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Spencer is the Founder, Co-Director and Head of Strength & Conditioning at Peak Performance in Rugby, Warwickshire. As a former Royal Marine, professional rugby player and England International, Spencer knows his way around many musculoskeletal injuries and treatment protocols. He was a member of the England Elite squad for three years, won two full England caps, 12 ‘A’ caps and represented England in the World Sevens Series in Paris.

Spencer completed his Strength & Conditioning internship at Northampton Saints RFC, after which he became the Strength & Conditioning coach for Bedford Blues RFC. In addition to Peak Performance he operates an injury rehabilitation clinic at Nuffield Hospital, Derby, and has worked extensively with some of the UKs most talented young athletes.

Spencer has an Advanced Diploma (Dist) in Sports Therapy, a First Class Honours Degree in Sport & Exercise Science from The University of Northampton, a Master’s Degree in Strength & Conditioning from The University of Edinburgh, and is in the final stages of his Ph.D in Injury Rehabilitation at Warwick Medical School, The University of Warwick.

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Rebecca is a Co-Director and Head of Physiotherapy at Peak Performance. Rebecca is an expert in musculoskeletal assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and sports massage therapy. She is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

Rebecca has been working with athletes at all levels for the last five years, and strongly believes that the principles and practice of Strength & Conditioning have a huge role to play in recovery and injury management. She is currently working towards attaining her ASCC (Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach) accreditation with the United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA). Rebecca also specialises in body transformations and UKBFF Bikini Fitness/Body Fitness competition preparation.

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Outside work, Rebecca competes regularly in Bikini Fitness competitions and is a past winner of the UKBFF Stars of Tomorrow ‘Body Fitness’ category. She is mentored by former Miss Universe and Gladiator (Panther) Helen O’Reilly. Rebecca is a 2nd Dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is currently working towards her 3rd Dan.

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Paul Joyce

Paul is a strength & conditioning (S&C) coach at Peak Performance. Having played rugby since he was young, he has represented his home County, Derbyshire, and the local region many times at Junior and Senior levels.

He began developing an interest in S&C whilst studying for his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science & Rugby Coaching from the University of South Wales. After University he took on a role as assistant S&C coach at Sheffield Eagles RLFC where he helped the team win their first Co-operative Championship in 2012. Paul then moved into his next coaching role with the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS), where he took the lead coaching role of young talented athletes from a variety of sports (badminton, table tennis, golf, sailing, archery and cycling).

Paul has experience in all aspects of performance coaching and S&C covering the following: sport specific training, injury reduction and rehabilitation, weightlifting, speed and agility development. mobility, flexibility and general wellbeing coaching.

Kate Rowley

Kate is the youngest member of the Peak Performance Strength & Conditioning team. She is a Sport & Exercise Science Student at Loughborough University. Growing up, Kate got involved in any sport she could try and soon developed a strong passion for all sports which she hopes to transfer into her career after university. In recent years, Kate has volunteered and assisted coaching young children get involved and become passionate about sport in a variety of events. Eventually she focussed on playing hockey as her main sport, becoming a certified umpire and representing her home county, Warwickshire, and local region as a player for many years. She now plays hockey for Loughborough University.

Since joining the Peak Performance team she has broadened her repertoire, with emphasis on preventing possible injury occurrences as well as improving physical performance. As a keen hockey player, Kate is in the early stages of learning the principles and practice of Strength & Conditioning for sports performance and injury reduction.

More of Kate’s bio will follow shortly.