About Future Champions

Our Support

Successful applicants will be invited, along with their guardian and/or coach, to attend an induction evening at Teesside University. This level of support requires a high level of commitment from the sport scientists, athletes and their coaches. Support will initially be provided for 12 months and athletes and coaches will be asked to sign an agreement committing to the programme.

Athletes access a Physical Development programme led by Matthew Wright (Elite Development Officer at Teesside University). After a Physical Development assessment, resultant advice and a bespoke training programme is delivered by a team of postgraduate sport and exercise students. The programme lays credible foundations for future athletic development and helps to safeguard young athletes against future injury.

Alongside the main programme additional sports science workshops are available including Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Injury Prevention and Media Training.


Centre Administrator

Nigel Hornsby, Sport Development Officer at Tees Valley Sport is the administrator for the Future Champions programme and oversees the application process and funding through Pursuit of Excellence.  Nigel is a Teesside University graduate in Sports Science and is a performance hockey coach with over 18 years experience.

Nigel oversees all applications to the programme and the Pursuit of Excellence grants and liaises with all partners to ensure the programme maintains its high standards and develops to support all of the athletes needs.


Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Matthew Wright, Elite Development Officer at Teesside University is the Head Coach of the Tees Valley Future Champions Programme and oversees the development of the physical development programme as well as managing the Strength & Conditioning Coaches who deliver on the programme.

Matthew is a sports scientist and strength and conditioning coach accredited with the British Association of sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. He has over ten years Strength & Conditioning experience and 15 years training prescription experience. He works with elite athletes at Teesside University and is the lead sports scientist to the Teesside Sport FA centre of Excellence and Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Scottish Rugby Union’s Exiles programme.

To discuss any elements of the programme or to ask specific questions please contact Nigel Hornsby or telephone 01642 342287.


“The Future Champions has been a fantastic programme for Rachel and Eve. They have developed so much since joining. Not only physically but also socially. I can’t recommend the programme enough!” Rob Jackson, Parent

“Being an intern on this programme has been a great experience and I’ve learned so much more than I expected. Without this experience I don’t think I would be working at Paris St Germain football club now.” Matthew Brown, S&C Intern

“The support that we have received through strength and conditioning, physio and funding has been essential to the success Eve has had since joining the programme.” Sarah Ovington, Parent

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