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Writtle Performance Centre

Based at ARU in Writtle, the Writtle Performance Centre works with athletes of all abilities, offering expert advice and access to industry-standard equipment.

Whether you're starting out and want to assess your athletic strengths and weaknesses, returning to training after a break, or want to improve your performance, we're here to help.

Using the equipment in the Sport Science Laboratory, our team of experts will help you get the most out of your training by giving you a full assessment.

We work with athletes who are looking to build a training plan, or recover from sports-related injuries. Our laboratory, which runs a range of specialist tests, has been used by high-level endurance athletes such as elite runners, cyclists and triathletes.

Our services

Laboratory testing

Our standard laboratory testing involves completing an incremental cycle or incremental treadmill test.

From the tests, we can determine your maximal aerobic capacity and the power associated with that point and lots more. After your visit, you will receive a comprehensive report, detailing your physiological response to each stage/intensity of the test.

Body composition

The amount of body fat and the distribution of that fat, as well as lean mass levels and water levels can tell us a lot about health and potential imbalances or health risks that may be present.

Our assessment covers a number of different areas of body composition and you will be presented with a PDF with your results in relation to norms and averages of similar populations accounting for gender, ethnicity etc. As well as this, we also offer Skinfold analysis.

Mental skills consultation

Although many mental toughness and skills can be learned through clinics and group presentations, some athletes/performers prefer working individually with a mental skills consultant.

Whether you are seeking to maximise an already high level of performance, are underperforming and want to improve, or are dealing with personal issues that interfere with your satisfaction or success, we can discuss your situation in more depth and offer individualised solutions.

Athlete education and school workshops

We offer a range of workshops for clubs and schools, giving students the opportunity to get involved and learn about the practical aspects of sport science.

We can offer a variety of curriculum-based sessions including Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Sport Psychology and more.

We're also able to create bespoke sessions specific to your club's or school's needs.

Performance analysis

To achieve continued success, coaches and players need to understand what game plans, strategies and changes have been successful or unsuccessful. We can help you with this.

Using sport performance analysis, these observations are based on measured statistics rather than guess work or gut feeling, thus giving a more accurate measure.

Nutrition consultation

The impact of nutrition in sport is often underestimated, but ultimately it creates the foundation for the ability of any athlete to make energy, recover from and adapt to the training load and its environment.

At the Writtle Performance Centre we offer nutrition consultations to discuss and work towards your goals.

Price list

  • Cycling test: £100
  • Run test: £100
  • Tri package: £150
  • Testing reports: £25
  • Body composition: £75
  • ISAK body composition: £100
  • Team-based field tests: from £300
  • Health testing (includes body comp, RMR, blood testing, cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides): £200
  • Force plates – can include jump height, asymmetry: £60
  • Human track – can monitor human movement for stability, asymmetry, ROM nd built-in training programmes (real-time data): £60
  • Hamstring force production: £60

Prices are for testing; package prices can be arranged. Analysis of data can be done at an additional cost.

  • Nutrition consultations: price per enquiry
  • Mental skills consultations: price per enquiry

  • Filming: from £90 per game
  • Film/crop and tag: from £180 per game
  • Crop and tag film sent to us: from £120 per game
  • GPS (as a bolt-on to filming): from £50 per game

Workshops from a portfolio of sessions.

Half day: three hours, from 9.30am. Includes one school lab sessions.

Full-day: five hours, 9.30am-2pm. Includes two school lab sessions.

  • Up to 20 group size: £150 (half day); £200 (full day)
  • Over 20 group size: £7.50 per pupil (half day); £10 per pupil (full day)
  • Group size 15-30 pupils: £20 per pupil
  • Bespoke workshops: price per enquiry

Contact us

Writtle Performance Centre
Centre for Sport and Health
Lordship Road
Essex CM1 3RR

Email [email protected]