Performance

Charlotte Hale

High Performance Manager (Sport) - Scholarships, Lifestyle and Support Services

Charlotte oversees the management of the Sport Scholarship and High Performance Programmes at the University. Charlotte works closely with our key partners, service providers and the Directors and Coaches of the university's focus sports to develop and deliver the High Performance Programme. Charlotte has specific responsibility for the high performance aspects of Hockey, Netball, Sailing, Cricket and Lacrosse. She is also the strategic lead for the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) at the University.

Charlotte graduated from the University of Exeter in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, before obtaining an MSc in Sport Psychology in 2004. Charlotte spent several years working in applied mental health and research roles alongside playing and coaching netball at a representative level.

Charlotte leads on the recruitment, academic liaison, scholarship and lifestyle aspects of our programmes. She holds a particular interest in the wellbeing and lifestyle management of elite sportsmen and women, and in particular the dual-career demands and employability of the student-athlete. She holds a Level 3 qualification in Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support (TALS) and is a registered practitioner on the Register of Personal Development Practitioners in Sport (RPDPS).

An Ex-Welsh international netballer, Charlotte coached Exeter Netball Club senior 1st team at regional level alongside the university high performance Netball squad between 2007 and 2015. Charlotte has also worked as an apprentice Coach for Team Bath’s NTL squad, English Universities Assistant Coach/Team Manager and was the head talent scout for England Netball within Devon until 2015. She now provides mentoring for aspiring student-coaches and in particular our university coaching scholars. 

Email: c.r.hale@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 722294

Nicky Savill

High Performance Co-ordinator

A former University of Exeter Sports Scholar with a 1st class degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Nicky joined the performance team in 2014. A keen netballer, she has captained the University 1st team, competed at regional level and is a qualified Level 2 coach. She currently coaches the University of Exeter Netball Club 2nd team who will compete in Western 1A next year.

As High Performance Coordinator Nicky leads in the organisation of support services for athletes on the University’s High Performance Programme and also coordinates the core services for TASS athletes as the TASS Athlete Coordinator. These services include physio triage, video analysis, sports science support and employability workshops. She also offers lifestyle mentoring to both Sports Scholars and TASS athletes.

Email: n.a.savill@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 722449

Matthew Shepherd

Sports Scholarship and Recruitment Officer

Having graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 in BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology & Coaching Sciences Matt joined the University of Exeter Performance Sport team in April 2019. Matt competed for the Bournemouth University in Trampoline Gymnastics winning a BUCS Individual Gold and Team Silver in 2017. He is now a UKCC Level 3 Trampoline Coach and qualified Trampoline Judge and coached Bournemouth University to three consecutive top 4 finishes in BUCS. Now at Exeter alongside his day job Matt will be coaching the University of Exeter Trampoline Club from September 2019.

As Sports Scholarship & Recruitment Officer at Exeter, Matt supports the Performance Programme by leading on initiatives to bring high level athletes into the performance sports and, if of international level, provide financial support as well as access to wider support services. Matt’s role extends to providing performance lifestyle mentoring to sport scholars and TASS athletes based at the university. Matt is a qualified TALS (Level 3) Lifestyle Advisor, with a keen interest in the demands of a dual-career athlete in higher education.

Email: M.K.Shepherd@exeter.ac.uk 
Phone: 01392 723759

Alan Pope

Performance Coach (Strength & Conditioning)

Known to colleagues and clients as “Beef”, Alan has worked for the University for almost 25 years, and became a Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2005. Alan has been working for the University of Exeter for over 20 years, joining the High Performance Unit in 2005. His expert knowledge has led him to sit on the National Advisory Group for Strength and Conditioning and deliver services on behalf of the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). A UKSCA accredited Strength and conditioning coach, Alan has worked with such athletes as Tom Daley (World Diving Champion and Olympic Bronze medallist) and Nick Thompson (GB Sailing Gold Medallist).

"My role involves movement assessments, injury rehabilitation and sports psychology, as well as advising athletes on lifestyle, diet, nutrition and coaching. I get to work with athletes competing in a wide variety of sports - from Hockey to Rugby, Triathlon to Netball and Tennis to Wheelchair Rugby. It is a constantly evolving role which is both challenging and hugely enjoyable. As for the best part of the job, it's great to see a young 18 year old fresher transform into an athletic 21 year old that has succeeded with both their academic degree and their sport at Exeter. I don't know of many similar programmes in the UK that offer such a complete package for such a high number of athletes. This year we are delivering to over 300 athletes across more than a dozen sports that compete in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) competitions. The vision for the programme is to develop our athletes and teams into BUCS contenders, whilst offering student athletes an experience as close to professional sport as possible, and through this further enhance their overall student experience."

Email: a.pope@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 722387

Wayne Pattinson

Performance Coach (Strength & Conditioning)

Wayne joined the University of Exeter in 2013, after spending a year at the Strength and Conditioning department at Durham University. He has previously worked with Crystal Palace FC, Hartlepool United FC and Castleford Tigers RLFC, providing Strength and Conditioning support for first team and academy players. As an acreditted Strength & Condition Coach (ASCC) with the UKSCA, Wayne currenlty leads the Strength & Conditioning programme for England U20s Women's Rugby. He is also a certified personal trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist. Wayne is responsioble for devising programmes for a variety of the University’s High Performance Squads and ensuiring all athletes are coached through their programmes.

"As a Strength & Conditioning coach I design and implement programmes for various sports within the high performance programme at the University. These are designed to prevent injury and enable the athletes to become stronger, fitter, faster and more powerful so they can perform to the best of their abilities on game day. The best part of my job is interacting with the athletes and seeing them progress not only as athletes, but also as people.  The high performance programme at the University is one of the best in the country due to its strength in depth and multi-disciplinary approach. Athlete welfare is vital and the Strength & Conditioning team interacts weekly with Ocean Physio and various directors of sports to ensure that it is kept to a high standard. The environment is kept as fun and professional as possible, we have high expectations of the athletes, whilst also ensuring that we improve the students experience around their studies, which are paramount."

Email: w.pattinson@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 722387

Lee Kirk

Performance Coach (Strength & Conditioning)

Lee joined the University of Exeter having previously worked with Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club. He worked with the club's senior players while also running the highly successful Exeter Chiefs Ivybridge Academy. Prior to working within Strength and Conditioning, Lee worked with numerous sports as a personal trainer and fitness consultant for over 8 years. Lee has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Gloucestershire in Strength and Conditioning, where he studied under Dr Rhodri Lloyd. He is also an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) with the UKSCA, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA.

"Our primary role as Strength and Conditioning Coaches is to reduce injury prevalence, and improve physical performance. This involves improving numerous qualities from strength and power, to movement quality and efficiency. We also have to make sure our athletes are of the required level of fitness to compete. The high performance programme here at Exeter will rival that of many professional clubs. We may be an educational establishment, but we expect nothing short of excellence. We treat our athletes as professionals and they are expected to act that way. In return they get four coaches with a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as a facility well equipped to achieve everything required of them. The ADC is a fantastic facility and is always progressing, and moving forward. The facilities we have are already of a high standard and they will only get better. As coaches, having this facility allows us to give an extremely high level of service within the High Performance programme."

Email: L.Kirk@exeter.ac.uk

PJ Dundass

PJ (Patrick John) has worked in a number of high performance environments around the world. This includes assisting athletes in the USA in the NFL, NHL, NBA and NCAA in Phoenix, Arizona to Columbus, Ohio assisting with the physical preparation of weightlifters, MMA athletes in the UFC and university athletes at The Ohio State University.

PJ initially joined Exeter as an MSc Sport and Health Sciences Student. As a student PJ completed a Strength and Conditioning (S&C) work placement with the Performance team before gaining a GBP position upon graduation. Passionate about S&C, PJ enjoys the opportunity it provides to physically develop individual athletes as well as the chance to work with squads. Currently he is leading on the netball and men's hockey programmes and also delivers to Team Bath Netball hub and Academy and is the S&C coach for Western Storm (Women's Cricket Super League).

Email: P.Dundass@exeter.ac.uk