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Meet the Excelsior Team.
James Marshall: Owner
After working in the Health and Fitness Industry for several years, I set up Excelsior in 2002. I was studying for my MSc in Sports Coaching at Brunel University at that time and realised that I wanted to work with the Athletes directly; coaching being my passion.
I have worked with senior professional golfers, modern pentathletes and rugby union and league teams. This includes; Great Britain Rugby League Under 18s, Under 16s, England Rugby Under 18s, Under 16s, London Welsh RFC, London Broncos RL, Exeter Chiefs RFC.
5 athletes from different sports I coached competed in London 2012, 4 in Rio in 2016. Many others have gained their International Caps whilst training with me or after.
I specialise in the development of youth athletes from 13-22 years old. I coach at our own club with gymnasts from 5-13, weightlifters from 13-51 and track and field athletes from 10-22.
I am also interested in Coach development for all sports coaches, running the S&C level 1-3 courses, tutoring British WeightLifting courses and CPD events for teachers and coaches, as well as organisations such as as GAIN, Scottish Athletics and DAASM.
I competed in Shotokan Karate for 11 years, including 3 years on the senior England squad, retiring from competition after the 2004 World Championships in Tokyo. I subsequently trained in MMA and Boxing, did tennis for a bit but am currently trying to stay ahead of my children in their gymnastics development. Reading and writing are two of my main hobbies.
Qualifications include: UKSCA Accredited, NSCA CSCS*S, ACSM HFI, British Gymnastics Level 2 with FreeG, British Weightlifting Level 2, British Athletics: Athletics Coach.
Sarah Marshall BSc(Hons) MCSP HCPC
I graduated from The University of Nottingham in 1996 with a Bsc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. I am now a highly skilled and experienced Physiotherapist with over 18 years of working in the NHS, private and sporting sectors.I currently provide the Physiotherapy Services for Excelsior.
I have extensive and general musculo-skeletal experience within the NHS treating the local public and recreational athletes. My previous role involved working as a Clinical Specialist, diagnosing and managing knee injuries/pathologies specifically within South Devon Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust.
I also have specific and comprehensive experience working with elite athletes. I particularly enjoyed my time working with London Welsh RFC and Exeter Chiefs RFC. I also have worked for England Hockey and England Karate. A highlight of my career was providing Physiotherapy services to the athletes at the 2002 Commomwealth Games in Manchester. More recently I have worked with athletes who compete in Modern Pentathlon and Cycling. I also provide a Physiotherapy Consultancy role to Willand Rovers FC.
When not being a Physiotherapist I am a mother of 2 children.I started running 2 years ago and have recently completed my Leadership in Running Fitness award with United Kingdom Athletics (UKA). I am also a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach.I now lead a beginners/improvers running group in Willand which is part of the Excelsior Athletic Development Club.
Carly James: Business Assistant (Part time).
Matt Durber: Coach
In 2009 I graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science. During my time in Bath I also gained professional experience working as a performance analyst with the England Rugby Union squad.
Since leaving University I have been working in the fitness industry as a Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer, and have also worked with local Rugby and Gymnastics clubs coaching strength and conditioning. I enjoy playing Rugby in my free time and have represented Gloucester in the Premier ‘A’ Division. I am a level 2 Handball Coach.
Duncan Buckmaster: Coach
Having spent 5 years as a quantity surveyor in
London I chose to make a career change, starting a journey to become an athletic development coach. I spent a year working in a community gym with people wanting a variety of goals before I undertook my internship at Millfield School with James. For the last year I have worked with 13-18 year olds from a variety of sports including rugby, cricket, hockey, tennis, squash and golf.
I have just started working with Olton & West Warwickshire Hockey club where alongside their lead coach and physio I will be improving their strength and fitness. In September I will be working with Oxfordshire tennis academy, where I will be introducing an athletic development programme to ages 10 plus.
James' knowledge of strength and conditioning has been a valuable resource that I have used to enhance the training programmes at 4 professional Rugby League clubs; Harlequins, St Helens, Whitehaven and Workington. He has had a positive impact on the performance of the athletes and added to the professional development of coaching staff
19 Aug 2017
Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Course – Kensington, London. 19-20 August 2017. Venue: Westway Sport & Fitness Centre, 1 Crowthorne Rd, London W10 6RP Asessment Day – Sunday 1 October 2017. Cost: £280 including materials and access to online resources. To book send a deposit of £100 here. The deposit is non refundable. Once the full balance has been paid and […]