Meet the Team

MatchFit Youth Strength and Conditioning only use qualified strength and conditioning professionals with an understanding of the pedagogical and physiological processes related to youth and adolescent physical development. Staff utilise a constraints approach to skill development, creating a fun and effective learning environment. Differentiation techniques enable all young athletes to learn and develop at a rate that is most effective for their individual needs.

Mark Williams

MatchFit Youth Strength & Conditioning Director

Mark Williams has worked as a strength and conditioning coach for 10 years. He has a Masters degree in Strength and Conditioning and is an Accredited coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. Mark is the current head of strength and conditioning for Great Britain Basketball Senior Men and Women. He is also head of strength and conditioning for the 1st team squad at Southend United Football Club. In these roles, Mark oversees all of the physical conditioning and sports science related aspects.

Mark also heads up the strength and conditioning programme for the Storm Sports programmes at Seevic College where he delivers to strength and conditioning support to young athletes across a range of sports including rugby, football, basketball, kayaking, and netball. This is a position he has held for over 10 years having played a major role in the development of the sports programmes provision at the college. Mark has a strong passion for developing young athletes and providing them with the physical skills, athleticism, and a growth mind-set required to progress within their sport. As a coach, he is able to build good rapport with all of the athletes he works with, and create an exciting and effective learning environment in which they can thrive.

Luke Hart

Athletic Development Coach

Luke is currently Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach at Ipswich Town working alongside all ages from 1st team players through to under 9 players. Accredited with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, Luke has worked within the strength and conditioning industry for 7 years and is currently in his final year of his Master’s degree in strength and conditioning. Additionally, Luke works with aspiring Olympic divers in the East of England aiming toward representing Great Britain in Tokyo 2020.

Luke has previous worked in a wide range of different roles including lead strength and conditioning coach at Southend United F.C for 4 seasons, Southend Rugby and University of Essex. Luke’s diverse sporting and coaching background, combined with a thorough understanding of biomechanics, coaching and youth physiology, allows him to create a hardworking, creative and dynamic coaching environment that ensures athletic development and excellence.

Jamie Douglas
BSc (hons)

Athletic Development Coach

Jamie is currently the lead strength and conditioning coach at Southend United Football Club, a role that includes delivering bespoke strength and conditioning training, rehabilitation, and nutrition strategies to players in the first team squad. Previous to this, Jamie worked as strength & conditioning coach to the under 18s squat at Fulham Football Club, a position he secured following an internship with the first team. Jamie has an undergraduate degree in strength & conditioning science and he is currently completing a Masters degree in Sports & Exercise Nutrition. His academic and personal sporting background allow him to quickly build effective rapports with athletes, whilst having the knowledge to prescribe training programmes and create an effective yet enjoyable environment to work in.