About the UK Strength and Conditioning Association

For a number of years there has been the need for an independent voice which represents the UK strength and conditioning profession.

With the support of UK Sport, the Association was launched in May 2004, with an inaugural AGM and since has grown to represent over 2600 members, of which 750 are Accredited. The Association has the following aims:

  • To establish and maintain high professional standards for UK strength and conditioning practitioners and facilities;
  • The promotion and dissemination of good practice, knowledge and research in strength and conditioning;
  • To facilitate communication among UKSCA members;
  • To represent the interests of the membership of the UKSCA;
  • Through our members, ensure that world class coaching in strength and conditioning is available to athletes at all levels in the UK.

The UKSCA is a not-for-profit, limited by guarantee company and is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors, elected from and by the Accredited membership. For biographies of the Board, see below...

UKSCA Personnel

Pete McKnight BSc (Hons), ASCC, CSCS

Chair of the Board

Pete, based in Annecy France, and works in Geneva, Switzerland at Hintsa Performance where he is Director of Coaching and Sports Science. He supports athletes from a number of different sports, and manages a team of Performance Coaches. Previously he has worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach for the French Ski Team, UK Athletics, Leicestershire County Cricket, and the English Institute of Sport where he worked with a number of sports including British Triathlon, Rowing and the ECB. Pete started his career as a Strength & Conditioning Coach at Loughborough University, then moved to work in India and Thailand. He currently also runs coach education courses, enjoys writing, and presenting. Pete is a qualified athletics coach and is doing a PhD in the monitoring and evaluation of strength characteristics in elite track and field athletes.

Dan Cleather ASCC

Finance Director

Dan was accredited by the UKSCA during their first ever accreditation day in 2005. He served as Director of Finance and Administration from 2005 to 2009. He was re-elected as Finance Director in 2017. Dan is currently Programme Director of St Mary's University's distance learning MSc in Strength and Conditioning, and is also a Reader in Musculoskeletal Mechanics and Strength Training. Prior to joining St Mary's he was employed as a strength and conditioning coach with the English Institute of Sport, principally working with rowing, track and field athletics, canoeing, women's rugby and fencing.

Crofton Alexander BSc (Hons), MSc, ASCC

Accredited as a Strength & Conditioning coach since 2008; Crofton is also a UKSCA workshop tutor and CPD panel member monitoring the CPD activities of the associations accredited members. Crofton is also a level 2 qualified British weightlifting coach. Crofton joined Wasps in 2006 and assisted with the physical development of the 1st team and was responsible for the elite academy players. Having spent a number of years at the club which included being part of successful European and Premiership teams in 2007 & 2008, Crofton became Head of Strength and Conditioning at an LTA accredited High Performance Centre in 2012 and has recently been appointed as Head of Strength and Conditioning at Edinburgh Rugby, taking charge of the teams' physical development. Crofton obtained a BSc (Hons) Sports Science at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and a Master's degree in Strength & Conditioning at St Mary's University College Twickenham.

Ed Archer BSc(Hons), ASCC

Ed has over 20 years of experience in strength and conditioning, and the fitness industry. He has worked extensively in elite sport including Gloucester Rugby and Formula 1, and with athletes from a wide variety of other sports and the performing arts.

He has been a tutor and assessor for the UKSCA since 2010 and works closely with a number of schools to integrate sound S&C practice into the PE curriculum. He also runs his own training provider, delivering personal training qualifications and is committed to raising standards of practice in the wider fitness industry and increasing opportunities for self-employed S&C coaches.

Ed enjoys a wide variety in his coaching; for the past ten years he has innovated the delivery of youth strength and conditioning in Gloucestershire and beyond, as well as continuing to work with seniors, with a particular focus on rehabilitation from injury, and restoration of physical competency after years of neglect.

Chris Bishop MSc, PGCHE, ASCC

Chris Bishop is a strength and conditioning coach and lecturer at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University where he is also the programme leader for the MSc in strength and conditioning. Chris spent 8 years working in the field and has a wide range of experience coaching athletes in swimming, athletics and rugby which he continues on a part-time basis alongside his current role at Middlesex. In addition, Chris has authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, two book chapters and has a keen interest in using research to further the field of strength and conditioning. His particular areas of interest relate to asymmetries, the bilateral force deficit and using screening protocols to individualise athlete training programmes

Richard Hunwicks, ASCC

Richard is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University and has extensive applied coaching experience in professional team sports. Currently Head of Human Performance for the Rugby Football League, his role holds responsibility for all England programmes' physical performance and preparation. Richard delivers sports science and strength and conditioning support to England senior players reporting directly to head coach Wayne Bennett.

Prior to his current role Richard worked extensively within Super League. Notably, he has achieved several Grand Final wins and Challenge Cup final appearances whilst strength and conditioning coach at Leeds Rhinos, having worked with all grades prior to elite level. He also spent two seasons as Head of Strength and Conditioning at Salford Red Devils. In his early career, he mentored elite rugby union players and held an Institute of Sport role leading physical preparation for Great Britain men's water polo squad in the run up to London 2012.

More recently Richard has collaborated on a number of published research papers presenting the physical qualities and testing criteria of professional rugby players. In addition to this he is completing a postgraduate research degree quantifying the effects of training in overseas international competition of elite rugby players.

Richard is an active tutor and assessor for the UKSCA with a specific interest in programming for performance.