized training doesn’t mean that you will gain in size (if this is not your goal), but rather increase muscle, tendon and ligament strength. This is vital due to the complexities every sport asks from the muscular and skeletal system mixed in with multi-directional, rotational and multi-planar movement therefore enabling an athlete to overcome these external load-bearing pressures to then perform effectively and efficiently.
To perform effectively and to be the best surely means it comes down to being better than your opponent. In simple terms, being faster, stronger, more powerful and able to react faster than them is what is needed to beat them. Power is a key factor to incorporate into a periodized programme, whatever the sport. Being more powerful transfers into becoming more explosive in your movement and being able to omit higher amounts of explosive strength. Being more powerful than your opponent means that you will have the ability to recruit more fast-twitch muscle fibers than they can, which result in faster movements. End result is that you are the one who will reach the ball first, jump higher for that intercept or hit harder than they can, therefore having the upper hand.
Everyone wants to be quick. However speed doesn’t necessarily translate into linear speed. In every sport, having an old school 1 vs 1 foot race in a straight line is very rare. More commonly, it is the ability to move in a multi-directional pattern through multi-planar movements faster than your opponent. Incorporating linear, lateral and multi-directional based speed drills into a periodized programme are therefore the key to success to meet the demands and match the ever increasing ability of athletes in the modern game.
An athlete who is more agile than their opponent will result in having the ability to change direction at speed and recruit elements of strength, coordination and balance faster than the opposing player. This poses significant demand on the body when maximal speed is changed, a sudden change of direction is made, and load is transferred from one limb to another, to then re-accelerate and return to maximum velocity once again. Incorporating agility training into a periodized plan will make you become more efficient and react faster to elements beyond your control in a game scenario resulting in you winning that header, intercepting that pass or making the try saving tackle.