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Performance Team

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NICK JOHNSTON

PERFORMANCE TEAM Athletic Thinking

Nick Johnston has extensive experience as a High-Performance Director, Consultant, Strategist and Managing Director in elite sport and the corporate sector. Following his service in the British military, Nick subsequently spent nearly 20 years as part of Senior Management groups, including long tenures at Sale Sharks, Northampton Saints and Worcester Warriors. Both Sale and Northampton won the Premiership title along with many domestic and European honours. Having produced 29 Under-20 rugby union internationals in just three years through the creation of new Academies, Nick is also vastly experienced in setting up programmes from scratch. Talent is identified and nurtured through tailored pathways that ensure that individuals are achieving their own potential and contributing to the team’s overall success. Dubbed “one of the best, if not the best, high-performance experts in Europe” by peers, Nick’s track record is second to none.

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MARC FINNEY

PERFORMANCE TEAM Athletic Thinking

Former Head of Strength and Conditioning at Northampton Saints, Marc was an integral part of a multidisciplinary team for 10 seasons helping the Saints win the Aviva Premiership and Amlin European cups in 2014. Marc is a specialist in providing the highest quality Personal Training, Strength and Conditioning and Rehabilitation services. Marc specialises in strength, power and speed. His understanding of the physical demands of sport is second to none and have enabled him to design programmes that routinely produce robust athletes. Marc also holds an associate lecturing position at the University of Northampton and provides consultancy services for Coventry RFC as Head of Athletic Performance.

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CHRIS HART

PERFORMANCE TEAM Athletic Thinking

Chris Hart has spent the last 12 years working as part of high performing teams. With a foundation in long term player development, Chris has overseen the professional development of numerous junior athletes that have gone on to receive full international honours. Chris has worked as part of premiership-winning performance teams and, as Head of Department, Chris has led a team of staff to promotion and retention of league status.  More recently Chris has supported the development of the junior male and senior female athletes for the Scottish Rugby Union. Chris is accredited by The UKSCA, The ASCA and is a member of the GAIN network.

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A Network of World Class Practitioners and Support Staff

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PERFORMANCE TEAM Athletic Thinking

Brooke has been helping professional athletes, as well as private clients, perform at their best since moving to the UK from Australia in 2008.

Brooke Robinson

Osteopath

PERFORMANCE TEAM Athletic Thinking

After experiencing the benefits of meditation, Laura studied Psychology and Mindfulness and is a Meditation Teacher.

Laura Coleman

Mediation & Mindfulness

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David has a background as an employee of the British Cabinet Office prior to moving to motorsport and working with the worlds best drivers and teams.

David McMillan

Mind Coach

PERFORMANCE TEAM Athletic Thinking

John has led medical teams at the highest levels in football and rugby union and has worked across the spectrum of junior and senior athletes.

John Chaffe

Physiotherapisth

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PERFORMANCE TEAM Athletic Thinking

A specialist in Clinical Pilates, with a background in soft tissue therapy. Liz has worked with professional athletes and the British Army.

Liz Havard

Clinical Pilates

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Following a successful playing career including 257 appearances for Newcastle, Tom has worked in the media, business consultancy support, and career transition for elite sportspeople.

Tom May

Business Development and Career Transition Advisor

PERFORMANCE TEAM Athletic Thinking

Caroline is an experienced practitioner in rugby union and football and has recently specialised in the development of youth female athletes.

Caroline White

Mind Coach

PERFORMANCE TEAM Athletic Thinking

Jordan works in professional sport and has also supported the armed services for the last 6 years. Jordan also works with a number of individual athletes.

Jordan Higgins

Performance Nutritionist

Nick understands the big picture and operates at such a level it encourages those around him to up their game and achieve on the highest platform. Personally, for me he has been an outstanding mentor who helped shape my career and my development as a high performance coach and mentor.
NEIL TAYLOR

Commonwealth Games medallist

What was refreshing was that this was not an 'off the shelf' product. The first engagement involved identification of issues specific to our business, and Nick really took the time to explore what was working and what was not currently working for us. It was such a tailored solution to our business and our people. The resulting interventions have given us a fresh approach to how we run our business, how we manage our team and how we do all of this efficiently.
SAMANTHA SMITH

Partner, Smith Heath Accountants

We looked for re-focusing and regrouping with energy and a plan. Nick instantly engaged his audience by adding the 'human element'. His in-depth knowledge around high performance in elite sport and the close relationship it plays in business was thought provoking and hard hitting. It felt like a revelation; he is a fantastic coach.
DAN ELLIS

Head of Business, Peterborough Audi

I have known Nick for a few years and it has been a pleasure to work with him as he has expanded his broad and deep experience into the corporate sector. Nick takes the time to listen and to understand the issues and dynamics of a business and uses his considerable experience to develop detailed strategies to support its development and growth. As a result, positive and enduring outcomes are achieved that deliver great benefits to the company, its shareholders, employees and customers.
JAMES FLEMMING

CEO - SANDAIRE Ltd Investment Bank

I have known Nick since 2008 and have worked closely with him during my career. He has this ability to really understand people and how they tick. This has helped me enormously - Nick always listened to what I felt worked best for me and helped implement positive changes to ensure I am the best I can be. He also has great intuition into what is required to make sure the team is prepared correctly.
DYLAN HARTLEY

ENGLAND RUGBY CAPTAIN

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