Martin Gleeson Joins AFYA For USA 7s Event

This Saturday 26th May sees AFYA and THE ATHLETE FACTORY join forces to host the USA 7s squad at Chester Rugby Club.

From 1000- 1330 over 150 local junior rugby players will get to experience rugby drills, skills and technical challenges alongside these international legends of the sport.

We are also pleased to announce that we will be joined on the day by Martin Gleeson- former pro rugby league player and both Great Britain and England international. In an illustrious career he won the Super League twice and the Challenge Cup, playing for clubs including Wigan, Huddersfield, St Helens, Warrington, Hull and Salford.

Martin will be running skills sessions for youngsters on the day, offering his vast experience and knowledge on the game, as both a player and a coach.

There are now limited spaces for squads to attend, so if you are part of a youth rugby set up and would like to bring a group of players to the event, find out more about how to apply by clicking here.

AFYA Sports Training Welcomes New Team Member

AFYA has been growing rapidly and has now consolidated this growth with the recruitment of Alex Uprichard, who will lead the business in marketing and business development going forward.

Alex has a Business Studies Degree from Manchester Met University and worked in advertising & partnerships for 15 years at major companies including McCann Erickson, Mediavest and MTV.

After having children, she cofounded website and social media network- Mums in the Know- which gave local tips & hints to make family life easier and kids lives fun in 70 different areas across the UK. The site grew to have over 500,000 readers and social media followers and the company was acquired by Lifecycle Marketing in 2015.

In addition to her work with AFYA, Alex also works with sports specialist physiotherapy practice Harris & Ross, running marketing & business development.

Aswell as having a passion for growing start ups and working with businesses to target audiences effectively, Alex and her family are huge sports enthusiasts. When not playing netball, running or doing yoga, Alex can be found supporting her children and husband in an array of sporting endeavours.

Alex says, ‘I am really excited about the opportunity to work with AFYA- it combines an array of my experience and interest areas- marketing, business development, sport and wellbeing! I look forward to helping grow AFYA into a nationally recognised provider of quality sports coaching and development.’

Find out more about AFYA’s leadership team and coaches by clicking here.