About the UK Strength and Conditioning Association
For a number of years there has been the need for an independent voice which represents the UK strength and conditioning profession.
The UKSCA is the pre-eminent professional body for strength and conditioning practitioners in the UK. Launched in May 2004 with the support of UK Sport, the UKSCA has grown to represent over 2600 members, of whom more than 800 have attained the highly respected “Accredited Coach” (ASCC) standard.
The Association has the following aims:
- To establish and maintain high professional standards for UK strength and conditioning practitioners and facilities;
- The promotion and dissemination of good practice, knowledge and research in strength and conditioning;
- To facilitate communication among UKSCA members;
- To represent the interests of the membership of the UKSCA;
- Through our members, ensure that world class coaching in strength and conditioning is available to athletes at all levels in the UK.
The UKSCA is a not-for-profit, limited by guarantee company and is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors, elected from and by the membership. For biographies of the Board, see below...
Chris Bishop, MSc, ASCC, PGCHE
Chair of the Board
Chris Bishop is a strength and conditioning coach and senior lecturer in strength and conditioning at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University where he is also the programme leader for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning. Chris spent 8 years working in the field in both professional football and in the private sector where he has a wide range of experience coaching athletes in swimming, athletics and rugby, which he continues on a part-time basis alongside his current role at Middlesex. In addition, Chris has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, two book chapters and has a keen interest in using research to further the field of strength and conditioning. His particular areas of interest relate to asymmetries, the bilateral force deficit and using screening protocols to individualise athlete training programmes.
Richard Hunwicks, ASCC
Richard is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University and has extensive applied coaching experience in professional team sports. Currently Head of Performance at Catalans Dragons Rugby League and Vice Chair of the organisation.
Prior to this Richard held a similar role as Head of Human Performance for England Rugby League and has worked extensively in the Super League, latterly preparing and delivering England's player preparation on their journey to the 2017 World Cup final.
Notably, he has also achieved several Grand Final, World Club Challenge wins and Challenge Cup final appearances whilst actively coaching . In his early career, he mentored elite rugby union players, worked with all grades of junior football and held an Institute of Sport role leading physical preparation for Great Britain men's water polo squad in the run up to London 2012.
More recently Richard has also collaborated on a number of published research papers presenting the physical qualities and testing criteria of professional rugby players. In addition to this he is completing a postgraduate research degree quantifying the effects of training in overseas international competition of elite rugby players.
Richard is an active tutor and assessor for the UKSCA with a specific interest in programming for performance and was voted 2018 Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in Elite Sport.
Dan Cleather, ASCC
Dan was accredited by the UKSCA during their first ever accreditation day in 2005. He served as Director of Finance and Administration from 2005 to 2009. He was re-elected as Finance Director in 2017. Dan is currently Programme Director of St Mary's University's distance learning MSc in Strength and Conditioning, and is also a Reader in Musculoskeletal Mechanics and Strength Training. Prior to joining St Mary's he was employed as a strength and conditioning coach with the English Institute of Sport, principally working with rowing, track and field athletics, canoeing, women's rugby and fencing.
Crofton Alexander, BSc Hons (Anglia Ruskin University), MSc (St Mary’s University London), ASCC
Accredited as a Strength & Conditioning coach since 2008; Crofton is also a UKSCA workshop tutor and CPD panel member monitoring the CPD activities of the associations accredited members. Crofton is also a level 2 qualified British weightlifting coach. Crofton joined Wasps in 2006 and assisted with the physical development of the 1st team and was responsible for the elite academy players. Having spent a number of years at the club which included being part of successful European and Premiership teams in 2007 & 2008, Crofton became Head of Strength and Conditioning at an LTA accredited High Performance Centre in 2012 and has recently been appointed as Head of Strength and Conditioning at Edinburgh Rugby, taking charge of the teams' physical development. Having spent 3 seasons with Leicestershire CCC as Head of Strength and Conditioning, Crofton was also the team Strength and Conditioning Coach for the ECB Lions during the 2016 winter programme. Crofton currently works in F1 and F2 as a Performance Coach ensuring his drivers are in peak physical and mental condition.
Peter Mundy, PhD, ASCC, CSCS
Dr Peter Mundy is a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning and the Course Director for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning at Coventry University. Alongside this, Peter provides and coordinates performance support to a diverse range of individuals, ranging from professional athletes to vulnerable populations. Peter’s current research, consultancy, and applied support with sports teams and national governing bodies focuses primarily on measurement issues associated with technology, as well as the impactful implementation of technology within practice for diagnostic, prescriptive, and monitoring purposes. Further, Peter is also conducting research into the transcriptome signature of resistance exercise adaptations in relation to healthy ageing.
Kevin Paxton, ASCC
Kevin has worked in professional sports for 20 years and is a High Performance Sport Accredited Practitioner, supervisor and reviewer with the British Association for Sport & Exercise Sciences who holds a Chartered Scientist status with the UK Science Council. He is also an Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach with the United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association and member of their continual professional development events panel. An experienced coach educator and staff developer he is also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby and foundation weightlifting course tutor for the National Strength & Conditioning Association in the U.S.A.
During his time in professional soccer, cricket, basketball and cycling he has studied extensively S & C and sport science practises worldwide using these experiences to consult for several international organisations including Nike, Scottish FA and delivered to universities and conferences nationally and internationally. He has served advisory working groups with the England & Wales Cricket Board and is currently on an English Premier League S & C working group.
His areas of specialism are firstly in classifying exercises in a progressive and regressive manner to target prioritising key areas of athletic development in cycles during the various stages of physical competency. Secondly Kevin has been innovative in the use of physiological monitoring techniques to quantify and then classify the results to give a simplistic meaning for affecting the delivery of physical and technical training sessions to produce the desired individual specific responses within a team environment.
Kevin possesses well practised skills on developing individual player and squad relationships and fosters an attention to detail, logical and collaborative personality. Combined with a dedication for continual professional development and strategic mind-set he consistently strives for best practise in all aspects of elite performance.
Associate Board Member
I have been fortunate enough to work in professional sport as a strength and conditioning coach for 17 years working predominantly in professional rugby with Leicester Tigers, Cardiff Blues and latterly USA Rugby and Seattle Saracens. I have also worked in professional cricket working for both Leicester Foxes and the Northamptonshire Steelbacks. I've recently transitioned into the academic sector, lecturing at USW in Strength and Conditioning whilst undertaking research across multiple domains. Those domains being VBT (Velocity based training) and coping with the demands of working in elite level S&C.