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The Team < Jim McLagan


MSc - Strength & Conditioning Coach

Jim completed his Masters in Strength & Conditioning from the University of Bedfordshire in 2019, having previously completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Chichester in 2016. Jim has worked with professional rugby clubs for a number of years. Having previously held the role of Head of S&C at two different Green King IPA Championship Rugby teams, he has also worked with numerous Premiership Rugby players on a consultancy basis.

Jim McLagan

Jim has extensive experience in the elite sporting arena and has coached in numerous professional & semi-professional settings.

Having worked for a number of Clubs in the National Leagues & Education Institutions on a consultancy basis, Jim secured a role as Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Bedford Blues RFC in the Green King IPA Championship (GKI).

Whilst working for Bedford Blues he caught the eye of their near-neighbours Ampthill RUFC, who had just secured their promotion into the GKI Championship. He joined the Ampthill as their Head of Strength & Conditioning for a record-breaking season, as they finished the year in 5th place, higher than any team had achieved during their maiden season in the league. Whilst working for Ampthill he was responsible for planning, delivery and monitoring of physical preparation for 1st & 2nd XV athletes, 48 athletes in total, covering all aspects of performance training. Whilst working for Ampthill, he had the opportunity to gain experience at Saracens & Northampton Saints rugby clubs, in their strength and conditioning departments.

With Jim’s success at Ampthill, his previous employers Bedford Blues managed to lure him back to the club this time as the Head of Strength of Conditioning where Jim helped to guide them through a full season. During this time Jim also worked with the Bedford Blues Junior system, providing strength & conditioning for young athletes ranging from 11-15 years of age. He was responsible at Bedford Blues for the planning, delivery and monitoring of physical preparation for 1st XV athletes, covering all aspects of performance. Whilst working for Bedford Blues, he had the opportunity to work with the Northampton Saints S&C coaching team assisting them with on field S&C sessions for their senior academy players as well as leading the resistance training S&C sessions at Bedford Blues.

Jim has continued to work with a range of athletes, from a range of different sports, most recently he has been preparing Chelmsford Hockey Club for their upcoming season. As well as working directly with premiership rugby players on an individual basis, assisting them with their strength & conditioning.