High performance academy in Kettering helps athletes get in top shape

It's been opened by a rugby star and a gym owner

By Sam Wildman
Friday, 27th November 2020, 1:35 pm
Updated Friday, 27th November 2020, 1:38 pm
Kettering High Performance Academy.
Kettering High Performance Academy.

A high performance academy will be helping aspiring athletes get themselves in the best shape possible when it re-opens in Kettering.

Kettering High Performance Academy opened its doors before the second national coronavirus lockdown but, like gyms and sports clubs across the country, had to close as part of measures to stop the spread of the virus.

It was opened by rugby union star Will Chudley and gym owner Dwayne Paul and is based across two facilities in Kettering - Limitless Training Club in Waverley Road and Limitless 2.0 in Water Street.

Will has been a professional rugby player for the last 10 years and currently plays for Bath. He played for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham in 2016 and won the Premiership with Exeter Chiefs in 2017.

Dwayne served as a combat engineer and bomb disposal operator for 13 years in the British Armed Forces, and played multiple sports while he was serving.

The new academy offers two specialist training programmes - an elite athletes programme and a youth fitness programme.

The approach in the elite athletes programme focuses on all key areas of training such as strength and conditioning (S&C), speed, agility, and coordination, to significantly enhance an athlete's performance and capability in their chosen sports while reducing the risk of sporting injuries.

The youth fitness programme also focuses on strength and conditioning in more of an introductory way by encouraging youth athletes into the programme to start their training journey in a safe and supervised environment.

Dwayne Paul said: "When I opened the first facility here in Kettering, I noticed that looking around the county there wasn’t any youth focused S&C programmes available in this area for aspiring athletes.

"I had a few clients ask for my advice on their children’s sports related injuries and it quickly became important to me as a trainer to create awareness in young athletes on how playing at a high level in their chosen sport without a good S&C programme increased the risk of sports-related injuries.

"So after running many successful camps alongside Will, and providing 1-2-1 sessions to many youth athletes, we knew the best way forward was to create the academy."

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