Know Our Coaches: Peter Kelly
Don’t pick a fight with Peter Kelly. Well, you wouldn’t need me to tell you that once you see him. Having signed on as Sports Science Lead at the ICC Academy, Peter is a former rugby player who arrives in Dubai following a long career in helping athletes develop their physiques in order to prepare them for the gruelling nature of sport.
Our Sport Science Lead at the ICC Academy, Peter’s work sees him work closely with our Warriors as he enhances their endurance which help them deal with the challenges they face on the pitch.
He is also Strength and Conditioning Coach to the UAE National Cricket Team, and was instrumental in their improvement over the past year or so, which was witnessed by all when they were able to endure the hot, sultry conditions in Australia and New Zealand during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
An honours graduate in Sports Science from the University of Otago in New Zealand, Peter’s first steps in Strength and Conditioning took place when he assisted the development of the Otago rugby squad that participated in the Air New Zealand Cup.
It is said that careers often take you places, and that is certainly the case with the Antipodean’s career. He traversed hemispheres to play professional rugby before chalking out for himself a career in sport science as Rugby Strength and Conditioning coach at the King’s School in Canterbury, England.
During his time in the British Isles, Peter received his accreditations from the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. It was also while in Britain that Peter came to be associated with the gentleman’s game.
After four years in the UK, Peter’s calling came when he was appointed Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Kent County Cricket Club where he lead the strength and conditioning programme before moving base to the Dubai a year ago.
Having intimately familiarised himself with the development of athletes across all age groups, Peter’s unique and invaluable expertise will give the next generation of athletes at the ICC Academy the physical endurance they need to achieve sporting excellence.