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History of Educational Gymnastics in British schools
February 13, 2018
Educational Gymnastics in Britain A popular conception of gymnastics today is of young girls in sparkly leotards with hair kept up in tightly bound buns.  This is a relatively new concept, with gymnastics originally being an all-male outdoor pursuit. Gymnastics has originated from several different sources, but all had the underlying principle of healthy movement. […]
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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, Level 1 Volleyball Coach.

Sarah Marshall BSc(Hons) MCSP HCPC

physiotherapist mid devonI 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 21 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 have also provided a Physiotherapy Consultancy role to Willand Rovers FC.

When not being a Physiotherapist I am a mother of 2 children.I am a recreational runner and have recently started Weight lifting. I have a  Leadership in Running Fitness award with United Kingdom Athletics (UKA). I  also have a Level 1  coaching qualification in Strength and Conditioning and Weight Lifting.

Carly James: Business Assistant (Part time).

I studied for a BA (Hons) in Geography and IT and a PGCE in Secondary Geography at Exeter University. I am a Communications Officer and have worked with Excelsior for the last few years to assist and complete course bookings and administration. I enjoy travelling and have two young children to keep me busy.

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.

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University of Exeter
James has been our lead strength and conditioning coach for the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) at the University of Exeter since the scheme's inception. His attitude, professionalism and above all his drive and desire to help each sportsman and woman develop and reach their potential is exactly what we require. James shows a real interest in each of his athletes and helps them to aspire to be as good as they can and ensures that no goals are unattainable.
 
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Upcoming Courses

Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Course – Somerset **MARCH 2018** 3 PLACES LEFT
17 Mar 2018

Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Course – Somerset

Venue: Princess Royal Sports Complex, Wellington, Somerset. TA21 8NT

Assessment Day: Sunday 15 April 2018

Cost: £280 including materials and access to online resources. To book send a deposit of £100 here.

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