The Southern Academy of Sport is an Athletic Development company founded in 2009. Formerly known as Body Revolution, the Academy moved to a purpose built 2500 sq ft. performance facility in Chippenham, Wiltshire, in 2012. Over the past decade the Academy has supported thousands of athletes, from six years old to development athletes, professional athletes and Olympians.
The Academy's mission is to help athletes fulfil their potential, through delivering world class coaching and support.
The Academy delivers individualised programming and coaching through the four foundations of Athletic Development.
Optimising your performance is about more than the gym.
We get results using the four foundations of Performance:
Individualised gym, field and track programs designed and delivered by specialist coaches to optimise performance and reduce injury risk.
A defining factor of success, athletes are taught to think clearly under pressure, deal with and learn from failure, and develop a growth mindset.
Tailored, habit-based coaching to optimise performance and encourage healthy living.
From sleep to injury rehabilitation, individualised recovery programs ensure athletes get the most from their training.
Joe graduated from the University of Exeter in 2006, where he gained a BSc in Exercise Science (2:1). During his career, he has accumulated over 16,000 hours of hands-on coaching and has been responsible for the development of athletes from over fifteen sports, at levels ranging from youth athletes to Olympians and professional athletes in sports including athletics, equestrian and the UFC.
Joe understands the needs and development pathway for aspiring athletes – he took a 12-month placement with the English Institute of Sport coaching team in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics and was Head of Athletic Development for former England captain Lewis Moody’s Rugby Academy between 2015 and 2018.
As a junior athlete Joe was a member of Exeter Chiefs U19’s, Bath and England Rugby Academies and is now Director of Rugby at Devizes RFC.
Ollie Daglish joined as Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach from his previous role of Head of Academy Sports Science at Swindon Town FC, a position he secured following a period on placement with Southampton FC.
He has a BSC in Applied Sports Science and MSc in Sports Science and Performance coaching from Southampton Solent University.
Sam joined the Academy in 2021 as part of our partnership with the University of Bath. He now coaches with us whilst in his final year of his BSc in Sports Coaching.
Sam is a semi-professional football player as well as representing the University’s Men’s BUCS 1st XV.
Conor holds a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology from Staffordshire University and is a qualified fitness coach.
Conor became a member of the Southern Academy of Sport performance staff in 2018 after initially joining as an athlete – Conor is an amateur Mixed Martial Arts fighter with a 4-1 record and plays rugby for Devizes RFC.
Jaz is currently on full time placement as part of the Academy’s partnership with the University of Bath, where she is a third year BSc Sport and Exercise Science student.
Jaz competes and officiates in athletics, specialising in sprinting.
Megan is currently on full time placement as part of the Academy’s partnership with the University of Bath, where she is a third year BSc Sport and Exercise Science student.
Megan competes in rugby, representing the Women’s University 1st XV.