Hear from the athletes that regularly use our Human Performance Unit and are trained by the professionals:


"The Human Performance Unit service makes the club [DCFC] work so much better when the facilities look great and are delivered so professionally... Our relationship with the University is valuable asset and we look forward to developing it even further in the future." Dave Carolan, Head of Performance at Derby County Football Club

Jess Turner hurdler

Without this facility, I don't believe I would be where I am at now in my sport...All the coaches are really dedicated to help you succeed in your sport, the level of support they give you is great.

Jess Turner
Derbyshire Institute of Sport programme athlete, 400m hurdler

"The Human Performance Unit provided me with indoor and outdoor all weather facilities as well as professional seminar rooms. It's a great facility so head over and enjoy a workout." Jonas Dodo, Head Coach at Speed Works

"The data we get from the tests is invaluable, specifically the lactate threshold which is useful in setting and planning my training." Ali Slater, Team Vitus

“Friendly, professional, flexible and knowledgeable; the support from Mark and the HPU team has been invaluable in helping us to deliver tailored coach development to coaches from the Great Britain Cycling Team.” British Cycling

"The staff were professional and approachable, and the activities of Strength and Conditioning and Sports Psychology were excellent - fun, engaging and perfectly pitched. We have heard from most of the 90 people who attended, and without exception the feedback was extremely positive." Stuart Langworthy, Walking Football Association

"Our relationship with the team at ​the HPU from the University of Derby is huge for us at the Burton Albion Academy. Having the support and expertise of the staff and students has been greatly beneficial in helping develop future players for our first team. The physical data testing they complete on all our age groups from u9s – u18s not only helps our sports science and medicine department, but also gives our young players another experience of life as a professional footballer." Dan Robinson, Academy Manager, Burton Albion F.C.

Alex Knibbs hurdler

The Human Performance Unit has allowed me to access equipment I need to become more powerful and technically better for my performance through stability and strength. I have learnt skills which will help in my future career.

Alex Knibbs
Derbyshire Institute of Sport programme athlete, 400m hurdler