“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 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 which 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


A qualified and accredited 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, learning the processes and developing his analytical skills, he then moved into Olympic sport working with GB Boxing, British Cycling and now GB Taekwondo. The transition into Olympic Sport has developed his understanding of individualised analysis and incorporating a multi-disciplinary approach. The focus of the analysis work Garry conducts is specific to the individual, looking directly at the aspects 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 to your performance.

Emma Hughes


“I ensure everything runs smoothly”

As co-founder of Richardson Sport with Wayne, I am responsible for the smooth running of the business’ ‘back office’. I look after our website, the on-boarding of new athletes, as well as developing our range of bespoke packages for professional athletes and their agents' marketing and events. I also ensure that the day-to-day business administration is up to speed.

If you have any questions about what Richardson Sport does and how we can help, would like to book training for your team, or arrange an initial phone consult with Wayne for pre-season/1-2-1 training, I am your first point of contact.

Mike Brown-Fraser


Mike is a Soft Tissue Therapist with a degree in Sport & Fitness Studies and coaching background in Football and Rugby Union. After graduating, he became a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, working with several private clients, semi-professional and elite athletes across a broad range of sports including Football, Martial Arts and competitive fitness.

Upon relocating to Manchester from London, Mike studied as a Sports Massage Therapist, obtaining the Level V Certificate through the professional governing body ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council), enabling him to work within elite sport. He provides treatments in private clinical practices across Manchester, as well as working with elite Paralympic athletes in Swimming and Athletics.

He is a therapeutic consultant and Lead Soft Tissue Therapist with the GB Taekwondo squad, using his skills, knowledge and expertise as a Strength & Conditioning Coach to help reduce the threat or recurrence of injury, as well as improve performance levels.

Jordan Fagbola


A footballer with a career in both the professional and semi-professional game spanning back over a decade, Jordan is well aware of the challenges faced by athletes. This experience, combined with Jordan's knowledge of nutrition developed through studying for a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and an MSc in Sport Nutrition, allow him a unique perspective in performance nutrition strategies and applying them to the athlete lifestyle. Jordan has previously worked with England Water Polo, England Touch Rugby and City of Manchester Aquatic Swim Team, in addition to advising a range of individual athletes from a range of sports. Jordan is a SENr (Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register) registered nutritionist and a UKAD Accredited Anti-Doping Advisor.

Nicola Pickford


Nicola qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2013 from the University of Salford, upon graduation she was awarded a 12 month internship within the medical team at Sale Sharks Rugby Club.

Extending her knowledge and expertise in sports medicine, Nicola has delivered injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation programmes in a variety of clinical settings, such as private clinics, football academies, football development and athletics. Nicola has a strong interest in the lower limb, especially the ACL. She is currently studying for a masters in research in this clinical area. Nicola has spent 4 years in a surgical setting, supporting orthopaedic surgeons in the repair of soft tissue knee injuries. Her expertise lies within Muscoskeletal medicine due to her strong Athletics background.

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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.