Strength and Conditioning


The New Zealand Strength and Conditioning Accreditation (NZSCA) has been set up under the umbrella of SESNZ, to support New Zealand’s growing strength and conditioning community.

Vision: Fostering excellence in strength and conditioning through evidence-based practice


  • Bring together the current New Zealand based strength and conditioning community
    Create a New Zealand industry standard for strength and conditioning
  • Generate upskilling opportunities for New Zealand based strength and conditioning coaches
  • Provide mentorship for developing strength and conditioning coaches within New Zealand, keeping them engaged and enhancing practice
  • Provide consistently strong strength and conditioning delivery to athletes across the country

NZSCA Levels:

Level 1: Practitioner
Achievement of this level will require course and assessment work to be completed

Level 2: Advanced Practitioner
Achievement of this level will require a number of year practicing strength and conditioning focused on enhancing sports performance

Level 3: Expert Practitioner
Achievement of this level will be decided by peers and require being a leader in the field of New Zealand strength and conditioning

Any Strength & Conditioning queries should be sent to

Upcoming Level one accreditation course – Christchurch

28th & 29th November 2020

Please fill in registration form above

Founding Members

Mat Blair

Masters of Physical Education

Academic Staff (Sport and Exercise) Otago Institute of Sport

World Rugby Strength and Conditioning Consultant

Mark Drury

Masters of Strength and Conditioning

Academic Staff (Sports Coaching) University of Canterbury

Owner of Elite Fit NZ

Nic Gill

PhD in Exercise Physiology

All Black’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Associate Professor (Human Performance) University of Waikato

Keir Hanson

PhD in Sport Science, and Master of Business Administration

Head of High Performance at NZ Netball

Stephen Hotter

Post Grad Dip in Sport Science

Silver Ferns Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Head of Strength and Conditioning HPSNZ

Frans Van der Merwe

Master in Musculoskeletal Exercise Rehabilitation

Academic Staff (Strength & Conditioning) WINTEC

Midlands Hockey Head of Strength and Conditioning

Ruth Naidoo

Master in Health Science

Academic Staff (Sport and Exercise) Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Co-Director at Physical Impact

Jamie Tout

Bachelor of Physical Education

Black Ferns Head Strength and Conditioning coach

VX Sport Performance Director