Professional Rugby Player and Strength & Conditioning Coach
Andy Titterrell is currently a professional rugby player for Leeds Carnegie and has been involved at the top of the sport for the past 10 years. During this time Andy set up Andy Titterrell – Strength & Conditioning Ltd during a break in rugby in June 2009 before returning to play for Leeds Carnegie in November of the same year.
Playing at various County, Divisional and International Levels during his time in Youth Rugby, Andy signed his first professional contract at the age of 19 for Sale Sharks.
Breaking into the first team in his debut season, Andy went on to enjoy much success with the Sharks and establish himself as one of the most dynamic hookers / back row within the game. His ability to push himself in training and during games made him stand out as one of the fittest players within the circles of rugby.
Andy went on to be selected by Sir Clive Woodward to be involved in the build up to the 2003 World Cup. Having spent the summer being in the squad of 50 and training with some of the worlds best players and coaches this was a turning point in Andy’s ability to take his strength and conditioning to the next level.
Andy continued to work hard on his overall fitness and was rewarded by gaining his first full England Cap in the Tour of 2004 to New Zealand where he made his debut against the All Blacks at Eden Park. The following year Andy was again selected by Sir Clive Woodward to be part of the 2005 British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand. An achievement that only Elite players get to experience.
Andy continued his success with Sale Sharks in 2006 by playing in over 40 Premiership and European games and helping them defeat Leicester Tigers in the Premiership Final at Twickenham 45-26 to be crowned Champions of England.
At this point in Andy’s career, he began to develop his own training and fitness programs to help him increase his potential as a player and a coach. Throughout Andy’s involvement in rugby he has had the pleasure of working with some of the top conditioners in the world. Craig White, Calvin Morris, Mike Anthony, Mark Bitcom, Nick Johnson and Scott Pearson to name a few. Their approach to Strength & Conditioning has given Andy the ability to create his own style of training and help others release their true potential.
Andy’s background in Strength & Conditioning is mainly in rugby union, however he has had the pleasure of coaching athletes away from the sport and developing his knowledge in athletics and football. Andy has qualified through the ASCA (Australian Strength & Conditioning Association) and also as a personal trainer, but the attention to detail and unorthodox training methods has guided him into the path of Sports Conditioning. Andy designs programs that are specific to the individual so that they can reach their goals in the best way possible reducing the risk of injury and increasing their overall performance.
In addition, he works closely with Physiotherapists and rehab specialists to try and help bridge the gap between the end of rehab and beginning of sports specific training.
As a Strength & Conditioner, Andy has coached the Spanish Rugby Football Union First XV (2009) and individuals such as current International and Premiership Players, Alistair Dickinson, Gareth Delve, Oriol Ripol, and Alfie To’oala. Structures sessions along with warm up and cool down protocols and periodised programs were implemented. Speed and plyometrics were also conducted to suit individual needs.
Andy is always looking to improve his knowledge and move forward with his development as a coach. Andy has attended UKSCA workshops and also completed the UKSCA Level 1.
Scott Pearson Strength & Conditioning Coach
After graduating from the Crewe & Alsager campus of Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000 Scott began working as a fitness instructor at the Total Fitness gym in Wilmslow. However, soon afterthis Scott decided to take matters into his own hands and set up a successful personal training business, which saw him coach a wide variety of clients from sedentary people looking to lose weight and improve their health to clients wanting to complete personal challenges (such as the London Marathon).
Scott has been involved in professional sport for over seven years and has worked with athletes, players and coaches of all levels; delivering an extensive range of fitness, strength, speed, weight management and nutrition programmes; with the aim of minimising injuries, whilst still enhancing athletic ability and performance. His most recent role was as Head Strength, Speed and Conditioning Coach at Doncaster Knights (where he implemented a structured, disciplined, thorough and innovative approach to individual and group-specific gym/field based conditioning; as well as position and injury specific rehabilitation programmes for injured players); but prior to this he accumulated over six years experience in the Guinness Premiership with Sale Sharks, where he worked from 2003 to 2009. As a member of the Sale Sharks coaching team that achieved Guinness Premiership and European Challenge Cup success, Scott was able to coach some of the best rugby players in the world, such as Jason Robinson, Andrew Sheridan, Mark Cueto, Sebastien Chabal and of course Andy Titterrell.
The field of sports science is forever developing and Scott is therefore keen to learn techniques and best practice from all sports (not just Rugby Union); and over the years, has worked with athletes in many different disciplines and backgrounds, such as; football, basketball, rowing, squash, synchronised swimming, fencing and trampolining. As an individual, he is as committed to his own personal development, as to those he works with; It is extremely important for any strength and conditioning specialist to be up to date, forward thinking and flexible to change and Scott makes sure that he embodies these qualities and reflects them in his practice.
Within the ever-changing field of sports science, Matthew is well positioned in his other post as a sessional lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University to keep well abreast of best practice. Matthew’s specialises in pre-season and in season fitness programmes though also has a keen interest in Olympic weight lifting since graduating.