Our coaches

Dave Hembrough

(Hallam Barbell founder and head coach)

Dave Hembrough is the founder and head coach of Hallam Barbell. Dave has a background as a strength and conditioning coach in high performance sport…

Paul Smith

(Strongman and powerlifting lead coach. Senior Weightlifting coach)

Paul is a Hallam barbell coach and co-founder of the powerlifting and strongman scheme at Hallam University originally titled "Strong Saturdays". Paul is a Human…

Jenny Tong

(Weightlifting Coach and Student Coach)

Jenny is currently doing a degree in International Relations and Politics at The University of Sheffield after training as a Community Arts Practitioner and performer…

Chris Brearley

(Senior Weightlifting coach)

By day Chris is a Porsche motor vehicle technician with 10 years experience. His dedication to training and desire to learn has driven Chris through…

Siobhan Houldridge

(Powerbelle lead coach and weightlifting coach)

Siobhan is a Hallam Barbell coach, a competitive weightlifter and leads the Powerbelle programme. She is a Senior Fitness Instructor and Exercise Referral Specialist at…

Jon Sparkes

(Club secretary and weightlifting coach)

Growing up, Jon always aspired to be bigger and stronger, and always had a keen eye for technical disciplines. Studying Sport and Exercise Science at…

Simon Bowns

(Weightlifting Coach)

Simon is one of our more newly qualified coaches, having completed his BWL Level 1 course in March 2017.  He runs a successful mountain bike…