Our Coaching Philosophy
Our coaching is athlete centred and driven by development, performance and athlete welfare. We believe that, with a good coaching structure, it is possible for everybody to reach their individual potential and have great experiences along the way. In order to do this we feel it is essential to focus on all components of performance; physical, psychological, technical and tactical.
We feel it is important to consider the individual needs of the rider and seek ongoing input from them in order to ensure both rider and coach are aligned. We encourage an open and honest relationship and believe effective communication between the rider and coach is vital to the development of the rider.
We bring our own years of experience from many areas of the sport to our coaching. Underpinning these are sound coaching principles, current exercise science and best practice guidelines. We strongly believe in fair sport and anti-doping.
We strive to develop and improve our coaching through continuing professional development. If we don’t know something we will either find out or seek expertise from another professional such as physiotherapists, nutritionists and strength and conditioning coaches.
Talking about ourselves and our experience is not something we find easy or comfortable. Blowing our own trumpet does not sit easily, however that aside, if you are going to sign up with a coach you probably want to know a bit about the person you are entrusting with your training. So here goes…..
Paul Bennett has a wealth of experience and coaching qualifications. Having raced in many facets of the sport himself; as a first category road rider and also in the spheres of MTB, cyclo-cross, time trial and track, Paul brings racing craft and experience to his vast array of formal qualifications.
It is this vast and broad personal experience, which allows Paul to relate to and empathise with those he coaches. In addition to his cycle race experience, Paul has also taken part in sportive events such as the Etape du Tour and competed in triathlon; this was undertaken to understand first-hand the demands of this multi-event sport.
Paul has completed British Cycling coaching qualifications up to level 3 and has a range of discipline specific qualifications and CPD including track, cyclo-cross, time-trial, road and MTB.
Continuing professional development remains a key priority. Paul attends regular conferences and online development sessions ensuring he keeps abreast of the latest updates in sports science, coaching techniques, software and equipment. He is INSCYD and Training Peaks accredited as well as being trained in blood lactate testing; competency provided by Manchester Institute of Health and Performance.
During past seasons, Paul has enjoyed a support role with a number of elite road teams. Experiencing some of the races within these set-ups was interesting and allowed Paul to further develop his skills as a coach and team manager. Supporting at races such as the Ras Mumhan stage race, British Cycling national road series and circuit series, UCI Cicle Classic and the Tour Series all add to the wealth of experience. At the end of 2017, Paul set up Team PB Performance national development team, along side the existing regional team, which he now manages and coaches.
Louise Bennett is a qualified triathlon coach, sports massage therapist and a keen amateur triathlete herself. Louise has represented Great Britain in both duathlon and triathlon age group teams on many occasions in both European and World Championship events. Her fourth place in the European Sprint Triathlon Championships in Pontevedra in 2011 is a highlight. Before moving to triathlon, Louise competed in cycling both on the road and in time trial where she finished third overall in the CTT classic national series.
Louise is a British Triathlon qualified coach and has also undertaken additional CPD in sports nutrition. Her own training and racing experience, alongside the coaching skills she developed professionally, make her well placed to understand athletes’ mindsets and help them succeed.
Louise is passionate about sport and supporting others to achieve their potential. After working in secondary education for 18 years, most recently as a Principal, Louise took a career change and trained as a sports massage therapist and triathlon coach; something in which she has always had an interest. In education, Louise’s focus was developing and supporting students and staff to be the best they could be; now she is bringing these skills to coaching and mentoring in sport.
We can honestly say we have experienced the excitement, disappointment, setbacks, suffering, exhaustion, successes, banter and fun that the emotional roller coaster of sport can bring; this, we hope, helps us fully understand the athletes we work with.