Several years ago, a few archers at the club started getting good and the university noticed that we used to win competitions, like a lot. In response to this, they arranged for small Lithuanian lady to destroy us once a week using nothing but our own bodies and some small weights. This was the inception of UWAC's Performance and Development program.
Since then Warwick Sport have been putting more money into their performance sports (of which archery is a member). This funds some strength and conditioning staff to train with the clubs. This page goes through some of the people you will work with as part of the performance squad.
Tom Hall- Archery Masterclass Coach
Tom started archery in his first year of university, since then he has devoted immeasurable time and effort to the sport and become one of the top archers in the country. He is a serving member of team GB and represents the country in competitions all over the world. Because of his very demanding schedule, this year he will focus exclusively on teaching masterclass archery classes.
Nick Mitchell- Primary Coach
Nick is a Archery GB County qualified coach. He has years of experience and technical knowledge. Nick spends his time as a coach working with novices and developing archers, while also giving one to one coaching to the performance archers.
Hannah Burnage -Team Captain
My role in the performance program is to coordinate between archery coaches, archers and S&C. I also organise away days for concentrated archery coaching, organise masterclass in equipment, technique and psychology, run meetings for the performance and development teams, and help select teams for competitions. If anyone is interested in getting involved with the performance side of the club then I am the person to talk to.
Jourdain Benstead-Banthorpe-S&C Coach
Jourdain gained his BSc in Sports Science and Coaching from the University of Bedfordshire, also gaining his MSc in Strength and Conditioning last year. During his MSc he was a Strength and Conditioning Coach within higher education for the University of Bedfordshire's sport scholars. Alongside this he was part of the elite player development programme that ran from Northampton Saints RUFC as a strength and conditioning coach to the Junior squad.