Strength and Conditioning (S&C) is the physical and physiological preparation of athletes for sport performance. The role of the S&C coach is to bridge the gap between the theory and application of training, helping athletes to perform better and cope better with the stresses of their sport.

Aims

Our athlete development programme aims to offset the rigours of a busy games schedule by giving our junior athletes physical capacities that are not inherently developed by playing the sport itself. This serves not only to improve sports performance but crucially to prevent overuse injuries that are rife amongst sporting adolescents. It is our aim to provide a performance support service which educates our aspiring young athletes around key topics including nutrition, body management, recovery, mental skills and habit formation. 

Facilities

Our strength and conditioning provision is divided between two facilities:

Woodlands Fitness Centre  – Our eco-friendly, purpose-built facility provides a light and airy space which serves both sports club members as well as being an area for both strength and conditioning and rehabilitation. It is fully equipped with cardiovascular equipment (treadmills, bikes and cross-trainers), physiotherapy room, a range of selectorised, disc loaded and pulley resistance machines, as well as an array of specialist free-weight equipment including free weight benches, performance racks, and lifting platforms together with Olympic discs.

Performance Suite – An athletic development facility for lower school pupils on the elite sports programme.

Rehabilitation

The Cranleigh School Sports Science and Medicine Team includes a highly experienced Sports Doctor, two physiotherapists, and two S&C coaches. An important overlap of discipline exists with the physiotherapist in the combined delivery of rehabilitation to allow the athlete to return to competitive sport without re-entering injury.

Working as a multi-disciplinary team means that we carry the knowledge of a multitude of individuals who hold expertise in different areas of Sports Science and Medicine. This gives us an excellent understanding of adolescent sports injuries, how to best manage these conditions, and how to accelerate our rate of rehabilitation.

A further benefit of S&C input within the rehabilitation process is the opportunity to develop other physical capacities while the student may be off-games. Young athletes at Cranleigh not only benefit from this integrated service after injury, but also attend weekly S&C sessions where specific injury risk reduction strategies are implemented into general athletic development sessions.

Strength and Conditioning Team

SIMON BREARLEY ASCC MSc BSc (HONS)

Mr Simon Brearley is the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cranleigh School. Mr Brearley has been delivering S&C coaching since 2009, and his multi-sport experience spans from working with Olympic (+Paralympic) athletes, as well as within professional sport. Mr Brearley is accredited as an S&C Coach by the UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA).

Away from Cranleigh Mr Brearley is a consultant S&C Coach and Advisory Board Member to the PGA European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI), official providers of Sports Medicine, Physiotherapy and Performance services for professional golfers on tour. In addition to this, he also consults to England Golf Union, assuming responsibility for the physical development of U18 players in the South region. 

His special interests are around strength and conditioning for running based sports, plyometric training, youth athlete development, strength and conditioning for golf, and sports rehabilitation/reconditioning. He is currently developing expertise within these areas through both formal and informal research. His listed publications are available via ResearchGate.

internship programme

My Brearley runs an annual internship programme for aspiring coaches to develop their coaching, testing and programming skills for both performance and rehab S&C. During the year the interns follow a fast track practitioner CPD programme to run alongside their higher education studies to increase post-graduation employability. Click here to read the reflections of previous interns and how the programme shaped their career in S&C.