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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, Level 1 Volleyball 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 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 Commonwealth 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 both Strength and Conditioning and Weight Lifting.
Carly James: Business Assistant (Part time).
I feel that training with South West Talent and James Marshall has been the best thing I've done for my basketball career so far. It has greatly improved my overall athleticism which has been a real benefit to me when on court. More importantly, however, the training has enabled me to continue playing whilst suffering from a back injury which has caused me real problems over a number of years. It has made huge improvements more recently and I am confident that I will be in good shape to play this coming season.