Performance staff

We have an excellent team of staff supporting our performance squad, athletes and clubs, including over 30 different coaches, and experts in strength and conditioning and nutrition.

Performance Sport Manager 283 x 142

Matt delivers our programme for Performance athletes, Clubs and Coaches. After graduating from Southampton University with a degree in Sport and Business Matt has worked in a variety of roles supporting young people aged 16-24. Recently embarking upon a part-time Masters in Sport, Business and Leadership at Loughborough London, Matt wishes to further develop his knowledge around this ever-changing subject and use his knowledge to help shape the Performance programme at Bristol.

Matt Paine

BUCS and Sports Coordinator 283 x 142

Sophie is responsible for the day to day running of our BUCS programme, facilitating over 50 different sports within regular team fixtures, tournaments and stand alone events across the country between other universities. She also supports clubs with their development throughout the year in conjunction with the Performance process, as well as assisting in the ever growing Varsity competition that runs year on year between Bristol and UWE.

Sophie Thomas

Sports Psychologist283 x 142

Currently working under Steve Peters at Chimp Management providing a consultancy service around locating your Inner Chimp - famously used with professional teams and athletes. Leonie, who has an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, was a Lecturer in Sport Development at the University of Northampton. Prior to this she worked in sport development for 10 years, spending 7 years at England Athletics and culminating in a national role as Coach Development Manager, overseeing a locally delivered national coach development programme.

Leonie Lightfoot

Head Coach - Rugby 283 x 142

Former Professional Rugby Player turned Professional Coach (RFU level 3) Joe has a wealth of experience in coaching roles, as well as degrees from the University of Bath and UWE. Joe says "As a creative and passionate coach, there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing our student athletes reach their potential as players and leaders, whilst making memories and having fun, within an enjoyable, dynamic and challenging player centred learning environment".

Joe Goodman

Head Coach - Rowing 283 x 142

Hailing from Australia, Cameron has degrees in Biology, Education and Sport & Exercise Science and has coached many athletes on to national teams. Formally Women's Coach at Durham University, Cameron led his squad to numerous Henley Women's Regatta wins, BUCS Championship wins and four Victor Ludorum trophies, and is well placed to grow the rowing program in Bristol to new heights. Our programme aims to develop talented individuals into robust and successful athletes who can compete nationally and internationally.

Cameron Kennedy

Head Coach - Hockey 283 x 142

Ben joins Bristol from his position as Director of Hockey at Bromsgrove School. Having played and coached at junior international level, played in the Euro Hockey League and coached in the English Premier Division, Ben brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to this Head Coach position. A passionate, enthusiastic and energetic coach, he will be looking to take the University's hockey to the next level.

Ben Dudley

Performance Nutritionist 283 x 142

Freddy became a Performance Nutritionist after the realisation that he could combine his love of combat sports with his passion for food and degree in Biochemistry. He has supported amateur and professional boxers and martial artists from club standard to international level, as well as providing nutritional support to GB Badminton. Currently undertaking a PhD in athletic recovery, Freddy’s extensive knowledge will help guide you to victory.

Freddie Brown

Strength and conditioning 283 x 142

Having coached sports since the age of 16, Will found his interest for Strength and Conditioning whilst studying his undergraduate degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Will has a varied background working within football, field hockey and rugby, and is looking forward to helping the various performance clubs within the University. “Developing the Strength and Conditioning programme at the University is a massive opportunity to help our teams improve their performance."

Will Ruscombe-King

Physical preparation‌

David is the National Coach Mentor for Physical Preparation at England Athletics working with Coaches across all events to develop their coaching practice. He is also responsible for commissioning, editing and writing sports science material for the British Athletic’s UCoach website and for running a number of research projects including youth biomechanics and injury epidemiology. David mentors a number of our Performance athletes and coaches.

David Rowland