About us

Ascend is an Athlete Performance & Injury Rehabilitation team of experts based in Brighton and Hove, Sussex. Soon to have our own facility, watch this space!

We provide an elite level of service, based on our years of experience working in professional sports, to athletes and individuals of all levels. We’re a friendly team of strength & conditioning coaches, physios and sports therapists who put your needs first, so you can maximise your performance and return from any injury with full confidence that you are fitter, faster and stronger than you were before.

Our Team

Matt Dickens MSc ASCC

Performance & Rehab Director

Matt has worked in professional sports for over 10 years; with Olympic champions & international rugby players to world-class motorsport racers & alpine skiers. He is an accredited coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, has an MSc in Strength & Conditioning from St Mary’s University and a wealth of science-based knowledge in all areas of human performance.

Matt’s skills lie in getting the best out of people.  He loves coaching speed & agility, making gains that actually transfer to performance in your sport and rehabilitating injuries back to a fitter, faster & stronger position than you were before.

“I’m grateful to have supported some incredible people push the limits of human performance over the last decade.  In some cases, not long after suffering “near career ending” injuries.  Now I’m thrilled to combine my knowledge and skills with Rob and our team; to work with more individuals aspiring to be their best, whilst working closer to home and delivering an elite level of service that I’m truly proud of.”

Rob Nitman BSc ASCC

Programme & Coaching Director

Rob is an accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach (UKSCA) who’s been working in the S&C industry since 2014, with roles varying from professional Rugby Union to Higher Education institutions such as leading the athletic development at Eastbourne College and The University of Brighton.

Rob’s motto is “Don’t just train, perform!” He believes that the improvements we make in the gym have got to make a difference to your performance in the sporting arena.  Rob’s mission is to create an environment for athletes to maximise their potential and believes we have everything you need to do just that at Ascend.

James Pickard BOst

Acute & Chronic Injury Management

James is our mechanical Osteopath, rehabilitation, and movement specialist. Using a combination of manual treatment, massage, corrective exercise and functional neurology, he aims to quickly bring about supportive changes within your body, that allow it to do its thing…Repair.

Caitlin Leggett

Sports Injury Rehabilitation

Acute & Chronic Injury Management | BASRaT

Caitlin is the resident Sports Rehabilitation Practitioner at Brighton Rugby Club. She is well equipped to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate people suffering from musculoskeletal pain, injury or illness. She specialises in exercise based rehabilitation and manual therapy to enhance recovery.

Sam Rents

Sports Massage & Soft Tissue Therapy

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Where we are

Underground Gym, Portslade (Matt)

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Brighton Rugby Club (Matt)

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Underground Gym, Newhaven (Rob)

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Brighton University (Rob)

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