Loughborough is well known for its sporting performances on the field of play, but that excellence couldn’t happen without the vast array of support that happens in the background.
With that in mind Nathan Miller has been appointed Head of Performance Support, stepping up from his current position as Performance Sport Services Coordinator next month. Tasked with leading the provision of innovative and impactful support to athletes and coaches, Miller will oversee the following seven disciplines: Strength and Conditioning, Physiotherapy/Sports Medicine, Sports Psychology, Performance Nutrition, Sports Physiology, Performance Analysis and Performance Lifestyle.
Miller’s brief also includes enhancing the multidisciplinary approach to performance, and continuing to develop relationships with National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and Loughborough University’s School of Sport , Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS).
With good experience of the Loughborough Sport performance services offer thanks to his current role and the physiology position he took up in 2015 upon joining the University, Nathan has already been coordinating the performance support programme, linking together the aforementioned seven disciplines. With a passion for development, Miller has also helped create and manage opportunities for over 50 placement students and volunteers, and is keen to continue to develop staff in his new post.
Performance and Development Director Richard Wheater commented:
“I am delighted to welcome Nathan to the Performance Sport Leadership team. Our range of Sports Science and Sports Medicine services provide excellent support for our numerous teams and often congested competition schedules. I would like us to think of all the services together as the ‘Performance Support Team’, which we will continue to develop and resource to the best of our ability.
“I want to underline how grateful I am for the work that happens at all times of day and night to keep our teams going and carry on Loughborough’s proud history of athlete development and competitive success. I appreciate that we are under a lot of pressure across a number of fronts, so it’s important that we continue to communicate well across all the teams, to ensure we continue our huge progress. Good luck to Nathan in his new role; he is ideally placed to step in from the start of April and continue his Loughborough journey.”
Miller, who initially joined Loughborough from St George’s Park, added:
“I am extremely pleased and excited to take on this important role for Loughborough Sport. The combination of world-class facilities and highly-motivated, inspiring people, presents a fantastic opportunity to support young athletes to reach their academic and sporting potential.
“Our Performance Support Team currently provides impactful and outstanding support to our athletes and I am honoured to help lead and support this wonderful team. Not only do we have a large role to play in the development of young elite athletes, we have a great opportunity to cultivate an environment where Loughborough becomes the number one talent pool for practitioners in the UK and around the world. Upon taking up this new role I would like to help us further develop our reputation for excellence in athletic performance and applied practice.”