Strength and Conditioning

S&C Information

Strength and Conditioning is now a huge part of the BUCS and Scholarship programme here a The University of Wolverhampton. S&C Sessions are held across all facilities but mainly in the performance centre in the British Judo Centre and on the 3G pitch for field based testing. 

S&C is available to individual team/ scholarship athletes and BUCS sport teams in groups. You can also enquire about fitness testing for your team or individuals. 

To find out if you are eligible for S&C support or fitness testing, please contact the athlete support manager (Mark Niemz) on

Name: Mark Niemz

Sport: Strength & Conditioning, across various sports - Current Athlete Support Manager at University of Wolverhampton

Current level of coaching: UKSCA accredited S&C coach

Interesting fact: Mark has both British and Austrian Citizenship (and can speak a bit of German)

Background: Mark played football from a young age, and it was whilst completing his degree in Sports Science and playing non-league and university football that he developed interests in coaching and in training to enhance athletic performance, which led him down the path of becoming a Strength and Conditioning (S&C) practitioner. Mark has a dual role as lecturer in S&C, and as an S&C coach supporting the university’s athletes and sports scholars. Mark’s job as an S&C practitioner is in the physical preparation of athletes, developing them physically to maximise their sporting and athletic potential. He has experience of supporting athletes within a number of settings, including working with world class athletes as an S&C Coach with the English Institute of Sport, and working with talented student-athletes in schools and universities. His experience of delivering S&C services to elite athletes has included working with several Olympic sporting programmes within the UK high performance system, including GB Triathlon, GB canoeing, GB Water Polo and British cycling. Currently he delivers S&C support to athletes from a range of sports, both within the university and externally, including football, basketball, netball, athletics, triathlon, golf, rugby and combat sports.

Quote: The University of Wolverhampton’s Institute of Sport demonstrates a growing ambition to continually develop and enhance the ability to offer students an outstanding sporting experience, both academically and through opportunities to be involved in competitive and recreational sport. We develop sports graduates who are highly knowledge, skilled and employable, and student-athletes capable of excelling both technically and physically within their sport.  The desire to continually build upon our sporting achievements is evident through the continual investment in facilities, resources and personnel to support our students, our sports teams and scholars. The passion the university has for sport is the key reason I chose to join the team.  

 Since beginning my position with the university in 2016, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some excellent students and athletes, and I look forward to playing a role in helping our sports students and student-athletes achieve success in the future. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can achieve this season.  

 If you see me around, please feel free to come say hello.