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Tony Sephton – Head of Performance

1198-0429Tony has over 15 years experience working in the fitness industry, with Nine of those years working in Strength Conditioning with talented and elite athletes. Tony currently works for the English Institute of Sport East Region as a Strength and Conditioning coach working with world class Squash, Rowing and Hockey players. Tony provides this service as part of his role as Head of Performance at Hertfordshire University.

Tony is involved with various sports including, Head of Strength Conditioning for the world futures programmes for Badminton England, Women Football Association working with England Senior, u23, u20 and u17’s and ladies teams. Tony is also the lead Strength & Conditioning Coach for the TASS East Region, delivering services to over 60 athletes from all sports.

Recently Tony has taken up the role of Lead Strength and Conditioning Consultant for England Golf Union, working with all the squads, as well as Hertfordshire Golf union U16’s and 18’s. Tony has been lucky to work with some world class golf coaches and Physiotherapists in the last four years helping him establish the link with various international junior, amateur and professional golfers.

Ed Baker (MSc, BA, ASCS, CSCS, CES)

1198-0424Ed is a Strength and Conditioning Coach with 5 years experience in the sports and fitness industries, having begun his career as a Personal Trainer with Virgin Active in 2006 before starting his own company two years later. During those early years he competed at National level in Muay Thai, a full contact martial art, having first trained in the style in Thailand and later in North London.

Following his MSc in Strength and Conditioning at Middlesex University, Ed lectured part time in the Sport and Exercise Science department to both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including writing a number of sports nutrition workshops for club coaches. At Middlesex, established and coached the University Weightlifting team. Switching his main sport to weightlifting, Ed continues to compete, placing 4th overall in the 2011 BUCS championships and collecting trophies at two other competitions in 2011.

Looking for a full time position within Strength and Conditioning, Ed came to Performance Hertfordshire in October 2011, where he leads on the Swimming, Netball and Arsenal Ladies Academy programmes, among others.

Ed’s interests outside of the industry include Western horse riding, camping, surfing and classic rock music. His iPod is seldom allowed in the gym.

Fiona Scott (MSc, BSc, ASCS, CSCS, CES)

1198-0421Fiona is a Strength and Conditioning Coach with 6 years experience within the sports and fitness industry.

Fiona has been involved with a number of sports all her life in a number of ways, through playing, coaching and umpiring. Whilst completing her BSc in Sport and Exercise science she played lacrosse for both Birmingham University and for Ireland, whilst also being the universities lacrosse squad fitness coach. She then went on to become a Master Personal Trainer and set up her own business helping clients and athletes achieve their goals in health, performance and wellbeing.

Whilst completing her MSc in Strength and Conditioning, in September 2009 Fiona began working at Performance Hertfordshire as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. Fiona’s work is primarily with Women’s FA and Arsenal Ladies and Reserve Teams, Batchwood High Performance Tennis Players, TASS and HTAP athletes, Hatfield Swim Club including regional and national swimmers, County golfers and university scholars, amongst others.  Her work with these athletes involves performing functional movement screens, regular fitness tests, and the design and delivery of specific periodised strength and conditioning programmes for theses elite level athletes.

Fiona’s other interests include playing lacrosse (pretty well) and squash (not so well!), travelling, watching Arsenal, skiing, music and films.

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