Prior to founding Richardson Sport, I worked for many years as a Fitness Coach with Manchester City, Leeds United, Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Doncaster Rovers, as well as many non-league football clubs – Droylsden, Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde United, Radcliffe Borough, Salford City, and Bradford Park Avenue.
Away from football, my work in professional sport has taken me all over the world. In 1999, 2002 & 2003, I supported the England Lacrosse teams at the World Lacrosse Games in Australia and America, as Fitness Coach.
These days I am the Head Coach/Owner of Richardson Sport, my role provides me the opportunity to work with youth, academy and professional athletes alike from a variety of sports, which I am truly committed (some might say slightly obsessed) to, I love developing and executing programmes which support both athletic and personal development, ensuring athletes are given the best possible opportunity to fulfill their potential and succeed in their chosen sport.
Experience: UEFA B License football coach. Certified Personal Trainer. 20+ years’ experience in professional sporting environments.
Specialties: Strength and conditioning. Fitness Coaching. Sports mentoring.
ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT COACH
As a youngster, I participated in several sports, including cricket, football, rugby and athletics. Aged 14 I decided to focus my efforts solely on Pole Vault. During my 10-year career, I competed at the junior Commonwealth, European and World championships and numerous Grand Prix’s including the Diamond League. I collected 6 national medals, a junior world championship bronze medal and became British champion in 2012.
Unfortunately, Pole Vault is a physically demanding sport and injuries are sometimes inevitable, a back injury in 2016 resulted in me retiring. Life after professional sport can be difficult and sometimes confusing, in an attempt to gain direction, I undertook qualifications including level 2 athletics coach, level 2 fitness instructor, level 3 sports massage therapist and level 3 personal trainer.
I am now combining my sporting experience and theoretical knowledge to deliver athletic development sessions with Richardson Sport. Sessions can be undertaken by athletes from a variety of sports, at all stages of development.
The focus is to build a well-conditioned, all-around athlete. This can be achieved by increasing speed, strength and power, whilst improving running mechanics, mobility, core stability and more!
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
James is a Performance Scientist/Strength and Conditioning Coach who is passionate about facilitating performance improvements amongst his athletes.
He is a retired Paralympic swimmer and World Record holder with a 12-year career in elite sport.
He competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games as well several Europeans and World Championships which gave him great insight into what’s needed to be successful in sport.
James has also studied for an MSc in Musculoskeletal Sports Science and Health from Loughborough University and has experience in performance analysis, biomechanics, physiology and nutrition.
James is currently studying towards his UKSCA accreditation and looks forward to continuing his learning and gaining experience of private practice with Richardson Sport.
CONSULTANT PERFORMANCE ANALYST
A qualified performance analyst with a Masters degree from the University of Chester, Garry has worked across a multitude of sports ranging from Olympic Sports to professional football.
Following graduation from the University of Chester where he conducted two internships with professional football academies at Bury FC and Stoke City FC learning the processes and developing his analytical skills.
Garry has since moved into Olympic sport working with GB Boxing, British Cycling and now GB Taekwondo. He has continued to work with individual footballers ranging from academy to premier league players.
The focus of the analytical work Garry conducts is specific to the individual, looking directly at the key performance indicators that the individual believes will improve their performance.
This individualised approach can be modified and adapted to provide statistical, qualitative and video feedback directly aimed at improving performance.
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Richardson Sport would love to hear from you if you’re a qualified, passionate and dedicated fitness professional.
Send over your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s see if we could be a good fit?
We are particularly interested in Yoga instructors who understand how to get the best out of football players and athletes.
Team Richardson are a happy, friendly bunch, so get in touch!
Emma is our life support machine! Everything to do with the business “back office” comes under her efficient management.
She is a driving force behind the scenes at Richardson Sport: looking after our website, helping parents sign their kids up to classes, developing and executing our packages, marketing and events, whilst also ensuring the smooth operation of day to day business administration.
If you have any questions about what Richardson Sport does, and how we can help, if you would like to book your child onto our Fitness for Football classes, or arrange an initial phone consult with Wayne for pre-season training/1-2-1 training, Emma is your first point of contact, because what she doesn’t know about Richardson Sport could be written on the back of a postage stamp!
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