The PDS team are amongst the most skilled and experienced practitioners you can find anywhere. All our coaches are PDS trained and have a proven track record working with national and international athletes.
Mark Bennett MBE – Consulting, Training, Mentoring & Public Speaking
Mark Bennett MBE is the founder of Performance Development Systems (PDS), with over 20 years experience as a qualified trainer & coach. Mark has spent many years developing a world class performance system which provides high quality performance coaching & mentoring to national, international coaches, organisations, teams and athletes.
Mark served as a physical training instructor in the British Army, progressing through the ranks to become one of the senior Warrant Officers at the Army School of Physical training, where he trained and mentored future physical training instructors. He also served as the senior instructor at a 29 Commando running the physical development and commando training for the Regiment. Mark has experienced the stresses of operations abroad while serving with the commando forces.
Mark turned down promotion to leave the services and set up his own company, coaching and mentoring people from a wide range of backgrounds. He was awarded the MBE in 2006 for his work in developing the Performance Development Systems (PDS).
Mark clients have included the English Golf Union, providing training and mentoring for many of the top PGA coaches in the Country. He has also trained, coached and mentored the British Military, premiership rugby union and super league teams, international athletes as well as health club chains and schools. Mark has also worked closely with double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes designing training systems and delivering training to other professionals and athletes.
Mike Ford - Consulting, Training, Mentoring & Public Speaking
Mike Ford has been involved in elite sport since 1983 when he signed for Wigan RLFC as a 17 year old. He is currently 1st team coach at Bath Rugby. After a 20 year playing career, which included representing his country, Mike took the natural step into coaching having become a fully qualified Rugby league coach at the age of 24.
Mike first started professional coaching in 1999, being player coach for Oldham rugby league taking them the 2001 grand final before switching codes and becoming the first defence coach for IRFU. He would stay there for four years including the 2003 world cup and winning two triple crowns.
In 2005 Mike was part of the British and Irish Lions coaching team that went to New Zealand and on his return he became head coach of Saracens rugby Club taking them into Europe in 2006.
In May 2006 Mike would join the RFU as an assistant coach and stay there for the next 5 years. He helped coach the team to the Rugby World Cup final in France in 2007, won the 6 nations in 2011 and later that year was involved in his third world cup tournament in New Zealand.
Mike helped develop his two eldest boys who are now involved in professional rugby, Joe playing for Leeds and George playing for Leicester. George won the IRB junior player of the year award in 2011 being the first English player to do so.
Rob Watts - Training & Mentoring
Having established a strong playing career, Rob decided in 2006 to embrace his natural ability and passion for coaching and his credentials now include CHECK exercise, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, a diploma in sports hypnosis.
Enjoying an impressive clientele ranging from Worldwide PGA professionals to County teams and top European tour professionals, clients include Darren Clarke whom he has enjoyed an ongoing relationship with since 2008, having worked alongside Darren at The Open Championship 2011.
In 2011 Rob was selected to become an England Futures coach, enabling Rob to further his commitment to the future of professional golf in the UK, a role which compliments his ongoing commitment as County coach to Bucks, Berks & Oxon.
Benefiting from working alongside fellow world class performance coaches, Rob is now considered one of the leading modern day Coaches in the country, and works with national and world standard players and teams from across the globe.
Marc Finney – Training & Mentoring
Following five years of lecturing to Further and Higher education students, and as manager of Human Performance Laboratories at Lincoln College, Marc began his Strength and Conditioning career as Fitness Coach for Lincoln City F.C. A former semi-professional footballer himself, Marc was able to begin applying Sports Science theory into
practice, and this is the driving force behind his career to date.
He then spent four years working as a Training Director for SAQ International as the company Sports Scientist, where he had the great fortune to work with numerous world class athletes and coaches.
For the past four seasons Marc has worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Northampton Saints RFC, where he has worked within a Performance Department that has helped the team achieve several honours including European Challenge Cup winners (2009); LV=Cup winners (2010); Heineken Cup Quarter finalists (2010) and Guinness Premiership semi-finalists (2010 and 2011) and Heineken Cup Runners up (2011).
During this period Marc has developed enormously as a practitioner and has had the great pleasure to work closely with world renowned sprint coach and biomechanist Frans Bosch, and complete professional development visits to learn from some of the best practitioners in the business including time at Cressey Performance (Hudson, MA) and Mike Boyles facility (Lexington, MA) in the U.S.. In the summer of 2012 Marc attended the GAIN (Gambetta Athletic Improvement Network) Apprentorship. During this prestigious course, Marc worked with leading strength and conditioning specialist including Vern Gambetta, Jimmy Radcliffe, Frans Bosch and Bill Knowles but to name a few.
Always keen to continue to develop his own expertise and keep ahead with bestpractice, Marc has a great appetite for self-education. Marc is currently working towards his MSc in Strength and Conditioning and accreditations with UKSCA and CSCS.
Although well versed and practiced in all areas of athletic performance enhancement, Marc specialises in Maximal Strength development and Sprint mechanics. Over the years he has developed a no-nonsense approach to training and uses intelligent planning and programming with sensible integration of corrective exercise to push his athletes to achieve optimal performance – and keep them healthy along the way!
Jaine Lock – Training & Mentoring
Jaine Lock has come from an elite sports background spending 4 years in the Women’s England rugby squad from 1999 to 2003. The pinnacle of her career was leading her country on the very first tour of women’s rugby to South Africa in 2003.
Jaine has been a motivational, determine and friendly fitness instructor for 10 years and personal trainer for 7 years. An experienced, quality and trustworthy group exercise instructor and Sports massage therapist (IIHHT).
Her skills and qualifications include Body Balance, Body Jam, Body Attack, core stability training, Pilates, aqua aerobics, circuit training and Zumba. She always maintains a positive and supportive approach in every session, installing knowledge and quality of movement beliefs into her clients.
Jaine believes it is very important to live by her core values and always makes time to train smart and hard, eat effectively while being a mother to her two active children. She constantly strives to develop her own knowledge and skills towards the pursuit of excellence, which she likes to pass on to her clients; ensuring they have an effective learning experience in each session to maximise their own potential.
Jaine has delivered training on behalf of Dame Kelly Holmes to some of the athletes she is supporting. She is also assisting Mark to develop new group exercise classes for Schools and Health Clubs.