Meet the team

Meet the Team

Strength and Conditioning Education was founded by Brendan Chaplin in 2011 with a goal to provide world class education, mentoring and opportunities for coaches to become the best possible version of themselves.

The company has always sought to work with the worlds best practitioners in their respective disciplines, and then take the lessons learn and mistakes made by the very best and make them accessible to everyone.

Brendan Chaplin

I’ve always been intensely passionate about fitness and how to improve sports performance, both personally and professionally and hence in 2010, after gaining years of experience in the field working with thousands of elite athletes, holding many Head Coaching positions with performance sport teams and governing bodies, and delivering hundreds of presentations to coaches in the field I decided to set up my company Strength and Conditioning Education.

Dave Hembrough

I am the lead strength and conditioning coach at Sheffield Hallam, & have an MSc Sport injury management and therapy, and a BSc Sport Science.

I’m a sports scientist for Podium Performance and work in consultancy, research and teaching.

Working as the current lead strength and conditioning coach at Sheffield Hallam University, the head coach of Hallam Barbell Weightlifting club and working out of the Centre of Sport and Exercise Science (CSES), I’m also a well-respected sports therapist.

My work involves a great deal of hands-on athlete consultancy in both field- and gym-based environments. I was the lead S&C coach for the GB womens Volleyball programme, have worked extensively in professional boxing, rugby union, diving and orienteering.

Ian Fisher

I am a Strength and conditioning coach and former professional cricketer.

My current role is Lead S&C coach for Yorkshire County Cricket Club one of 18 professional cricket teams in the UK. I also have a BSC in sports performance.

I was previously 1st Team S&C coach for Essex County Cricket Club and have worked with a wide range of sports and populations from world champion kayakers, professional snowboarders, amateur rugby teams, to the general public.

At Leeds Metropolitan University I enjoyed working with TASS athletes and high performance teams including hockey and badminton along with a number of junior athletes in different sports, which gave me a well rounded profile of experience and expertise for me to share as a mentor.

Laurence Bloom

I’m a certified strength and conditioning coach specialising in the physical and athletic development of elite football players.

I’m currently head of Sports Science at Charlton Athletic Football Club, a position which I’ve held for over 3 years. My primary role within the club is to deliver both general (gym) and sports specific (field) strength and conditioning programmes in order to optimise the players’ physical performance levels. Prior to this, I worked within a similar role at Southend United Football Club for 6 years, also overseeing the physical development of the academy players.

I’ve also worked part time as a sports science tutor and provided strength & conditioning services to a number of teams and individual athletes from a range of sports including; rugby, hockey, tennis, athletics, boxing and MMA.

I graduated in 2004 from Middlesex University with a degree in Sports Rehabilitation & Injury Prevention. Since then I’ve completed an MSc in Strength & Conditioning from Salford University and gained a number of professional qualifications, including;  NSCA (CSCS), BWLA tutor award & the FA Fitness Trainers Award.

Russell Jolley

I am a Strength and conditioning coach and former professional cricketer.

My current role is Lead S&C coach for Yorkshire County Cricket Club one of 18 professional cricket teams in the UK. I have a BSc in sports performance.

I was previously 1st Team S&C coach for Essex County Cricket Club and have worked with a wide range of sports and populations from world champion kayakers, professional snowboarders, amateur rugby teams, to the general public.

At Leeds Metropolitan University I enjoyed working with TASS athletes and high performance teams including hockey and badminton along with a number of junior athletes in different sports, which gave me a well rounded profile of experience and expertise for me to share as a mentor.

Nick Ward

I’ve been working in the field of physical performance for over 20 years and with a master’s degree from the University of Calgary, I am an accredited strength and conditioning tutor and provide education in physical preparation to schools, coaches and clubs.

I also currently consult as the Physical Performance lead to England Golf, Derbyshire Institute of Sport and Sheffield Eagles RLFC. Having worked with a diverse breadth of organisations and athletes, I have been challenged to blend creativity with science to plan and deliver on programmes that work to impact on the athletes and performances.

A constraints-led approach is central to my programmes and centres along a pedagogical pathway to develop athletes to Train well – Eat well – Recover well.

Ryan Blake

I’m a strength and conditioning coach for elite athletes in a variety of international sports.

I have a BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise science, an MSc in Maintenance and Enhancement of Elite Sports Performance.

As well as coaching, I power lift, play rugby, surf, snowboard and regularly compete in sprint triathlons. I believe that achieving results in performance comes down to a finely tuned balance of body, mind and soul with consistent high quality hard work, belief and trust.

I also direct www.extremesportsperformance.com, a science consultancy that helps people go further in sport and life through science, specialising in management, performance, development, education and fitness for life.