“We create high-performance athletes conditioned to win”

About Wayne Richardson

Prior to co-founding Richardson Sport, I worked part-time for many years as a Fitness Coach with Manchester City, Leeds United, Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Doncaster Rovers. I also worked at many non-league football clubs – Droylsden, Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde United, Radcliffe Borough, Salford City, and Bradford Park Avenue. This has led to me working with some of the top names in football, past and present, right up to the stars and up-and-coming players of today.

My break came whist I was coaching at Manchester City Football Club in 1998, when Joe Royle was the Manager. Mr Royle turned to me and said: “You can do the warm-up Wayne the lads like you”.

Away from football, my role in professional sport has taken me all over the world. In 1999, 2002 and 2003, I supported the England Lacrosse teams at the World Lacrosse Games in Australia and the United States of America, as their Fitness Coach.

Alongside these part-time roles, it was my ‘day job’ where I honed my mentoring skills, developing a passion for working with young people. I worked in Education as a Mentor at Loreto College and Cheadle & Marple College, where I helped teens with all manner of issues. Later, I progressed into Youth Service work, undertaking roles and assignments for the Greater Manchester Police. I worked with young offenders, The Home Office and Manchester City Council to activate projects that sought to affect the negative impacts of Gang crime.

These days I am the Performance Director and owner of Richardson Sport. My role provides me with the opportunity to work with youth, academy and professional athletes from a variety of sports, to which I am truly committed – some might say slightly obsessed! I thrive on developing and executing programmes that support both athletic and personal development, to ensure athletes are given the best possible opportunity to fulfil their potential and succeed in their chosen field.

UEFA B License football coach. Certified Personal Trainer. 20+ years’ experience in professional sporting environments.

Youth Worker/Mentor previously at Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police.

Strength and conditioning | Fitness Coaching | Sports mentoring

Our Team Players

Our team is passionate about helping athletes from grassroots to professional level achieve their full potential, through a holistic approach to development, both physically and emotionally.
Whether individuals or team players, our specialist Athlete Development programme has been specifically created to meet our clienteles’ exact needs, in areas of sports science and medicine.
We coach individuals and teams: Fitness, Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, Performance Analysis, Psychology, Physiotherapy and Mentoring.

Garry Owen

Consultant Performance Analyst

Emma Hughes

Business Manager

Mike Brown-Fraser

Soft Tissue Therapist

Steve Flynn

Sports Consultant

Incoming team player


AmandaParent of Academy Player

Thank you, Wayne, for the continued support with Ewan’s sports performance. Your coaching has played a huge part in progressing Ewan’s strength, speed and fitness, so much so that he has been offered a further 2-year contract with a Rochdale Academy. Your sessions push him mentally and physically and he looks forward to getting back to the sessions.

Gary LaverickParent to Academy Player

I couldn't speak more highly of Wayne and the team at Richardson Sport. Not only is he a fantastic coach but a great mentor. He is really passionate about his students and takes time to understand what drives them to make a better athlete. Thank you Wayne and Richardson Sport

StacyParent of Academy Player

My daughter has just started a course of sessions with Wayne, she found the first session really useful. Her exact words were, ‘that you've connected a lot of dots’. She has always been a child that is eager to learn and be the best she can be. So she is really looking forward to working with you and can already see the benefit that you will bring to her football. Thank you.

AdamParent or Academy Player

My son has really enjoyed his sessions at Richardson sport, He has felt very welcome and treated as an athlete, I would like to thank Wayne, Andy and Emma for all there support, for ensuring that his progress and happiness have been central to his achievements.
Since attending Richardson in the last eight months he results have been outstanding." In strength, speed, awareness, and attitude.

RobParent of Academy Player

My son spent around 10 weeks working with Wayne in his football athletic development sessions & loved it. He’s never been blessed with pace but Wayne taught him techniques that gave him the boost that he needed.