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 650 are Accredited. The Association has the following aims:
- To establish and maintain high professional standards for UK Strength & Conditioning Practitioners;
- The promotion and dissemination of good practice, knowledge and research appropriate to strength & conditioning practitioners;
- To facilitate communication among UKSCA members;
- To represent the interests of the membership of the UKSCA.
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...
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.
Bridgitte Swales, MSc, ASCC
Vice Chair and Finance Director
Bridgitte has been a Board member since 2011 and is currently leading the development of on-line education and resources. She is a tutor on UKSCA workshops and also acts an assessor. Bridgitte was previously based at Roehampton University as a lecturer before moving full-time into Sports Performance. She has provided sport science and S&C support across a broad spectrum of sports including GB Fencing, GB age-group triathletes and duathletes (including both World and European champions) and was Lead S&C Coach for GB Sitting Volleyball at London Paralympics 2012. She has comprehensive experience in women's football including S&C roles at Chelsea Ladies FC, Brighton and Hove Albion FC (Women and Girls Academy) and is currently at Lewes Ladies FC. Bridgitte is a BWL Weightlifting coach, has inexhaustible enthusiasm for the sport and runs thriving clubs at University of Surrey and St Mary's University, Twickenham.
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.
Sam Bradley BA (Hons), ASCC, CSCS
Sam has 10 years full time experience as a Strength & Conditioning Coach in Olympic & professional sport. He has spent the last four years working for England Cricket as an S&C Coach, his role covering all England squads. Previous to that he has worked with Lancashire County Cricket, The English Institute of Sport since its inception (working in multi sport with Hockey, Triathlon, Badminton, Cricket, Wheelchair Basketball & Paralympic Powerlifting) and Loughborough University. Sam is a founder and accredited member of the UKSCA for whom he is also an assessor and tutor. He is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA. Sam is currently completing a Masters Degree in Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) from Edith Cowan University, Australia. His main interests are in the monitoring and preparation of Team Sports Athletes.
Nick Ward BA (Hons), M.Kin, ASCC
Nick is a professional of 20 years' standing who has experience implementing programmes for Olympic, professional, university, regional, community, disabled and youth athletes.