The coaching and parental support team

Bill Shone

I can’t thank Bill enough for the support he gives me in terms of constantly improving my technical knowledge and encouraging both myself and the children, with what we are trying to achieve for our training group. We spend hours discussing numerous issues, which all have the sole objective of how to achieve progress with the group and develop it’s athletes in a responsible and effective manner.

Bill is Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) accredited Level 3 Personal Trainer As well as his coaching with children as a part of Andrew Mihranian's group he also has clients working towards sports performance, weight loss and general fitness goals and provides strength and conditioning for a local cricket club.

Bill’s coaching philosophy is based upon building competency of basic functional movement patterns that can then be built upon through periodised training plans to achieve the individual's goals.  He believes that achieving a good standard of general movement and technique whilst emphasising enjoyment is critical when working with young children, regardless of the sport that they will eventually specialise in. 

Bill's personal sports background was initially as a distance runner competing for Gateshead Harriers, Trafford AC and Stockport Harriers.  In the last ten years he has moved into multisport (Triathlon and Duathlon) and competed for the Great Britain Age Group team at Duathlon (run/bike/run) in four European and one World Championships. 

He also has qualifications in prescribing exercise programmes for ante & post natal, active aging and for patients referred from GPs with low to medium risk medical conditions.  

Bill can be contacted via:

Stewart Connor - Athletics Coach

Stewart recently joined the group with his children Mathew and Millie.

His support, positivity, experience as an athlete across different events, knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment towards all of the group's objectives are a real asset to the group.

Stewart works with the older groups at the Tuesday and Thursday training sessions and his support at competitions is also invaluable.

Mariusz Kozlowski - Coaching Assistant

He began, as he puts it, "his adventure with sport" in primary school and his passion for it continues til today. As a young boy, he joined the Scouts and later became a Scout troop Leader. At college his interest in maps and planning, gave him very good knowledge and experience which helped him to later be successful in numerous orientation events. He has a very keen interest in a number of different sports including speed skating, cycling, triathlon, long-distance running and mountain long-distance running (ultra). His current focus is on his ultra mountain running.

He joined our group in 2015 with his daughter Natalia and is really enjoying working with the children and sharing his experience with them. He recently took the group on a hike near Ladybower reservoir where he took them through some orienteering skills which they thoroughly enjoyed. His positivity, dynamism, enthusiasm and knowledge are a real asset to the group. Mariusz works with the first groups on a Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon.

David Turnbull

UKA level 4 middle distance performance coach. England athletics North West area coach mentor for endurance.

David helped me to achieve my Athletics Coach qualification, by kindly agreeing, despite his incredibly busy work and coaching schedule, to be my Supervising coach through the process. He is also a mentor to me and very generously gives up a lot of his time to discuss and encourage me with my own personal development and what I am trying to achieve with our training group. Whenever possible he spends time with different members of the group giving them advice and encouragement.

Bashir Hussain:

Bashir has tremendous experience as an athlete, coach and as a teacher. He has an MSc in Exercise and Sport (2012) and a B.Ed Hons in Mathematics and Physics (1989) from Manchester Metropolitan University. As an athlete he has competed at GB, England and Masters level, across a number of events including a vast range of endurance races from 3000m to the Marathon.

He has coached a number of athletes to National/International success. He is a Level 4 endurance coach and a UK Athletics Tutor & Assessor. As a Teacher he has taught Mathematics, Physical Education and Information Technology since 1989.




Oliver Taylor
Musculoskeletal Podiatrist based at Cheadle Osteopathy

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Podiatry, BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology, MChS Registered – (Member of the Society of Podiatrists and Chiropodists). Certificate in Local Anaesthesia of the Foot. HCPC Registered – (Health & Care Professional Council).

Specialist areas of interest: Running Injuries, Sports Injuries of the lower limb, Biomechanics

Contact details:
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“I qualified from Salford University with a First Class Honours in Podiatry. I have worked in private practices across the North West, along with various running stores consulting about trainers and running biomechanics. This has led me to work with a wide variety of people including Olympic Athletes. Before this I completed my degree in Sport Psychology which gave me an insight into the mind-set of an athlete and how an injury can affect them.

My main areas of interest are in the field of biomechanics and musculoskeletal podiatry. This involves assessing a patient’s range of movement through their joints as well testing the strength and flexibility of their muscle groups. I observe how a patient gets from A to B to see whether there are discrepancies in the way they walk or run that may be having an effect elsewhere in their body.

Having completed a full biomechanical assessment along with a gait analysis, I can help put in place a tailored treatment plan specific for you. This may involve a combination of orthoses, stretching and strengthening, footwear advice and activity modification. Part of the diagnosis of any problem is helping the patient understand what is causing the problem; once this is established the success of recovery and prevention will be increased.

I enjoy treating patients of all ages and all levels of activity, please contact me if you are unsure whether a consultation would benefit you.

The Parental Support team:


The majority of parents get involved in one way or another, whether it be coaching, marshalling, participating, transportation etc and are very supportive of the group philosophy and what is being achieved through it. I am very grateful and appreciative of the tremendous support and encouragement that I receive from everyone.