Mike Fountain, is the driving force of Speed Development Project. Mike has spent the vast majority of his life helping others. His curiosity in understanding how people think, move, learn, understand and communicate underpin his philosophy in helping others. His philosophy is holistic in that both the mind and body are trained equally in order to improve performance. Simply put, it's about teaching, educating, training and giving people the space and opportunity to be better whilst applying the latest underpinning scientific knowledge alongside best practice.
He is influenced from world leaders in the fields of sport, education, personal development, communication, relationships and more which he combines into all his coaching and work.
Mike originally trained as a mechanical engineer, before studying psychology, business development, athletics and strength and conditioning.
He is a British Athletics level 3 Event Group Coach in Sprints as well as being a British Athletics Physical Preparation (Strength and Conditioning) coach.
Mike's work has seen him working in private, corporate and public businesses helping them identify ways in which they can improve performance.
As a sprints coach he has developed and coached junior Irish and Northern Irish champions.
Mike regularly coaches players within team sports such as football, rugby, GAA, hockey who have gone on to play at the highest age grade standards.
Kevin Gallagher, assists in delivering the speed camps and team fitness programs. He is an accredited Strength and Conditioning (S&C) coach with the United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association, and holds a Masters Degree in Strength and Conditioning from St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham.
With more than 25 years experience as an athlete, academic and coach, he is currently providing S&C support to the Northern Ireland women’s international football squad.
His practical experience has seen him providing S&C and coaching within a range of sports such as:
- NW Cricket Union “Future Warriors” academy
- University of Ulster elite student athletes (Rowing)
- Sport NI performance pathway programmes (judo, wrestling, fencing, hockey)
- Ulster Rugby (Club) u17 RDS & under 18 squads
Additionally, Kevin has presented at coach education workshops and conferences on behalf of:
- Sport NI
- Derry City Council (‘Coachmark’ project)
- Irish Football Association
- Irish Rugby Football Union (Ulster)
- Irish Amateur Boxing Association