Francis Sanderson Strength & Conditioning Coach

Francis Sanderson

Strength & Conditioning Coach


Cornish Pirates Coaching Staff

Francis Sanderson - Strength & Conditioning Coach

Born in Cambridge in 1985, Francis has lived most of his life about St. Ives - in Cambridgeshire, not Cornwall!

Judo and football were Francis's main sporting interests as he grew up, but after gaining a 1st Dan (Black Belt) he aimed to concentrate on judo when he went to study Sports Coaching at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. Shoulder injuries, however, unfortunately held him back, but there was a positive in that he developed an interest in Strength and Conditioning and Rehabilitation. Also, in his second year at 'UWIC' he undertook a Sports Massage qualification alongside the degree, which helped him develop an understanding of the body and how it works.

On graduating, Francis moved back to St Ives and worked as a Fitness Consultant in a local gym, providing advice and training to the public as well as local athletes. In addition, he provided Sports Massage to athletes, including Olympic gymnasts in nearby Huntingdon. He was also, in his time 'back home' encouraged to play on the wing for the St. Ives RFC side.

In 2007, Francis took the opportunity to go and see more of the world. He travelled through Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia and Africa, where toured from Johannesburg to Nairobi. After seeing a small glimpse of the world, he hopes in the future to visit yet more far reaching countries, and to witness and experience different cultures.

On his return to Cambridgeshire, Francis endeavoured to provide Sports Support to local athletes living in the county. Looking after squash players, rowers, cricketers, water skiers, plus roller hockey players, he also provided Sports Therapy to EIS funded athletes in Cambridge, including gymnasts who attended the Beijing Olympics. In his spare time he also assisted a friend who was setting up his own cabinet making business!

To further his understanding of Strength and Conditioning, Francis undertook a Masters at Middlesex University and shortly after was accepted onto an Internship at Northampton Saints. His time at Franklin's Gardens proved beneficial, where he gained further experience and enjoyed being involved in the club's high profile success achieved firstly in the LV=Cup, and then in reaching the Premiership semi-finals and the Heineken Cup final.

Francis very much enjoy the outdoors and takes every opportunity to go mountain biking and skiing. He comments "Nothing beats the rush going over the edge of a trail or piste!" He has also completed bronze, silver, and gold Duke of Edinburgh awards, and now has a supervisory role to assess those going through the scheme.

On joining the Cornish Pirates in the summer of 2011, Francis considered it an exciting time to be involved in the club's history and was looking forward to working with Simon (Raynes) in making sure all the players were ready week in week out and working to their highest physical abilities.

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