Clive Brewer – It’s all about the players”: Training the individual within the team.

18th April 2015 at University of East London High Performance Centre. London.

The role of the strength and conditioning coach isn’t to get their athlete to achieve performances in certain training movements, but to enhance the individual’s athletic potential so as to improve their performances in their chosen sports.

Ever wondered how you prepare a squad of top level professional players to prepare week by week? How do all of their individual conditioning needs get matched to the team’s training and games schedule? In team sports, how do you manage to integrate the many different physical training needs with the sports-specific needs of the coaching programme? How does the player training status change throughout a week, or a season, and how as a coach do you know how they are responding to your training and whether they need to work or rest harder?

This day long workshop will answer these questions and more using case studies and examples from over 15 years of practice with high level sports performers. The day will incorporate interactive group discussions and slides with video, examples from actual programmes and a range of practical sessions that will enable participants to get an understanding of how to adapt exercises based upon individual athletes needs / abilities and / or specific objectives.

This is a unique opportunity to look at the applied science leads training programme prescription, and learn about the individual monitoring that is done on a daily basis, and to get a flavour of how this impacts upon training prescription as the coaching team get the players ready to perform week in and week out.

Specific topics include:

  • A targeted process for establishing a needs analysis and risk predictions for an individual’s ability to match the athletic performance demands of a sport.
  • Considerations for developing a periodised programme for a team sport, comparing the reality of programme planning and delivery with the theoretical basis of planning. Developing an understanding of how an individual athlete’s programme is incorporated into a team schedule.
  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Practical examples of how to best communicate with and utilise the experiences of coaches, physiotherapists and other support staff to maximal benefit for programme delivery
  • Practical examples for monitoring training prescription and athlete’s response to this, and evaluating the effectiveness of a training programme

Practical sessions will incorporate:

  • Competence based approaches to targeted exercise progressions
  • The development of specific exercises to target key mechanical demands within a sports specific context
  • A critical analysis of different exercise progressions – identification of the benefits, contra-indications and potential problems with commonly prescribed exercise variations
  • Identification of specific exercise progressions that target the specific management of acute and chronic injury concerns
Workshop Schedule

  • 09.30 – 10.00 : Registration and meet and greet
  • 10.00 – 12.30 : Morning Session (Lecture/Practical)
  • 12.30 – 13.30 : Lunch (lunch is not provided – cafe on site)
  • 13.30 – 16.00 : Afternoon Session (Lecture/Practical)


Clive Brewer is one of the most recognised consultant Strength and conditioning coaches and applied sports scientists working across all levels of sport.

 He left the position of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Widnes Vikings Rugby League club in October 2014, where he was responsible for all aspects of athletic preparation of the players at the club. In his 3 years at the club, Widnes went from being a new franchise and last in the league to a record breaking 2014 season, when they reached the Super League Play-offs, the challenge cup semi-finals, were awarded the rugby league club of the year award and had a player selected for the dream team for the first time ever. He is also the lead S&C coach for Liverpool Ladies FC (Super League champions in 2013 & 201414), and the Human Performance lead for Scotland rugby league working with them through the record breaking 2013 World Cup (quarter finals) and winning the 2014 European cup. Clive has previously held national lead roles such as the Head of Human Performance (sports science, medicine, athletic preparation & research) with the Rugby Football League, and the National Lead for Athlete Development programmes for sportscotland.

 A graduate from the masters programme at Loughborough University, he is a former Chairman of the Interdisciplinary section of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES), and a former Vice-Chair of the UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA). Clive is an accredited sports scientist with BASES, a chartered Scientist (UK science council) and accredited as a strength and conditioning coach with UKSCA, the British Olympic Association and the NSCA (USA). He is also the IAAF Strength and conditioning editor having formerly been the first strength and conditioning national coach with Scottish athletics.

Clive has a wide-ranging experience in working with National and International bodies at every level of the sporting pathway. He developed sportscotland’s national fundamental movement education programme for coaches of children in Scotland, worked with Governing bodies to create the national sports academy structure for Scotland (including a National strength & conditioning academy as a foundation to Scottish Institute support service structures), and developed delivery programmes in conjunction with 14 sports in the UK. He has worked with coaches and elite performers from a number of different sports, including a world number one in tennis, Olympians, Paralympic medallists and also professional and International sports teams in 17 years applied practice. These include rugby union, rugby league and soccer teams. Since 2000 Clive has been a Strength and conditioning facility manager at the Wimbledon tennis championships, and sits as part of the championship sports medicine committee.

 Clive has been at the forefront of the integration of technology into the management of players performances and training loads. He has worked with statsports GPS systems since 2009 to monitor all aspects of players on-field training, performance and injury management. He has integrated recovery systems such as cold water immersion cryo-spas and firefly technologies into his training schedules, and has recently worked with sports med global in the development of  an intelligent athlete management system that integrates all aspects of athlete data and enables predictive analysis of performance and injury risk trends to better inform training prescription and coaching practice.

Although very much a practitioner, Clive is also a national trainer of coach educators and has delivered many coach education experiences in strength & conditioning for a number of UK bodies, including the UKSCA, Ukathletics, Scottish Football Association, RFL & Sports Coach UK. An Internationally published author in academic and coaching journals, Clive has written 2 books on strength and conditioning methods (available from and is 2015 his new book on the development of athletic movement skills will be published (commissioned by Human Kinetics). A visiting lecturer at Rejyavik University, Iceland, Clive has given keynote presentations at conferences worldwide (including the International Science in Rugby conference, Pre-Olympic congress, USOC National coaches conference, the European Strength and conditioning conference, the NSCA National conference and the European Association of Athletics coaches conference).



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Getting to University of East London – SportsDock

University of East London
Docklands Campus
University Way
London E16 2RD

By Tube (DLR)

The closest station to SportsDock is Gallions Reach DLR.The Docklands Campus is directly opposite Cyprus DLR station. Trains to Beckton via Cyprus and Canning Town usually run at five to ten minute intervals.

By Bus

Bus routes near the Docklands Campus include 101, 173, 262, 300, 366, 376, 474 and N551. A map of these bus routes is also available from TfL


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