“Shane Cahill is a retired professional rugby player and the Education Director for Athletic Performance Education Company. Shane was a professional athlete and spent the majority of his professional rugby career playing in the UK. The most recent club that he played for was London Welsh in the RFU Aviva Premiership.
Before embarking on life as a professional athlete he studied Sports and Fitness Leisure Management in Dublin, Ireland. Shane has gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience as both a professional athlete and as a strength & conditioning coach.
Shane has worked with various professional athletes and teams from the UK. He spent two years as the head of strength and conditioning at Rotherham Titans in the English Championship where he led the physical development preparation of the players and oversaw the return to play protocols.
Shane has also consulted for various strength and conditioning education companies throughout Europe in the areas of best practices in professional sports.
His role as Education Director at Athletic Performance Education Company is focused on directing all education and operational activities. His main focus is on the delivery of both strength and conditioning workshops and accredited programmes, while also working with numerous sports teams and their ongoing development in their educational strength and conditioning needs.
Shane currently oversees the performance structure at Blackrock College RFC which entailed developing, designing and implementing tailor-made strength and conditioning structures for the entire club as well as overseeing the Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) program was effectively implemented.”
“Dr Adam Grainger is a PhD graduate and accredited S&C coach, with extensive experience in elite applied sports science settings. Originally from Holywood, Co. Down, Adam left Ireland in 1999 to complete a year teaching in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, before completing his BSc (Hons) and Masters in Sports Science at Brunel University London. After graduation, Adam worked in English Premiership Rugby for twelve years (Saracens, London Wasps and Sale Sharks). Having won the English Premiership in 2008 with London Wasps, Adam moved to Sale Sharks as the Head of Performance where his main responsibilities included leading the physical preparation of the players and managing their training load. During his time working in rugby, Adam was a part-time lecturer at Kingston University, leading both the Performance Analysis in Sport and Coaching Science modules.
Upon returning to Ireland in November 2016, Adam began working at University College Dublin as Head S&C Coach and Lecturer. In this role, he provided coached elite athlete-scholars, many of whom are current Olympians and elite team sports athletes. Alongside this applied work within the University College Dublin High-Performance Gym, Adam also led undergraduate and postgraduate sport science modules.
In December 2017, Adam was appointed Performance Director for Hockey Ireland. This role involves the implementation of a high-performance plan that ensures the continued development of the Ireland senior teams (men’s and women’s) and prepares junior players to impact at the senior level (Olympics and World Cups). Liaising with Irish sport governing bodies regards both funding and player provision, while leading on all high-performance matters, Adam aims to maximise the undoubted potential of hockey in Ireland.
Alongside his current employment, Adam is a regular contributor at sport science conferences and in October 2016 was appointed Chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Performance Division.”
Lee Eldridge is an accredited strength and conditioning coach from the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA). He has over a decade of experience working with a number of elite individuals and team athletes.
Lee has both a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and MSc in Human Performance. Lee has also completed a postgraduate certificate in strength and conditioning. He has worked with a number of individual and team athletes, including a world-ranked tennis player and a top amateur golfer. While working in the UK, Lee has worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for London Welsh Rugby Club. In this role, he is a return-to-play specialist and the head of strength & conditioning. Adding to this role he has gained experience as a strength & conditioning coach at both Premiership Football Clubs (Fulham Football Club and Watford Football Club) and Rugby Union Club (London Wasps Rugby Club).
Lee is currently a performance coach at Hinsta Performance, as well as a tutor on APEC’s educational courses.
Lee has spent time at the IMG Performance Institute in Florida working with American football players, elite tennis players (Tennis, Naomi Cavaday) and golfers.
Mathew Banks started as a student at the University of the West of England, where in conjunction with his dissertation worked with Filton College’s Bristol Rugby Academy AASE side as a part-time intern. Upon graduating from UWE, Mathew was successful in acquiring a role at London Welsh Rugby Club as a full-time strength & conditioning coach for the 2013/14 season. During this season, London Welsh was promoted from the Greene King IPA Championship to the AVIA Premiership. After graduating university, Mathew then enrolled on a part-time MSc in strength & conditioning at St. Mary’s University in London.
After a successful year at London Welsh, Mathew was then appointed first-team strength & conditioning coach for the Premiership Campaign. During this time Mathew also took the opportunity to work with Challenge Tennis and Buckinghamshire County Tennis as a strength & conditioning coach working with ranked tennis players.
Currently, Mathew is the head strength & conditioning coach for Hartpury Rugby, where he is responsible for all the elite rugby athletes. Hartpury is recognised for its excellent rugby pedigree, with University, AASE and national league 1 teams all excelling. In conjunction with this role, Mathew works for Gloucester Rugby Club as a strength & conditioning coach.
Mathew has a keen interest in the development of strength and power in team sports athletes and using Olympic weightlifting and their derivatives in a team environment. Mathew currently delivers education content in the area of strength and power and delivers on the various workshop as a tutor for APEC.
Eamonn Hyland is an Athletic Performance Coach who has five seasons of elite level experience working in professional rugby in the UK
Upon completion of an MSc in Strength and Conditioning Eamonn moved to the UK to take up a role with Gloucester Rugby for three seasons, before moving to Worcester Warriors where he currently leads the Strength and Conditioning team.