Worcester Ladies RFC
“Jason joined the coaching team at Worcester Ladies in 2012 and has been a huge asset to the club. Jason’s dedication and passion for rugby is inspiring and his technical knowledge and the lessons he brings to rugby from his background in judo were instrumental in helping the Worcester Ladies 1st XV to win the Premiership title in 2013. Worcester hope to continue to work with Jason for many seasons to come!”
— Karen Jones, Worcester Ladies RFC
“I have been playing rugby since I was 16 and I have always known what training I should be doing and have always thought I pushed myself hard within my sessions. However since I have been training with Jason my strength and fitness is the best it has ever been.
Playing international rugby requires you to make sure you are in peak physical condition when you are in competition phase and Jason’s knowledge and ability to keep learning and adapting has ensured that I am hitting my best when needed. Not only has Jason helped me with my physical attributes as a player he has also helped strengthen my mentality both when I train and play, this has helped me immensely and has given me the ability to train to my absolute maximum and know when I need to taper my sessions.
This has helped with my confidence and mental attitude both on and off the pitch during games and training. I am always striving to be the best athlete I can be and I am not the finished article yet but thanks to Jases help I am a lot closer than I would ever have got on my own.”
—Tracy Balmer, Worcester Ladies RFC, 20 caps for Scotland playing in 3 six nations and world cup qualifiers.
Queen Alexandra College (QAC)
“Queen Alexandra College (a specialist college for adults with Visual Impairments, Autism, and other disabilities) have had the pleasure of working with Jason Allen since 2012 delivering Judo to more than 20 students on a weekly basis. Sessions have been fully inclusive and welcoming of ability and Jason has ensured our learners have been physically challenged as well as engaged in the ‘full on fun’ Judo has to offer.
Judo sessions have been tailored to meet the needs of our more competitive students, enabling individual progression, and Jason has been adept at employing humour to promote discipline and focus. His interpersonal skills have been widely appreciated and have earned him respect from both support staff and students.
Judo has been an essential ‘vehicle’ for students at the college to develop skills in communication, working with unfamiliar others, time keeping and organisation as well as encouraging students to take responsibility for managing behaviours. Jason has provided specific support to learners who may otherwise struggle in one or more of these areas and this has been complimentary to achieving both academic and personal development targets.
Since delivery of Judo began at Queen Alexandra College, we have seen increased levels of physical, mental and emotional well being in our students, along with increased confidences and self esteem and we are delighted that we are able to continue working with Jason in the forthcoming academic year!”
— Gaynor Collett, Sports Coordinator, Queen Alexandra College, Harborne
Life changer, passionate, motivator and thorough are some of the words I would use to describe Jason. About 4 years ago Jason first started coaching me as a track runner but unfortunately I developed shin splints which meant I had to stop running. However, Jason did not give up on me and introduced me to the rowing machine. Since then we have not looked back! Jason is a true inspiration and my biggest role model. He has transformed me from a boy to a man; physically, mentally and emotionally. Jason has been alongside me every step of the way with his encouragement and support. The detailed and carefully mapped training programme, sports psychology, nutritional advice and rehabilitation Jason has prescribed for me has given me the best possible opportunity to fulfil my dreams of competing at elite level in rowing. I am well on the way to achieving my dream as I was selected for the West Midland Performance Squad and I am now building to national trials later this year. I am indebted to Jason for all he has done for me and I hope to continue to work with Jason in the future. Thank you Jason!
— Steven Byford, Inspiring elite rower