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Neil Black

Current Role at UKA: Performance Director

Previous Roles at UKA: Chief Physiotherapist from November 2004, Sports Medicine and Science Lead since December 2007 – Neil has worked with the Governing body and athletes attending most championships since the 1992 Paralympic Games.

  • Age 53, married

  • Previously lectured on Sports Medicine as well as clinical physiotherapy roles

  • Currently lives in Shropshire, educated in Northumberland

  • Neil Is a Chartered Physiotherapist and registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health Professionals Council.


Other info: Athletes Neil has worked with closely towards global success over the past 20 years include Sally Gunnell, Linford Christie, Colin Jackson, Tony Jarret, Roger Black, Iwan Thomas, Steve Smith, Jonathon Edwards, Katharine Merry, Kelly Holmes, Denise Lewis, Kelly Sotherton, Phillips Idowu, Jessica Ennis, Steve Backley, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah.

Performance Director Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Culture, People and Places

  • Oversee delivery of the World Class Performance Plan system (Olympic and Paralympic)

  • Oversee delivery of sports science and sports medicine support

  • Management of relationship with UK Sport and EIS

  • Continuation of management of culture


Black will appoint the new UKA Head Coach as one of his first duties –

Head Coach Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Coaching

  • Close personal liaison with all athlete coach pairs who have the potential to make an Olympic or World final

  • Responsible for the coaching environment and management of relationship with coaches

  • Key liaison point for the athlete coach partnership

  • Conduct annual reviews and annual plans with athletes and coaches

  • Head Coach / Team Leader at major senior championships