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Meet The Team

Tom Hooper

Managing Director/ Coach

Tom started his coaching career from a young age, coaching tennis in the local area from the age of 13 he elevated his coaching expertise a few years focusing primarily on sports-specific training with a core emphasis on Strength Speed and Athletic Development for Rugby, Tennis and Athletics 200m,400m.

 

Having played competitive Rugby since a young age, Tom has been taught both locally (Hove Rugby Since 7 Years old) and internationally (Gordon Rugby in 2015) by some of the top coaches in the sport and now equipped with knowledge educates his athletes in the area he very passionate about.

 

Since returning from Australia in 2017 Tom has continued to work with a diverse range of athletes across Rugby, Athletics, Endurance sports and Extreme sports at the highest level.

 

​Outside of work Tom embraces the outdoors, reading, music, podcasts, films and also likes to experience foods from around the world to enhance his culinary expertise.

Rob Nitman

 

Performance Coach

Bio: 

 

Rob started his Strength & Conditioning career in Professional Rugby Union working with Harlequins Rugby during the 2014/15 season. This was followed by a season in New Zealand with Northland Rugby in the ITM Cup and two seasons with Esher RFC in National One.


Since leaving the rugby pathway Rob has acted as Head of S&C at Eastbourne College and his current position at the University of Brighton.

Alongside all of this Rob started, managed, and acted as Head Coach for his own business Nitman Performance where he works with athletes one-to-one developing physical performance and offering online coaching to athletes around the world. 

Outside of work Rob enjoys pursuing his passions; training for his own athletic performance, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Matt Dickens

Performance Coach

Bio:

Matt has worked in professional sports for over 10 years.

 

He started his career in Premiership rugby for 4 years before working with Olympic and Commonwealth champion divers, as well as Team GB & Red Bull's top snow sport athletes.

 

He then moved to Andorra to lead the S&C for their National Ski Federation for 3 years. Nowadays Matt works with motorsport athletes in MotoGP and a World Champion Formula 1 driver, as well as several extreme sports athletes and MMA fighters.

 

Matt is an accredited coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, has an MSc in Strength & Conditioning from St Mary's University and takes a holistic approach to human performance.

 

Matt believes in making the most of life and practices what he preaches.

 

He loves to train in all areas of athleticism, from weightlifting to cycling. He's played rugby at a national level, trained & fought MMA for most of his life, recently completed his first triathlon and generally enjoys all forms of physical activity. To complement this he also believes in meditating regularly and eating a lot of great food.

Hannah Jackson

Performance Coach

Bio:

Hannah began her coaching career at 16, working her way up for the past 6 years and becoming the academy head coach at Lewes athletics club with a particular interest in the endurance group.

 

This naturally lead to a degree in sport science and furthermore a Masters degree in Applied Sport Physiology where she worked closely with elite ultra-marathon runners and aided studies on heat acclimation and cycling/running economy.

She has since applied her knowledge and scientific background to her own business and is able to take a hands-on approach with athletes and injury prevention utilising her Sports Massage Therapy qualification.

Outside of work, Hannah has enjoyed athletics and middle distance running since she was 9 years old, alongside this cycling, swimming, strength training and exploring different cultures.

Sean Street 

Performance Nutritionist

Bio:


Sean started his Performance Nutrition career working with Harlequins FC in the 2014/2015 season. This was followed by working with the Cornish Pirates in the Championship for a season.


Whilst studying for his MSc, Sean also worked for London Scottish FC and British Canoeing (sprint). 
Sean then went on to work alongside Rob Nitman as the Nutritionist and works as a consultant nutritionist for private clients, athletes, and various professional teams. 


He has done CPD with teams such as Team Wiggins (cycling) and NSW Waratahs (super rugby). 

Outside of work, Sean plays rugby in both 15’s and 7’s disciplines; training to improve his performance on the pitch.

Coaching experience: London Scottish FCBritish CanoeingCambridge United FC (Consultancy) Cornish Pirates RUFC

Sophie Fuller

Performance Coach

Bio:

 

Sophie is a Tunbridge Wells based strength and conditioning coach, massage therapist and competitive powerlifter.

 

Sophie started her journey in fitness after a nasty shoulder injury sustained whilst working as a horse trainer, her passion for strength and functional rehabilitation sparked. 

 

Since leaving her career with horses and competitive years of eventing and dressage in 2016, she has developed her sporting knowledge and gained qualifications including a National Accreditation in Strength and Conditioning, Sports and Rehabilitation Massage Therapist and TMJ Massage Therapies.

 

Sophie competes regularly in powerlifting, winning both British and European championship gold medals in 2019 as a junior.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys pursuing her training goals in powerlifting and weightlifting, reading, music, art and cooking for friends and family. 

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