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Celtic Academy is a results driven Life Changing Training facility based at the world famous Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales. A facility that would rival many professional sports clubs is open to anyone and everyone as long as you have a training goal.


Just like you won’t find any mirrors up at Celtic Academy HQ, you won’t find any fads or fashionable training regimes. What you will find however are structured classes to suit everyone’s ability and needs, you’ll find all the equipment you need and none of the equipment you don’t need and finally, you’ll find a hard working group of coaches whose attention to detail helps build a gym environment that once experienced is hard to leave behind.


Founded in the summer of 2013, Celtic Academy was a long term dream that became reality for owner Richard Davies who wanted to create a gym like he’d experienced on his travels but one that came without the exclusivity of only being accessible to professional athletes. He wanted to create a space that everyone, regardless of age and ability was welcome to come to and experience what it is like to train as if you were a professional sports person.


It’s that core value that lies behind everything that Celtic Academy is about. From the Junior Academy through to the late night Express MetCon classes, everything is designed and implemented with the client/user/athlete at its centre and their life changing results as its driver.


The gym’s pedigree as an environment similar to that you’d find in a professional sports environment has been reinforced by the calibre of teams that have used the gym as their training base whilst on their travels. From the teams of the 2015 Rugby World Cup to Team GB’s Track Cycling team during their prep for Rio 2016, the gym comfortably holds its own when world class athletes are in house, but is at its best when full of everyday people looking to get more back from the hard work and dedication they put in to their Life Changing Training.

Richard Davies

Having spent the last 20 years working in some of Wales premium fitness clubs as both a fitness consultant and manager, Rich has amassed a wealth of knowledge. Celtic Academy was reformed in October 2015 with Richard as the sole proprietor, the original ethos to provide quality coaching for anyone with an aim or goal to improve their athletic ability or general health is still the driving force behind the business 


Rich is a Level 2 British Triathlon Coach and in 2008 founded Trifitness, a specialist triathlon coaching business based just outside of Newport. Also working with British Triathlon as a race director on local and national races and external verifier on BTF coach education programs.


Richard can be seen regularly coaching at his local triathlon club Newport East Wales Triathlon (NEWT) of which he is a founder member and senior coach, he still competes both locally and internationally.


One of the highlights of Rich’s coaching career was ‘rolling out” the inaugural ‘ Kids of Steel’ triathlon program to schools around the UK (2007) and for 2 years held the position of goalkeeping coach for the Somerset FA School of excellence.


This variety of roles has given Richard a wide range of skills, which he is now able to transfer to his coaching and education work.


A former footballer turned triathlete, more recently trying his hand at Olympic Weightlifting to add to the list of sporting past times,  his passion lays in coaching and developing himself and others.


Rich is currently undertaking the UKSCA accreditation pathway.



HNC sports science

Level 3 Reps personal trainer

Level 2RFU Strength & Conditioning Coach for Sport

Level 2 British Triathlon coach

Level 2 Welsh Weightlifting coach

ASA Level 2 Award in Coaching Open Water Swimming

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