Our Strength and Conditioning team, lead by Nick Ridgeon, provide sport-specific coaching for our Team Northumbria athletes. These sessions are predominately based in our world-class training facility, Sport Central, and more recently also at our High Performance Centre, located within the University's Coach Lane campus.

Athletes that benefit from a Team Northumbria Scholarship / TASS Scholarship or who are part of a performance squad are given sport specific S&C programmes from our expert UKSCA accredited coaches.

Our programme includes:

  • World class facilities and equipment (performance S+C room with 6x Olympic lifting platforms, 6 x watt bikes, pool and sprint track)

  • Full athlete screenings

  • Individualised gym, pitch/court and pool based training

  • Scientific testing and monitoring 

  • Strong links to the academic department

The main focus of the programme is to develop the strength and conditioning skills and knowledge as well as increase our athletes' capacity for training (trainability and coach ability).

Improvement in these factors will result in development of physical abilities such as:

  • Endurance/Durability/Work capacity

  • Movement and Mobility

  • Stability and Robustness

  • Strength and Power

The sessions are a mix of one-to-one and group coached sessions dependent on the sport, aiming to maximise performance and reduce the risk of injury. Our qualified S&C coaches will also work closely with the Team Northumbria physiotherapist and sport science staff to make sure that our athletes are getting the best out of their training programme.


Team Northumbria works in partnership with Newcastle Sport Injury Clinic (NSIC) who run a world class physiotherapy & massage clinic from Saville Place, a one minute walk from Sport Central.

NSIC provides a physiotherapy and sport injury service to Team Northumbria scholarship athletes, as well as discounted rates for squad members. The service includes an integrated approach to injury management, assessing, treating and rehabilitation of injuries.

To find out more information on NSIC visit http://www.newcastlesportsinjury.co.uk/.

Alternatively, to book an appointment telephone 0191 233 0500.

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Video Analysis

Sport scholars and performance squads can benefit from Team Northumbria’s video analysis service. This is a great way to help athlete’s assess their performance and focus on areas of improvement. Our team of staff from Performance Advantage Ltd work with our individual scholars and performance squads capturing footage and using software such as Dartfish TV to carry out in-depth analysis.

Sport scholars and high performance squad athletes can benefit from Team Northumbria’s performance analysis service. The performance analysis department use the latest industry leading software and equipment to gather high quality footage and data in order to provide bespoke analysis to suit the needs of each individual sport or athlete.

Sport scholars and high performance squad athletes can benefit from Team Northumbria’s performance analysis service.

This service includes:

  • Filming and analysis of all fixtures
  • Individual access to all footage online via Team Northumbria’s DartfishTV website
  • Pre and Post match feedback sessions delivered by coaches and analysts
  • Individual player and athlete analysis
  • Support for players and athletes on NGB pathways

The performance analysis department also pride themselves on having strong links with the academic department allowing student volunteers and interns to practice the theoretical knowledge gained on their degree programmes in a real world high performance setting

The main aim of the performance analysis department is to provide high quality footage and information that can be utilised by athletes and coaches to ultimately improve an individual or team’s performances.

For further information on our Video Analysis service contact heather.steel@northumbria.ac.uk.

Clean Sport Commitment

All sporting participants have the right to compete in Clean Sport.

Northumbria University adopts the UK Anti-Doping and World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA) position that cheating, including doping, in sport is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport, undermining the otherwise positive impact of sport on society.

To this end, Northumbria University commits to support Clean Sport in the UK in the following ways:

  • Northumbria University supports the mission of UK Anti-Doping and WADA in achieving Clean Sport.

  • All athletes are expected to play, train and compete in line with the spirit of sport, including the anti-doping rules.

  • All coaches and athlete support personnel are expected to perform their role in line with the spirit of sport, including the anti-doping rules.

  • Northumbria University is committed to supporting the prevention of doping behaviour in the UK in collaboration with other sporting bodies

  • Employed and associated ‘staff’ will not condone, assist or in any way support the use of prohibited substances and methods (unless permitted by a Therapeutic Use Exemption) in any aspects of their work.

  • Breaches of this, or any rules/policies referred to in Northumbria University own code of practice/conduct will be acted upon accordingly.

  • All employed and associated staff will be expected to contact UK Anti-Doping should they become aware of an athlete or NGB member using or considering the usage of a prohibited substance or prohibited method. This contact should be done in confidence on the dedicated confidential Report Doping in Sport line.

  • The Northumbria University will uphold any sanctions placed upon an athlete by UK Anti-Doping or other associated body in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

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