MEET OUR TEAM

The only facility in Shropshire with experts in all areas of health, fitness, sports performance, youth training, physiotherapy and sports rehab all under one roof. Our coaches and physiotherapists work at the highest level, with Olympic and Paralympic athletes helping them prepare for the two biggest sporting events in the world. We then take this knowledge and skillset and apply it to the general public in each of the services we provide. 

Head Performance Coach, Rehab Specialist and Owner
Ashley Downing BSc MSc ASCC
Email – ash@salopia.eu

Summary
Ash has a vast amount of experience from general clients of all ages to elite level athletes and organisations, including universities, youth academies, professional sports teams, Olympic and Paralympic programmes. He currently leads the physical preparation for world level athletes, specifically in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic and Olympic games. Ash has a masters degree in sport & exercise science and is the only UKSCA accredited strength & conditioning coach in Shrewsbury.

Current Roles
Ash is currently the lead performance coach for the Great Britain Archery Olympic and Paralympic squads, working for the English Institute of Sport which is the hub of sport science support for almost all Olympic and Paralympic sports in the UK. Ash also coaches a range of clients at Salopia Health & Performance, from youth & senior amateur and elite athletes, to general clients and people recovering from injuries and operations. 

Previous Roles
He previously was the Head of Strength & Conditioning at a professional rugby union team, and was a consultant and the lead performance coach for Scottish Rugby’s SQ programme, looking after their U16-U20 international youth players in England and France. Ash has also lead the physical performance programme for the GB Archery Youth programme and led several performance programmes at Sheffield Hallam University, England Basketball, Sheffield FC, and many more. Ash has worked in over 20 sports giving him a broad range of understanding the physical requirements of different sports and a wealth of coaching experience and results.

You can check Ash is accredited with the United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association here. You can also view his linkedin profile here.

Strength & Conditioning Coach and Personal Trainer
Dan Sanders BSc (MSc in Progress)
Email – info@salopia.eu

Summary
Dan is joining us with a wealth of experience and qualifications within the strength & conditioning field, and the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer. He has a degree in strength & conditioning and currently studying for a Masters Degree in Strength & Conditioning.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Current Roles
Dan is currently a paid intern at Shrewsbury Town FC working with their first team supporting strength & conditioning sessions and sport science programme. He is also the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC supporting their gym and field based physical preparation programmes. ⠀⠀

Previous Roles
Previously Dan has worked with Worcester Warriors RFC Development squads and supported the Great Britain Archery junior programmes. He has also been a personal trainer for many years.⠀⠀

Chartered Physiotherapist
Jonny Bucke BSc MSc MCSP MMACP
Email – physiotherapy@salopia.eu

Summary
Jonny is a Chartered Physiotherapist, who qualified from the University of Birmingham and has gone on to gain extensive experience in high performance sport. Jonny currently works for the English Institute of Sport as the lead physiotherapist for the Great Britain Men’s Artistic Gymnastics team; with highlights including working at several European and World Championships and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. 


Alongside this, Jonny has completed a Masters degree (MSc) in Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy, has undergone further specialist training in Acupuncture and Sports Massage and has published research internationally focusing on the spine in the field of physiotherapy. 
He is also currently studying a post graduate diploma in Sports Medicine.

Previous Roles
Jonny has previously worked in professional football with Reading FC and semi-professional rugby. He has also worked in the NHS across multiple different settings, including musculoskeletal outpatients, orthopaedics, elderly rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation and intensive care.

You can check Jonny is chartered and registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council here. You can also view his linkedin profile here.

Receptionist
Amanda Broadhurst
Email – info@salopia.eu

Summary
Amanda is here to deal with all inquiries, she will be the voice you hear if you give us a call. She can help you book physiotherapy appointments, discovery calls, or take messages and provide general information about our services.