Lucy Mason (13) England and GB Archery. Bourneside School
“As always, many thanks must go to you for your help and input. At every competition it is so noticeable that Lucy shoots on a different level physically to both her peers and those much older.” Steve Mason
Charlie Chapman, (14) u14 County Tennis Champion; u14 & u15 Gloucester Rugby Academy Scrumhalf.
“The Athlete Academy has been a key part of Charlie’s athletic development for 6 years. His Strength and Conditioning programme has kept injuries to a minimum through critical growth periods and enabled him to train and compete at a consistently high level in two sports.”
He trains with the Athlete Academy in both group sessions and on a 1-2-1 basis. The coaching is second to none – from the first time plastic training bars were used to the current performance of Olympic lifts such as cleans and squats – correct technique and safety are paramount. Lee & Mina Chapman
Graham Brookhouse – Olympic Bronze Medallist
I have found that the conditioning program that Ed has given me has been invaluable in preparing my body for the demands of training for Ironman. I feel I am in a unique position of experiencing at first hand the benefits of this type of help as a current head coach of Gloucester swimming club, a former Olympic Modern Pentathlon athlete and current athlete in triathlon. My only regret is that I was not exposed to this type of knowledge and training when I was competing internationally in my younger years.
Olympic Bronze Medallist Modern Penthalon
& Elite Triathlete and Swimming Coach
The Crypt School – Sports Academy
I cannot speak highly enough about the impact and experience you have given the students within the Academy. The level of expertise and technical knowledge is second to none and the boys have benefited greatly from the 8 week programme carried out. Speaking with the boys they now appreciate the importance of technique when training and I know a number of them have immediately altered their own training in light of the Athlete Academy sessions. I personally feel the way you interacted with the group also helped the boys feel at ease and developed a strong relationship. I will be making every effort to arrange additional funding so that we can progress the sessions on even further next year.
Mr A. Bawden
Sports Academy Director, The Crypt Grammar School, Gloucester
Andrew Hazell – Gloucester Rugby
Thirty-two-year-old Andrew Hazell, the longest serving player in the current Gloucester RFC squad, benefited from Ed Archer’s experience as strength and conditioning specialist, when he was a teenager with a dream to become a professional rugby player.
Andrew, who has won seven England caps to date, improved his strength, speed and agility under the watchful eye of Ed at Kingsholm, and is pleased to see Ed coaching young people in the county.
“There are so many boys chasing the dream to become a professional rugby player and I was desperate to be among the select few who actually make it,” said Andrew, who was born and bred in Gloucester.
“I was self-driven but through regular one-to-one sessions with Ed I began to see my overall physical capabilities improve.
“Ed was hugely motivational and, at the same time, very honest and frank about the improvements I needed to make in order to secure a lucrative, professional contract. I do not think I would have made it without his help, support and guidance,” he added.
St. Peter’s R.C. High School & Sixth Form Centre – Sports Academy
The Athlete Academy has been a fantastic source of up to date information which is invaluable in an ever changing arena. The Athlete Academy conditioners deliver high level sessions which will educate and guarantee improvements in performance, empowering the athlete to train much better independently. I would encourage anyone considering the Athlete Academy to try them out, as from personal experience I can say their ideas definately produce excellent results.
Sports Academy Director
St. Peter’s R.C. High School & Sixth Form Centre
Thirteen-year-old Ben Tegg is a sporting all-rounder who excels at almost every sport to which he turns his hand. Having trained with Ed for just over a year he is about to move to a new school where he hopes to continue to develop his footballing and cricketing skills.
Mum Julia explains the difference that training with the Athlete Academy has made to her son.
“We enlisted Ed’s help to support Ben in developing his speed and power and we have really seen a difference in Ben’s performance. His granddad came to watch him play cricket recently and couldn’t believe how different he was running between the wickets.
“Ed has been superb with Ben, treating him like an adult and help to instil an unprecedented sense of self belief in him. He’s the kind of strength and conditioning coach that doesn’t stand on the sidelines shouting orders but he gets involved, running alongside Ben and motivating him every step of the way.
“Through resistance training, speed and ability exercises and the bleep test, Ed has helped to develop the speed and power in Ben’s legs whilst building upon his core strength. He has taken a real interest in Ben’s sporting activities outside the Athlete Academy, enquiring about what he was doing and remembering to ask how his team did in key fixtures.
“Ed has been really flexible and accommodating with us, understanding the various demands on Ben’s time with training for Swindon Town FC and Gloucestershire County Cricket. He’s been a very positive role model and coach for Ben and the whole family has seen what a difference he has made to our son.”