Athletic Performance & Injury Rehabilitation

Over 10 years experience of working in professional sports, including World & Olympic Champions.



We improve athletic performance by providing professional strength & conditioning and injury rehabilitation services to individuals & teams in Brighton, Hove & the surrounding areas of Sussex.  Using our knowledge, coaching skills & experience from working with elite level athletes in a wide variety of sports over the last 10 years, we're confident we can take your performance to the next level.  Hence....


Matt & Rob offer 3 levels of service to suit your needs and athletic aspirations:

Elite: Full performance testing, programming and 1-2-1 coaching for professional & elite level athletes.

Specific: Performance testing, programming and 1-2-1 coaching for specific sports and goals, to suit dedicated semi-professional/amateur athletes and active individuals.

Youth development:  Long term athletic development for athletes aged 13-21, who want to maximise their potential and be the best they can be.

Email us now to find out more.  Then we'll buy the coffee whilst making a plan that works for you.


Athlete Performance


With extensive experience in professional rugby, motorsport, alpine skiing & extreme sports to name a few, we've got the skills to take your athletic performance to the next level.

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Health & Wellness


We believe optimal health is the foundation to optimal performance, click HERE to find out more about how we can help you and your organisation.

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"Working with Matt was crucial running up to my Olympic debut. Not only is he technically advanced, but he is also a skilled motivator!"

Chris Mears
Olympic Gold - Rio 2016

"MotoGP is a complex equation: be strong, be agile, be out on track (even after injury). Matt is able to turn text book into reality and keep it fun along the way. The job's not for everyone, but those who can do it, make a huge difference."

Bradley Smith
Moto GP - Aprilia Racing
"Matt's coaching has allowed me to perform at my peak, week in week out. I would strongly encourage anyone looking to get ahead of the competition to enlist Matt's help."
Matt Miles
England Counties Captain



Matt Dickens MSc ASCC

Performance Director

Matt has worked in professional sports for over 10 years; with Olympic champions & international rugby players to world-class motorsport racers & alpine skiers. He is an accredited coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, has an MSc in Strength & Conditioning from St Mary's University and a wealth of science based knowledge in all areas of human performance.

Matt's skills lie in getting the best out of people.  He loves coaching speed & agility, making gains that actually transfer to performance in your sport and rehabilitating injuries back to a fitter, faster & stronger position than you were before.

"I'm grateful to have supported some incredible people push the limits of human performance over the last decade.  In some cases not long after suffering "near career ending" injuries.  Now I'm thrilled to combine my knowledge and skills with Rob and our team; to work with more individuals aspiring to be their best, whilst working closer to home and delivering an elite level of service that I'm truly proud of."

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Rob Nitman BSc ASCC

Programme Director

Rob is an accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach (UKSCA) who's been working in the S&C industry since 2014, with roles varying from professional Rugby Union to Higher Education institutions such as leading the athletic development at Eastbourne College and The University of Brighton.

Rob's motto is "Don't just train, perform!" He believes that the improvements we make in the gym have got to make a difference to your performance in the sporting arena.  Rob's mission is to create an environment for athletes to maximise their potential and believes we have everything you need to do just that at Ascend.

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Contact Us

Matt:  07866 016613