After a well earned break last years NCL Premier Division Grand Finalists are less than 2 weeks away from the start of preseason training for their 2017 campaign. The club has seen a number of new additions to its backroom staff over the course of the last 6 weeks, one of whom is Alex Davidson who has taken up the role as the clubs Strength and Conditioning coach for 2017.
Alex will be working closely with lecturer Ian Bentley from UCLan to ensure the sessions and their delivery are at the forefront of elite strength and conditioning best practice. As part of the clubs recent partnership with UCLan, Ian joins Leigh Miners Rangers as a Strength and Conditioning consultant and is an accredited member of the UKSCA as well as being part of the strength and conditioning team at Super League champions Wigan Warriors. Ian has previously worked with Wigan Athletic FC and Paralympics GB in both strength and conditioning/sports science positions and is currently undertaking a PhD research project investigating the loading strategies of resisted sled training.
Working closely with the newly formed coaching group, Alex will deliver all aspects of the S&C requirement for the club which will include the implementation of a measurable testing strategy along with a set of tailored programmes that will meet the collective and individual needs of the group. To further support the players Alex’s has committed to being present on all training and match days, something which we feel will be very beneficial from a performance perspective as it will allow him to evaluate the outcomes of the programme he implements first hand and if he feels it is appropriate to adapt it where necessary he can do so to drive continuous improvement. As a current playing professional who made his Super League debut at 19 years of age with the Salford Red Devils Alex is well placed to understand the physical demands of Elite rugby league, coupled with his academic qualifications and ongoing studies to further his career as a strength and conditioning practitioner, Alex’s knowledge, practical experience and enthusiasm to deliver excellence will be a valuable asset to the club in the coming months.
The level of preparation that has already taken place and the wealth of expertise that supports it sets a high standard for the players to attain come the first training session on January 3rd in 2017. In addition to this Leigh Miners Rangers are also set to announce two further appointments to their support staff in the very near future, these appointments will once again underpin the clubs commitment to ensuring we provide the highest level support both on and off the pitch to our players.