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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.



At Celtic Academy, our mission is to break barriers and redefine fitness by providing an inclusive space where individuals of all ages and abilities can experience the training intensity of professional athletes. Founded in 2013 by owner Richard Davies, our gym is a realization of a dream to create an environment that welcomes everyone, devoid of exclusivity.

Our core values revolve around placing the client at the centre of everything we do and we ensure that every aspect of every class is designed to yield life-changing results. We are dedicated to fostering a sense of community and empowerment, where each individual can push their limits and achieve their personal best.

With a pedigree endorsed by hosting elite teams such as those from the 2015 Rugby World Cup and Team GB's Track Cycling team, Celtic Academy stands as a testament to its professional sports-like environment. However, our true strength lies in empowering everyday people to extract maximum value from their dedication and hard work, making Life Changing Training accessible to all.


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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

With over two decades of experience in Wales' top fitness clubs, Richard, the founder of Celtic Academy since October 2015, brings a wealth of knowledge. His original vision remains: to offer quality coaching for anyone aiming to enhance athletic ability or overall health.

As a Level 2 British Triathlon Coach, founder of Trifitness, and active member of Newport East Wales Triathlon (NEWT), Richard's coaching career spans various roles, from launching the 'Kids of Steel' triathlon program to goalkeeping coach for the Somerset FA School of Excellence.

Former footballer turned triathlete, Richard's diverse sporting background, including a venture into Olympic Weightlifting, fuels his passion for coaching and personal development. Currently on the UKSCA accreditation pathway, he dedicates himself to transferring his extensive skills to coaching and education at Celtic Academy.

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