Mike Hughes

Director of Elite Sport

Mike Hughes has been working in elite level sport for over 15 years, and has had the privilege of being an integral part of some outstanding teams, including:

  • British and Irish Lions
  • Senior England Rugby Team
  • British Cycling
  • England Squash

His experience ranges from Performance Analysis to managing a number of innovative projects across sports science such as materials development, performance demands, biomechanics, aerodynamics, software and hardware development.

Mike worked as Lead Performance Analyst at British Cycling for four years (2004-2008) working with an extremely driven, high performance inter-disciplinary team striving for the accumulation of marginal gains. Mike provided support for 10 World Championships, 14 World Cup Events, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Through this period British Cycling gained 24 World titles, five Commonwealth gold medals and eight Olympic gold medals.

He joined PGIR, as it was then known, in 2008. Mike has designed and implemented all data collection and processing protocols from the RFU Senior team down through the Pathway. He was part of the England management team at the 2011 & 2015 Rugby World Cups, for 8 Six Nations tournaments including 2 wins and 1 Grand Slam and was part of the touring party to Australia in 2016 where England won a series there for the first time in their history. He was also a Senior Performance Analyst on the British Lions Tour in 2013 where the Lions won a test series for the first time in 16 years, and for the first time in Australia in 24 years.

Over the last five years Mike retained his connection with Olympic sport by becoming a Performance Analyst Consultant for the English Institute of Sport and UK Sport.

Academically Mike has a BSc in Maths and Sport Science, an MSc in Performance Analysis, over 25 published research papers and is accredited to Level 7 by ISPAS.

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