Rydal Penrhos School has announced its new Head of Athletic Development for the next academic year.
Joe Trickey, who held the position of Athletic Development intern at the school this year, has promoted by Director of Sport Allen Boyd to the position from September.
After gaining a BSc in Sport and Exercises Sciences from the University of Birmingham, Mr Trickey than successfully completed his MSc in Strength and Conditioning from Northumbria University Newcastle.
Prior to joining the Rydal Penrhos team, he worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Dame Allan’s School in Newcastle, and was S&C coach for Gregor MacLean, a Scottish pole-vaulter who competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Alongside his current role, Mr Trickey has also been working as strength and conditioning coach with the England Touch Association in preparation for the European Championships in July, and the World Cup in Malaysia next April.
He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working at Rydal Penrhos this year, thriving on the challenges of working within a school environment.
“The varying nature of the athletes in terms of ages, genders, abilities and sports is extremely interesting to me, and has constantly allowed me to try new things to improve myself as a coach and to improve the programmes and sessions that I can deliver.
“I am extremely excited to be taking on the role. When I was offered the opportunity to extend my stay, it was a no-brainer. The chance to take the department forward in my own image and make a real success of it was too good an opportunity to let pass.
“I have committed myself to the role and to the school for the next two years, and my intention is to take the department to the next level, to compete with the programmes offered by the best sporting schools in the country.
“Anything less will be considered a disappointment, and I know that with the backing that we have from Mr Boyd, this is not an unrealistic goal.”