Our sports staff practitioners

Our passionate and hardworking team support and develop student athletes enabling them to reach their sporting and academic goals.

The University is an accredited Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) site and our practitioners work with national and international level athletes. Our staff have significant experience in performance sport – either as an athlete, coach, or practitioner - so our athletes can be assured of top quality expertise to support them in the next steps of their sporting journey.

Photo of sports practitioner Jordan Butler standing in front of the Team derby logo

Jordan Butler
Performance Sport Manager

Jordan has worked in performance sport within a university environment for over 8 years. Jordan has worked with athletes and teams across the performance spectrum, including Olympic medalists and professional and international teams.

Photo of sports practitioner Josh Davidson standing in front of the Team Derby logo

Josh Davidson
Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach and Lecturer

Over the course of Josh's career, he has coached athletes across the entire performance spectrum, including athletes on National Governing Bodies pathways and high-achieving student scholars. Josh is passionate about athlete development and supports our scholars with their individual programmes.

Dr Philip Clarke

Dr Philip Clarke
Sport Psychology Lead

Dr Phil Clarke oversees the sports psychology provision at Team Derby. Phil has worked within several elite sporting environments, supporting elite and professional athletes. He is also the Sport Psychology Lead for the Derbyshire Institute of Sport.

Jo Keegan Lead Physiotherapist

Jo Keegan
Lead Physiotherapist

Jo is the lead physiotherapist and joined the University of Derby programme in 2018. She provides individual support to our performance sport, TASS and sport scholarship athletes. Jo has previously worked with Olympic Gold medallists and world champion athletes.