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mick clegg-

Power Development Coach at Manchester United from 2000 - 2011.

Personal coach and trainer for over 36 years

Owner of the Olympic Sports Gym Complex in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater Manchester since 1986 which he runs with his 5 children - Michael, Mark, Steven, Mandy & Shaun.

Past & present clients include Roy Keane, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Mike Eade, Kyle Howarth, Matt Gilks and Aaron Cook.

Founder of Seed Of Speed

Director of Sports Performance Innovation

A member of the scientific advisory board for CogniSens Athletics.

Trained the England lacrosse team.

Ran an Olympic boxing club for 14 years

Coached and lectured in schools & colleges in and around Greater Manchester. 

Specialist In

  • Cognitive Processing Under Extreme Physical Activity

  • Endurance Capacity

  • Power Development

  • Strength & Conditioning

  • Speed

  • Reaction

  • Cognition

  • Strength Training

  • Personal Training

  • Rehabilitation

  • Injury Prevention

  • Lifestyle Coaching

  • Fast Feet

  • Athletics

  • Athletic Training

Mick Clegg (otherwise known as Mike or Michael Clegg Senior) has been interested in health and fitness since the teenager. He began working in a gym in his late teens and by the age of 25 he was owner of the Olympic Sports Gym in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater Manchester. Within this gym he ran an Olympic boxing club for 14 years, and taught Olympic lifting. He produced Olympic lifting teams from schoolboys to international level with over 30 boys starting from never having lifted a bar to top level. He also was very active in the community coaching in schools and lecturing and colleges in and around greater Manchester.

Mick has been a personal coach and trainer all his professional life, mainly working from his Olympic Sports Gym. He has had an exceptional career history working with top-class athletes from all round the world in most major sports, including football, taekwondo, Golf and speedway. He even trained the England lacrosse team.

It was working with his sons, Michael and Stephen, in power development that the boys were noticed by scouts for Manchester United football club and both were signed to the youth teams. Michael went on to play in the first team and Stephen with the reserves. It was Mick's work with his children giving them extra power and strength that got noticed by the coaching staff at Manchester United and in 2000 he joined the coaching staff in a unique position at that time of strength and conditioning coach. This position gradually evolved into what Mick now calls a "Power Development Coach".

Since leaving Manchester United Mick has not only featured worked with many athletes (he has a very busy diary) he has also featured in many interviews and articles relating to his career past and present. During his career he has worked not only with the first team of Manchester United, he has also had extensive experience working with youth teams. He has a great ability to work with adults as well as children, his encouragement and enthusiasm coupled with his very straightforward, forthright tone and manner enables him to get the best out of anyone who trains with this Manchurian coach.

Mick has had extensive experience in working with many different elite athletes including Aaron Cook (Taekwondo), Matt Gilks (Goalkeeper), Kyle Howarth (Speedway), Mike Eade (Kickboxing), Warrington Wolves (Rugby Team), Manchester Titans (American Football Team) as well as others including golfing and of course football.

Michael Clegg

michael clegg-


Manchester United Defender 1995-2000

Sunderland A.F.C. Strength & Conditioning Coach 2006 - 2018

Mike was a former defender at Manchester United football club. He began his football career as a trainee with Manchester United and signed the apprentice forms two days after his sixteenth birthday in July 1993.


He was a member of the 1995 FA Youth Cup-winning side, playing at center-half in the first leg of the final. He also won The Reserve Team Player of the Year for Season 1997/98.


He turned professional soon afterwards, he signed a professional contract in July 1995 and he was pro for 7 years. He was captain of the reserves, where he captained United's reserve team to their Manchester Senior Cup Final victory over Oldham Athletic and played 23 times for the first team.

During his time at Manchester United Mike also made appearances for England’s U21’s. He made his first team debut on 23 November 1996 in the Premiership game away to Middlesbrough which finished as a 2–2 draw. He retained his place in the side for the following week's League (Coca Cola) Cup visit to Leicester City,  where his performance earned him rave reviews.  

He played in four FA Premier League games in the 1996-97 season and although United were champions for the fourth time in fifth season it was not enough for a title winner's medal. He managed a further three appearances in 1997-98 when United were trophy less for only the second time in the decade. 

During the 1998/99 season, his first team chances were restricted to Worthington Cup fixtures. Michael found it hard to break into the First Team making just five appearances in 1999/2000 campaign. This was when United won their sixth title in eight seasons, but once again Mike failed to meet the required number of appearances for a title winner's medal.


Having gained first team experience at United, Mike then spent a time on loan at Ipswich Town, Wigan Athletic before joining Oldham Athletic. In his first season, Oldham qualified for the Division two playoffs, but at that time the club then went into Administration and Mike helped a heavily shaped squad from relegation in his final season. He retired from professional football at the tender age of 27.

After he retired he was personally chosen and appointed by former team mate/manager Roy Keane in the autumn of 2006 to take on the role as Sunderland’s strength and conditions coach. Mike Clegg joined Sunderland as strength and conditioning coach in October 2006 till 2018.

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