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.

Matt Paine, Performance Sport Manager

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.

Will Ruscombe-King, Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach

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.

Edward Bloomfield, Head Coach - Rowing

Ed joined UBBC in 2015 as our Development Coach but has now taken on the role of Head Coach. Having started coaching at St Edwards School Oxford, he swiftly took up a project with the women's squad. His work has brought the standard of Bristol Women's Rowing up to a new height, culminating in a record 4th place in the Championship 8+ at BUCS Regatta 2018. Ed is well placed to continue developing our club programme, aiming to develop talented individuals from all squads into robust and successful athletes who can compete nationally and internationally.

Ben Dudley, Head Coach - Hockey

Ben joined Bristol in 2017, leaving his role 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 has brought a wide range of knowledge and experience to the universities hockey programme. A passionate, enthusiastic and energetic coach, he is constantly working to take UBHC to the next level. 

Joe Goodman, Head Coach - Rugby

As an RFU Level 4 coach, Joe is a proven player developer, mentor and team builder, specialising in restarts, attack and skills coaching. Joe says, "There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing our student athletes reach their potential as players and leaders whilst making memories and having fun."  

Connor Grant, Sports Psychologist

Connor is a BASES Supervised Sport Scientist (Psychology), Certified Mental Toughness Consultant and LTA Level 3 tennis coach. He has been fortunate to work with a wide range of sporting individuals and teams, from 'weekend warriors’ to Olympic gold medallists. His passion for both people and human performance has seen him ply his trade in Africa, Europe and Australasia. Now back in Bristol, he is looking forward to adding value and insight to the University’s Performance Programme, Maroon scholars and BUCS Squads.

Dr Fiona Lithander, Sports Nutrition

Fiona is the expert nutrition consultant to the University of Bristol’s Performance Programme. In this role, she provides evidence-based support to maximise the impact of nutrition on sports performance. 

Fiona is a Registered Dietitian, Registered Nutritionist and Sport and Exercise Nutrition Registrant (SENr) and holds a PhD in nutrition physiology. 


Henry Abrahams, Sports Physiotherapy

Physiotherapist (MSc) and a Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine) with a BSc in Sports Science.

I am passionate about health and fitness and the physiological and psychological benefits of regular exercise, movement and nutrition.

As part of my role at the clinic I work closely with the University of Bristol Performance Squad athletes and the Strength and Conditioning Team. 

I am a keen sportsman and regular skier, road cyclist, mountain biker, runner and triathlete.

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