A TEAM AT THE VANGUARD OF PERFORMANCE DEVELOPMENT WORKING WITH 1000S OF ATHLETES AND PROFESSIONALS TO ACHIEVE WORLD-CLASS RESULTS.
Dr. Steve Ingham’s exploration of the science of sports performance leads him to work with some of the best athletes in the world, including Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Tim Foster, James Cracknell and the GB rowing team.
Rachel’s specific knowledge of high-performance and high-risk industries brings about a synergistic development of the Supporting Champions methodology. This potent combination ushers in a new era for the company, seeing world-class support delivered to over 200 World and Olympic medal winners.
Supporting Champions goes on to lead the science operation behind Team GB’s sustained success at the London and Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, while garnering attention from thousands of performance staff, businesses and educators who are inspired by the transformative power of the Supporting Champions approach.
Director and Performance Consultant
Dr Steve Ingham is one of the UK’s leading figures in sport and one of the world’s leading performance scientists. He is steeped in high performance and has been integral to the development of Britain into an Olympic superpower. He has provided support to over 1000 athletes, of which over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Steve has coached Kelly Sotherton's running for heptathlon and to 4x400m Olympic medal winning success.
Steve has worked at the English Sports Council British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport, where Steve was the Director of Science and Technical Development, leading a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Ingham holds a BSc, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Steve is author of the best selling ‘How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete’, discussing and inspiring the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential. Steve established Supporting Champions with the ambition of helping ambitious people to find a better way of creating high-performance. Steve hosts the Supporting Champions Podcast on sharing his pursuit of understanding and exploration in performance.
Steve is passionate about developing performance and developing people. He is a popular speaker and facilitator in the areas of high performance.
Director and Executive Coach
Rachel's background is steeped in developing people. A graduate in music, and a teacher by trade, she has always been fascinated by the deeper aspects of human behaviour and interaction. On moving to the Midlands Rachel took the plunge to move on from her teaching career to follow her passions by studying psychology, firstly through the Open University and then later a Masters in Occupational Psychology from Nottingham University.
Rachel is passionate about helping and supporting others through coaching. Clients discuss all kinds of issues, some in their private lives and some in their work lives - often both. Rachel believes that the coaching role is not about advice giving, but is the act of facilitating development, well-being and performance. It’s purpose is to raise self-awareness and identify choices in order to bridge the gap between the clients current state and where they would like to be. Rachel believes believes deeply in the power of talk, discussion and support through clean questioning and providing an unbiased perspective.
She is an accredited Spotlight practitioner and utilises performance profiling to enable individuals and teams to develop themselves, through increased self-awareness, self-discovery. This allows the individual or team to better understand their behaviour, and the behaviour of others, under pressure in order maximise collaboration and further develop personal and organisational resilience.
Rachel leads the coaching work for Supporting Champions.