New Head of Strength and Conditioning appointed at Rydal Penrhos
15th July 2016

Rydal Penrhos has appointed a new Head of Strength and Conditioning ahead of the next academic year.

Nick Hodgson, aged 25, will begin his role in September and replaces the outgoing Ben Nicholson, who has decided to pursue his Masters Degree.

The new appointment arrives from Millfield School in Somerset and brings with him a wealth of experience that is sure to aid pupils at the school considerably.

Mr Hodgson attended Portsmouth Grammar School until 2009, and following that he gained his undergraduate degree in Sport and Physical education at Cardiff Metropolitan University. 

He then proceeded straight onto a Masters degree at the same institute, specialising in strength and conditioning, and graduated this summer. 

During his university education Mr Hodgson worked as a full intern for Sport Wales for three years, before gaining an athletic development position at Millfield.

The new appointment, said: “Rydal Penrhos provides a unique opportunity in the ability to work with a large age range from prep school upwards, which throws unique challenges up that you would not be able to get anywhere else. 

“In my time at the school I am hoping to continue to develop the department to a point where there are clear objectives that are easily measurable, this will allow the work that is to be done to be very informed and therefore reliable.”

Mr Hodgson also brings with him an impressive sporting pedigree, having played county cricket for Hampshire from U11 to U17, while also turning out for Cardiff Met’s first and second sides during his university life.

Director of Sport Allen Boyd, added: “Nick is exceptionally well qualified and is an excellent appointment in the next phase of our Athletic Development programme. 

“It has shown huge benefits this past year with pupils of all abilities taking great strides in their movement efficiency as well as getting stronger and fitter and the level of engagement from pupils has been outstanding. 

“Our aim here at Rydal Penrhos is to improve our pupils as athletes, and having Nick on board will aid our cause considerably.”


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