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Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning

We’ll help you to reach your peak athletic performance.

Empowering you to become the best athlete possible

We support Newcastle’s high performance student athletes through tailored training programmes. We drive your athletic development and help you avoid injury.

The benefits of our programmes don’t stop at the physical. You’ll develop a healthy work ethic. You’ll grow skills in accountability, responsibility and discipline.

You’ll be setting yourself up to take ownership of your life. That's not only in sport, but as a whole.

Our approach

To help your reach your optimum level of athletic performance, we take into account:

  • the demands of your specific sport
  • where you currently are with your fitness as an individual

We periodise your training programme to the needs of your sport. Your programme will run parallel to the competitive season. Typical activities for training sessions involve:

  • movement preparation
  • free-weight strength training
  • speed training
  • agility training
  • plyometrics training

We will empower you with the knowledge to become your own trainer. We’ll always explain the reasoning behind each exercise we prescribe to you. Understanding the ‘whys’ behind your training programme will ensure that you stay motivated and focused.

We want you to be your best – for yourself, and for your team. Our coaches set high standards, and hold you to them.

Discover our outstanding Strength and Conditioning Suite

Get the most out of your training programme in our spacious Strength and Conditioning Suite. It offers the latest in high-performance equipment and tech.

Meet the Coaches

Richard Eaton: Head of Strength and Conditioning

Rich is a UKSCA accredited coach with over 10 years of experience. He has delivered multi-sport strength and conditioning within various field and court sports.

Rich’s focus is on:

  • England Netball and Netball Super League
  • England Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Commonwealth Games racket sports

He has worked with sports people at all levels. That's from the grassroots right up to and including Olympians and a Paralympic World Champion. He holds a BSc in Sport Science and an MSc in Sport Psychology. He is currently International Badminton Coach to the Falkland Islands Badminton Team.

Ross Drummond

Ross is a UKSCA accredited coach. He has completed an MSc in Strength and Conditioning. He has more than 5 years of experience.

He has worked in various roles, including:

  • the RFUW as North Divisional Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • professional sport coaching at Sunderland Ladies FC (Development and 1st Team squads).

Ross has worked with a range of both field and court-based performance teams at Newcastle. He is currently the lead multi-sport Strength and Conditioning coach for the English Institute of Sport, North-East region.

Chris Ferriter

Chris works part time at Newcastle University. He is a UKSCA accredited coach and holds an MSc in Strength and Conditioning.

Chris began his career in 2013, volunteering at Munster Rugby. He studied for his postgraduate degree in 2014. During this time, he gained more experience at Sunderland AFC and Newcastle University.

Chris completed a Strength and Conditioning internship with us in 2015. He now delivers Strength and Conditioning to Rugby Union and a range of scholarship athletes. He oversees delivery to junior and senior level swimmers, most notably Paralympic Champions at City of Sunderland ASC. His experience has also seen him work in Triathlon, Cycling and Trampoline.