Ask the Expert – Dr Jonathan Griffin (Fulham FC)

I was a classic early maturer, becoming a stand-out junior athlete across a range of sports, competing internationally


Dr Jonathan Griffin is the Head of Exercise Science at Fulham FC Academy and a former lecturer of mine at St Mary’s University.
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Ask the Expert – Phil Williamson (Teeside University)

Phil is a friend and former colleague of mine. He is currently a Lecturer and PhD researcher at Teeside University.

1)  Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience

Well it probably wasn’t your usual route into S&C/research/exercise physiology. I worked in a gym at 18, but the joined the Army, where I served with a number of units, until I left in 2010. At that point, I knew that I wanted to work in S&C, so I attended Teesside University from 2011-2014, doing my undergrad degree and MSc there, whilst also working in a gym as a personal trainer. I was also fortunate enough to get an internship at Castleford Tigers during the third year of my undergrad degree. This was the direction that I wanted to go in, as I had been involved in playing rugby league (never at a great standard mind!) since I was about 8.
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Ask the Expert – Andy Woodward (Barnard Castle School)

Andy is the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Barnard Castle School and PEP Sports weeks performance sports camps, as well as the Throws and Speed Coach at Darlington Harriers Athletics Club.

Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience).

Main sports were Track and Field, Rugby Union and Volleyball.  Represented Royal Air Force on the track in both the 100m and 200m in the 1990’s.  I hold a BA(Hons) in Sports Studies and PE from York St John Uni and an MSc in S&C from Teesside Uni.  I am a UK Atheltics Level 3 Performance Coach in Throws and Level 2 Speed and Jumps.
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Ask the Expert: Johnny Harris-Wright (Bristol Rugby)

  1. Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience)

I have played rugby most of my life and was lucky enough to play representative rugby in New Zealand and in Ireland at school boy and college level for my home province of Leinster. My most relevant qualifications would be my Undergraduate Degree in Strength and Conditioning and I am about to complete a Masters Degree in Sport Rehabilitation. I also have other qualifications such as diplomas in Sports Nutrition and Sports Therapy.
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Ask the Expert – Tom Smale (Leaf Academy)

Would you mind giving us a bit of background about yourself?

I studied at University of Stirling getting a BA (Hons) in Sports Studies and MSc in Sports Coaching. Whilst doing my MSc got the opportunity to shadow S&C sessions run by the University and Sportscotland Institute of Sport and realised this would be a pretty cool way to make a living. Eventually I started getting paid to coach and things progressed from there. Went to the US to do a 3 month unpaid internship with the US Ski Team at the end of which was offered a role travelling with their Men’s Alpine Speed Team for a season. When this finished I returned to the UK and got my current role at LeAF Studio. I’m leaving here in July to take up a position with West Highlands College UHI in Fort William.
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Ask the Expert – Digby Webb (Kingswood School)

Digby is the Athletic Development Coach at Kingswood School, as well as being a qualified science and maths teacher…

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Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience)

I am currently a Science & Maths teacher at Kingswood Senior School in Bath. I moved to Bath from Cape Town, South Africa, last August. I studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and played rugby for the UCT 1st XV “Ikey Tigers” for 4 years, as well as representing Western Province Rugby against the Kenyan & Namibian national teams. I hold a BSc, BEd (Hons) and PGCE from UCT, and have recently gained a strength & conditioning certification through the International Sports Science Association.
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Ask the Expert – Dr Emma Kavanagh (Bournemouth University)

Dr Kavanagh is a lecturer and researcher at Bournemouth University, as well as chartered sport scientist specializing in performance psychology…

1. Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience)

I played hockey to an international level but that was a long time ago now – that experience led me to coaching and my love of psychology. My degree was sport science and my Masters in Sport Psychology, I also have a PhD and am a chartered sport scientist specializing in performance psychology.
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