New appointments to England Golf’s sport science team

Nicholas Jones

England Golf has made two appointments to its sports science team which supports the country’s leading amateur golfers.

A team from the consultancy, Grey Matters Performance, will lead on psychology at national and regional levels. Meanwhile Nicholas Jones (pictured top © Leaderboard Photography) becomes the senior strength and conditioning coach.

Nigel Edwards, England Golf Performance Director, said: “We aim to give our players the best possible support and we are delighted to welcome Grey Matters and Nick Jones to our team. I am sure their input will help us to build on our excellent results and achieve even greater success.”

Nicholas Jones has been an England Golf regional strength and conditioning coach for the past three years. He also has extensive experience in a range of high performance sports including cricket, rugby, swimming, wrestling and snowsports.

He has coached for a wide range of universities and sports organisations, such as the University of Manchester, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Welsh and English Rugby Unions, Sale Sharks, GB Water Polo and GB Wrestling. He also works with individuals, both disabled and able bodied, taking them from their first steps on the performance pathway right through to becoming world class performers.

He is working towards his PhD, researching genetic training, and has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities.

Grey Matters Performance, led by Professor Dave Collins, provides consultancy in performance sport, coach education and talent development, and has worked with over 70 World and Olympic medallists plus top league and international teams. 

Andrew Cruickshank (pictured right © Leaderboard Photography) will support the England Men’s and A squads. He is also a senior sport psychologist for British Judo, a consultant for Newcastle Falcons, an active researcher in elite performance and a tutor on the Professional Masters and Doctorate courses at the University of Central Lancashire.

Andrew was previously a professional with Hibernian FC in Scotland and is also a UEFA licensed football coach.

Rosie Collins (pictured right) will support the Women's, Girls’ and Boys’ squads. She is also the lead performance psychologist for a simulator based driver development centre and has individual clients from a variety of sports and disciplines.

Rosie also works at the University of Winchester as a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, delivering applied and theoretical content to postgraduate students.