Meet the Team

Strength and Conditioning Manager

Allan Gartshore

Email: ag81@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:+44 (0)1334 46 2190

Allan Gartshore has worked within the Department of Sport and Exercise for several years now and brings a wealth of practical training experience to the table. Having competed in several different sports (including football, kickboxing and triathlon) he understands what it takes to compete at a high level.

Over the years Allan has picked up many fitness qualifications and has several years experience working as a Personal Trainer and Gym Instructor, before moving into a more sports performance based role. Allan has been an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC), with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association since 2008 and continues to attend all the workshop and conferences available, to ensure he remains at the cutting edge of applied research.

As well as his work for the University, Allan also works part-time with the Scottish Institute of Sport, as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as working with Dundee United Football Club – providing both field based, and gym based strength and conditioning support.

In 2009 Allan was instrumental in launching the successful Saints Sport Intern programme, which provides University students with the opportunity to gain practical experience working in the sporting environment. This initiative continues to gain momentum and is becoming a much sought after commodity for the University students.

Allan is passionate about his job and is always reading the latest scientific sports journals and publications, but he also enjoys trawling the internet for anything that will broaden his training knowledge.

Interns

Ali Smith

Ali has worked in the fitness industry for 5 years. He is currently studying Sport Therapy while working at The University of St Andrews as a personal trainer, and a Sports Assistant where he has been taking a lead on several courses and classes that promote strength training. Ali has a keen interest in S&C and has gained experience here, at The University of St Andrews through courses and supporting a variety of teams and individuals. Ali enjoys a wide range of sport as was a keen Rugby player who now enjoys climbing and weightlifting.

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Role:
Lead S&C Coach
Sports
Women’s Basketball


Gregor Smith

Gregor is supporting Men’s Rugby as S&C Support Coach alongside his 4th year study of Strength and Conditioning at Abertay University. He has experience working as an S&C coach at Dundee FC and Scottish Rugby, and as a paid S&C coach at Perthshire RFC. Aside from S&C, Gregor works at home on his family’s dairy farm and is an enthusiastic rugby player and black belt in karate.

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Role:
S&C Support Coach
Sports
Men’s Rugby


Lorne Christie

Lorne has a BSc Honors Degree in Strength & Conditioning. He is passionate about the physical development of athletes and motivating them towards training in relation to their sport in order to enhance their performance in competition. Lorne also enjoys working as part of the S&C team to share ideas and helping develop new ways of providing the best support for the student athletes.

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Role:
S&C Support Coach
Sports
Men’s Rugby, Rowing


Niamh Guest

Niamh joined the Saints Sport Strength and Conditioning team in 2019. She works alongside the team in assisting with the coaching of athletes in Ultimate Frisbee, Rowing and Cricket. Niamh has recently graduated from Abertay University with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. She has experience in S&C through her own participation as an athlete where she competed in athletics at a National level and is now looking to progress as a coach herself. Now Niamh enjoys running (albeit at a more leisurely pace!) and cycling in her spare time.

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Role:
S&C Support Coach
Sports
Cricket, Rowing, Ultimate Frisbee


Cameron Soutar

Cameron is a BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning graduate. Cameron currently works in the Dundee Athlete Physical Preparation programme and also has experience coaching with the Dundee Football Club Academy. This year, he will be designing and delivering the S&C programme for the Men’s Football Club. He hopes to improve the players’ athletic performance, but also help in reducing injuries throughout their long BUCS season.

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Role:
Lead S&C Coach
Sports
Men’s Football