MORE THAN JUST A SPORT

Inclusive opportunities to improve health, fitness, well-being and socialising.

Who we are…

A group of highly qualified volunteers who have a vast amount knowledge and expertise in developing the communities health and well-being. Experienced in developing disability sport, social interaction and inclusion of those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The proactive work put in place over recent years has also seen impressive results on the national and international stages, not just in relation to performance, but also in respect of volunteers in officiating and coaching roles.

The community work of the organisation “Pembrokeshire Weightlifting” (Known as Strength Academy Wales) is overseen by a Board of six dedicated directors. The company is voluntarily managed as a Social Enterprise. Not for profit and for community benefit.

Our Story…

The club is open to all & many people from various backgrounds gain boundless benefits to their personal & social lives, especially those who are disabled, from low income families, have learning needs & those who are looked after. The key success of this sports club is the ability of the coaches to connect & engage members of all abilities through same activities, developing them as one, also vitally important is the way members support and aid each other.
 
SAW has been fantastic at reducing barriers to sport & really opens up participation to all in Pembrokeshire, it certainly provides opportunities for disadvantaged groups to benefit from activities & has changed perceptions, attitudes, increasing participation levels. The sports club provides opportunities for residents of all ages to enjoy and benefit from recreational & competitive Weightlifting, Disability Powerlifting, health, fitness, Sport conditioning & social activities.
 
Coaches & volunteers have built up excellent experience & are suitably qualified to ensure differentiated coaching throughout all sessions, allowing all to achieve varying goals. New volunteers and coaches learn from current good practise.
 
At SAW there is an extraordinary, supportive environment, nurturing and developing members, both in sport, well-being and confidence. Inclusiveness plays an important role.
 

All are Welcome. Pembrokeshire Community. Social Enterprise. Not for profit and in partnership with Pembrokeshire Leisure.

Academy centre for Weightlifting Wales.

The mission of Pembrokeshire Weightlifting is:

 People of all ages, from all walks of life and with challenging personal issues engaging in weightlifting, disability powerlifting and strength conditioning as a way of maintaining healthy lifestyles and ensuring their well-being”.

Its aspirations are:

Achieving significant growth in:

  • Community Participation
  • Community Health and Well-being
  • National and International Successes.
  • Active Volunteers

The vision of Pembrokeshire Weightlifting is as follows:

“Delivery of a range of weightlifting, Disability powerlifting, health and fitness programmes to individuals of all ages and from all backgrounds, in particular those who are disadvantaged, to improve their health, social interaction, fitness and well-being, and achieve excellence in the sports of weightlifting and powerlifting.”

Strategic Aim 1: To encourage people living in Pembrokeshire of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds, as well as wider afield, to participate in weightlifting; powerlifting; and strength conditioning; health and fitness activities

Strategic Aim 2:  To address social exclusion by encouraging disadvantaged and marginalised groups to access fitness training

Strategic Aim 3: To tackle obesity and promote health and fitness whilst developing members’ social skills and improving their mental well-being

Strategic Aim 4: To promote excellence in weightlifting and disability powerlifting to achieve national and international successes.

 Pembrokeshire Weightlifting operates with the following values:

  • Inclusivity: being open to all.
  • Excellence: striving to achieve the highest standard possible.
  • Focus: committing to improvement
  • Partnership: working together
  • Openness: being transparent and accountable

The organisation is currently working with the Local Authority and other  organisations is raising £400k from various funding providers to support a new facility development and increased services.

 

Coaching Staff and Volunteers 

Simon Roach

  • Director and Head Coach at Pembrokeshire Weightlifting 
  • 16 years experience of teaching PE & Head of PE.
  • BA (Hons) Sport and Human Movement Studies, UWIC. Post Graduate, Bath University.
  • Experience in coaching Swimming, Athletics, and all things to do with exercise, health and fitness, strength and conditioning.
  • Former Strength Consultant for the Scarlets.
  • Life time experience in Weightlifting. Ex-International Weightlifter.
  • Sports Manager – Weightlifting Wales
  • Team Wales National Weightlifting coach and Team Manager 1998, 2002, 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games. Team Manager and coach 2015 and 2016 Commonwealth Championships.
  • World Para Powerlifting Coach
  • Board member – Weightlifting Wales.
  • Volunteer for Pembrokeshire Weightlifting 

Justin Head

  • Weightlifter – Master division

  • Owner of South Pembs Weightlifting

  • Level 2 Weightlifting coach. Technical Official.

  • Level 3 Tutor and assessor for British Weightlifting and Welsh Weightlifting

  • Regional Development Officer for Weightlifting Wales

  • Competition Manager for Weightlifting Wales
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and British Weightlifting

Chloe Hood

  • Welsh and Great Britain Strength Athlete 
  • Welsh and British Weightlifting Champion
  • Weightlifting Coach
  • Coach of the SAW female only fitness classes
  • Sport Science student at Pembrokeshire College 
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales

Thomas Oram-Reubens

  • BSc Sports Coaching Degree

  • MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Masters.

  • Level two Weightlifting Coach

  • Strength Academy Wales conditioning coach
  • Played Football for Haverfordwest County Academy, Swansea Academy and Hartpury College whilst at University

  • Online coaching and programming advisor for JPI coaching
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales
  • Director of Pembrokeshire Weightlifting
  • Social Media Co-ordinator – Weightlifting Wales

Niamh Roach

  • Under graduate at University of bath
  • Weightlifter
  • Welsh representation 
  • Level 2 Weightlifting Coach
  • Weightlifting Technical Official
  • Conditioning coach at Strength Academy Wales
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales

Lucy Griffiths

  • PE Teacher – Secondary School
  • Schools Weightlifting club organiser 
  • Welsh Athletics Throws Athlete – Shot Putt
  • Level 2 Weightlifting coach
  • Conditioning coach
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales

Chris Shousha

  • Rugby Hub Officer
  • PE Teacher – Secondary 
  • County Rugby Coach
  • Rugby Player
  • Level two Weightlifting coach
  • Conditioning coach
  • Weightlifting Technical Official
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales

Jim Horner

  • Ex World Powerlifting Champion
  • Current Powerlifter
  • Level 2 Weightlifting Coach
  • World Para Powerlifting coach
  • World Para Powerlifting Technical Official 
  • Weightlifting Technical Official
  • Commonwealth Games 2018 Gold Coast coach
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales
  • Volunteers for British Weightlifting

Darren Rogers

  • Level 2 Weightlifting coach
  • International Weightlifting Technical official
  • Weightlifter – Master division
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales
  • Volunteers for British Weightlifting 
  • Director of Pembrokeshire Weightlifting 

Carl Rees

  • Weightlifter
  • Crossfit enthusiast 
  • Level 2 Weightlifting coach
  • Weightlifting Technical Official
  • Ex Rugby Player
  • Conditioning coach
  • Director of JPI Apparel 
  • Online coaching and programming advisor for JPI coaching
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales

Alex John

  • Under graduate at Exeter University 
  • Scholarship with Valero Energy
  • Weightlifter with Welsh representation
  • Technical Official to Weightlifting Wales and British Weightlifting
  • Volunteers for Pembrokeshire Weightlifting, Weightlifting Wales and British Weightlifting

Stephen Donovan

  • Level 2 Weightlifting coach
  • International Weightlifting Technical official
  • Welsh representative at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast
  • British representative at European Championships 
  • Weightlifter – Master division
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales
  • Volunteers for British Weightlifting

Helen Madan

  • Post graduate, BSc Biology, Worcester University
  • Weightlifter
  • Weightlifting coach and Technical Official
  • Competed for Pembrokeshire harriers for 11 years in High Jump, Shot Putt, Sprinting, Hammer and Pentathlon.
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales

Anita Madan

  • Weightlifter 
  • International Weightlifting representation for Wales
  • Qualified technical Official 
  • Technical Official for Weightlifting Wales
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales

Sarah Owens

  • Foundation Degree – Sports Coaching and Performance 
  • FAW C Certificate Football Coach
  • Level 2 Weightlifting coach and Technical Official
  • Sports Coach for Sport Pembrokeshire 
  • Coach at South Pembrokeshire Weightlifting Club
  • Previously played for Wales u14’s team
  • Competes in Weightlifting
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales

Brittany Thomas

  • Competitive Brazilian Jiu Jistsu Blue belt
  • Level 2 Weightlifting Coach and Technical Official
  • Coach at South Pembrokeshire Weightlifting Club
  • Volunteer for Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales

Robin Williams 

  • Level 2 Weightlifting coach and Technical Official
  • Club level Clay shooting
  • Volunteers for both Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales

Tim Jackson

  • Rugby Forwards coach
  • Weightlifting Technical Official
  • Volunteer for Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and Weightlifting Wales