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Australia's Leading Athletic Development Program for Sports Players


Podcast excerpt (0.48) : "Our kids don't play enough anymore... movement issues in our developing youth"

Latest News, Blogs & Podcasts

ASSA News and Ranell’s Latest Blogs

Keep up with the latest events, classes, workshops, and news from the Academy of Sport Speed and Agility.

Ranells Latest Blogs / Articles


By Ranell Hobson CSCS Sprinting skills of soccer players is becoming of vital importance as the game and the players are becoming faster (Haugen et al, 2014; Wallace & Norton, 2014) and the amount of sprinting required within a game is ever increasing (Andrzejewski, et al. 2013; Di Salvo et al, 2010). Straight line acceleration…

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Traditional Phases of the 100m The 100m sprint has four distinct phases that should be addressed by the coach – the start, the acceleration phase, the transition phase and the maximum velocity phase (Winkleman, 2009). The acceleration out of the blocks is depicted by a piston action of the legs (triple extension of the hips,…

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By Ranell Hobson The game of Netball comprises of explosive short acceleration, vertical propulsion, catching, passing, defending and shooting where a team’s success is largely dependent on their ability to maintain and take possession of the ball and accurately shoot to score points. In the modern game, Netballers accelerate, sprint, decelerate, stop, change direction and…

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Speed is a complex component of athleticism, but one that EVERYONE WANTS. The pillars of explosive Speed are: SPRINT TECHNIQUE Sprint Technique – Athletes who apply the most force relative to body mass and in the right direction, are faster athletes.  Without efficient sprinting technique you lose a lot of force as energy leaks. Athletes…

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Latest Podcast with Ranell @FootballPathwaysAU - January 2019 (excerpts)


*** Ranell was just interviewed by Kikoff Football Pathways Australia for a podcast about running mechanics, acceleration, cueing for coaches and a host of other information that she happily shares. It has been getting excellent feedback worldwide. For access to the audio please click the button below : ”

*** Ranell was recently interviewed on “Behind the Game” podcast where she talks about Sprinting in Australian Football. Click below to be taken to the interview :

Ranell was recently interviewed by the PaceyPerformance Podcast UK, a service for knowledge sharing by elite coaches from all over the world. Click below to be taken to the website and listen to her sharing coaching hints, tips and tricks for speed and COD excellence.

Ranell Hobson, Training Director

Ranell Hobson Coaching Director, ASSA
M.Sp.Coach, B.SpSc & Coach, CSCS, ASCA L2, ATFCA L3

“Ranell is an expert in Speed” – Des Ryan, Head of Sports Science and Athletic Development, Arsenal FC Academy UK

Watch Ranell explain how to perform the Open/Shut the Gate warmup drill correctly

Video of Ranell training a Rugby League player in the pre-season:

Ranell discussing how elite athletes make running look effortless:


Ranell Hobson has over 20 years experience coaching athletes, building overall athleticism and explosive sport speed. She is also currently training and competing at the highest international level for sprints. As such, she is in the unique position of not only knowing what she is talking about, but also actively pursuing excellence in speed on the worldwide stage for herself.

THERE IS A REAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPEED TRAINING FOR TRACK ATHLETES AND SPORTS TEAMS PLAYERS, Ranell has researched this thoroughly to ensure her programs are specifically suited to the athlete’s needs for their chosen sport. The ASSA Sport Speed System of programs that she has created, focus on movement competency and force transfer for explosive speed, they create strength and on-field explosive power. Every athlete gets faster following Ranell's programs.

Ranell completed her Masters in Sports Coaching at UQ (University of Queensland) with a GPA of 6.5. Alongside this is her degree is Sport Science and Coaching and a myriad of other qualifications including:  CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), ASCA L2 (Australian Strength & Conditioning Association) & ATFCA L3 (Australian Track and Field Coaches Association) qualifications.  Ranell is also an award winning teacher and presenter.

Ranell has presented workshops and courses all over the world, most notably at youth academies of EPL clubs Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion and Wigan Athletic. She has also consulted to Australian teams in the NRL, AFL and A-League competitions as well as preparing numerous individual players for overseas contracts or trials. She also works with Little Athletics clubs and regional sports as well as non-professional athletes. In short she is a greatly respected and in huge demand at all levels of field and court based sports all over the world. It is not the level of the player she is working with that matters, but rather the level she can get them to.

Ranell brings to her workshops and courses an environment that facilitates discussion and coach interaction, where evidence-based coaching is paramount and participation is encouraged.

Ranell coaches select individuals ($150/hr) and teams ($250/hr) these sessions are held at Blacktown International Sports Park and Homebush. Team coaching can be held on-site at the Clubs facility if required. These can be organised via or by calling Kip on 0414 706 482 with your enquiry.

Ranell is also able to assess your current speed and changeof direction mechanics in a group setting (4 people maximum at $75 each attendee) or a solo session ($150). These sessions are usually held at Blacktown International Sportspark and can be arranged via depending on her availability.

Videos of Ranell Hobson Coaching

Speed Assessments in Adelaide 2016

Coaching Premier League netball GWS Fury 2017

Teaching warm-ups to NPL1 Soccer Players

ASSA Coaches

Click on the Coaches Pictures below to view their Coaching Locations and CVs.

New South Wales (Sydney and Newcastle/Forster)

  • Robyn Suttor

    Training Areas : Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, Homebush.

    Click WMAC Robyns Lyon 2015 Newsletter for access to a newsletter featuring Robyn’s staggering success at the 2015 World Masters Indoor Championships in winning a Bronze medal for Australia !
    * Diploma of Fitness
    * CIV Pilates Instructor
    * ATFCA L2 Running Coach
    * ASSA Sport Speed for Coaches Course
    * Masters Athlete in Sprints and Hurdles with multiple NSW State & Australian Titles and Records

  • Daniel Brown

    Training Areas : The Hills areas and Blacktown International Sportspark (Athletics Track).

    * Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science
    * CIV in Fitness (Personal Trainer)
    * CIII in Fitness (Gym Instructor)
    * 1st/2nd grade cricketer Hawkesbury Cricket Club – Sydney Grade Cricket Competition
    * First Class Cricket (Cambridge, England)
    * Selected to be a Practice Net Bowler in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
    * ASSA Sport Speed for Coaches Course

  • Nathan Kenny

    Training Areas : Camden (Mondays), Penrith (Wednesdays and Saturdays), West Hoxton (Fridays).

    * Bachelor of Physical education (UOW)
    * CIV in Fitness (Personal Trainer)
    * Sydney Swans NEAFL – 3 seasons, Southport, QLD – 1 season.
    * currently playing for St George in the Sydney AFL
    * Sydney AFL representative side in 2015 against the Canberra AFL rep side.
    * Previously as Sydney Swans Academy coaching staff 2012-’14 before joining ASSA.
    * ASSA Sport Speed for Coaches Course

  • Mick Byers

    Training Area : Darlinghurst.

    * Masters in Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning).

    * ASCA L2 Strength and Conditioning Coach

    * B. App. Sci (Sport and Exercise Science)

    * Strength and Conditioning Coach - Western Sydney Wanderers WSW A League Football Club

    * Athletic Performance Specialist, Strength and Rehab, GWS Giants AFL Club

    * Conditioning Coach - Penrith Panthers U20, Cronulla Sharks, ARU Western Force Academy.

  • Jackson Tisdell

    Training Area : Taree, Boronia Park, Forster.

    * Podiatrist graduated from University of Newcastle 2017. High Distinctions in Advanced Anatomy and Biomechanics
    * Level 2 Sports Trainer with Sports Medicine Australia
    * AFL player for Newcastle City Blues in AFL Hunter Coast competition.
    * former Under 18s and Junior representative player
    * ASSA Sports Speed for Coaches Course
    * Australian Track and Field Coaches Association Level 1 Accredited Coach.

South Australia (Adelaide)

  • Deborah (Deb) Green

    Training Area : Adelaide, South Australia.

    * Bachelor Degree in Sport Studies
    * ASCA L1 Strength and Conditioning Coach
    * ATFCA L1 Athletics Coach
    * Accredited Personal Trainer
    * Diploma in Sport and Exercise Nutrition
    * Representative Basketball Player (12 years)
    * Fitness Trainer for the Australian Kookaburras LaCrosse team’s USA tour.
    * ASSA Sport Speed for Coaches Workshop

  • Patrick Jonczyk

    Training Area : Adelaide, SA

    * Strength and Conditioning Coach Basketball SA
    * Research Assistant - University of South Australia
    * Bachelor of Human Movement - University of South Australia
    * Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSA)
    * Premier League and State Basketball playing experience.

  • Jay Collison

    Fresh from the UK where Jay was lastly Head of Academy S & C at Southend United FC, he is quickly getting used to the warmer weather here and is already working with future sporting superstars within the ASSA training system at Ellis park in the CBD.

    With a MSc in Sport Science and BSc First Class with Honors in Sport and Exercise Science from The University of Essex, he also has an excellent coaching history to complement his academic prowess.

    His coaching availabilities with ASSA are filling up quickly so if you are looking to improve your first step explosive speed, mobility and athleticism then call Deb in the office on (02) 8310 9946 without delay. 

Leeming, Perth (WA)

  • Joe Swan

    Training Area : Southern Cricket Facility, Leeming, Perth, Western Australia.

    •  Studying Post Graduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science
    •  ASCA Level 1
    •  Head S&C at Southern Cricket
    •  Senior Coach at Claremont-Nedlands Cricket Club (WA Premier Cricket)
    • Assisted East Perth Football Club S&C/rehab team (WAFL)



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Products We Use By Choice.

“TR3 – Total Recovery”
Gen-Tec Nutrition




This is the post workout recovery supplement that Ranell uses and has found it to be the best she has ever had. You will always find this mixture in her workout bag. After much discussion with the founder of Gen-Tec Nick Jones regarding suitability for sports teams usage, she can now wholeheartedly recommend it as worthy of your attention.


GEN-TEC NUTRITION’S “TR3” (Total Recovery Phase 3) is an advanced Post Workout Recovery Formula designed for bodybuilders, fitness competitors and strength training athlete’s with a goal of improved recovery, increased strength and lean muscle mass.

PROTEINS: TR3 contains the worlds fastest digesting proteins of Free Form Amino Acids, Di and Tri Peptide’s (hydrolised WPI) and WPI for a fast and direct replenishment of the body’s amino acid pool to create a Positive Nitrogen Balance.

CARBOHYDRATES: Gen-Tec’s sustained release carbohydrate blend of 85% maltodextrin, 10% fructose and 5% dextrose monohydrate is a tried and tested formula to support maximum Glycogen Replenishment and create the Crucial Anabolic Drive post exercise. Chromium Picolinate has been added to support insulin sensitivity thereby enhancing the anabolic (muscle building) effect.

Ranell also uses the Myo-Insure as a morning activation drink.

Full information about these 2 products and the other Gen-Tec offerings can be found on their official web-site - the link is above.

“Trainer Roller and Recoil 360 Bungee ”
SKLZ Australia

Visit for all of your speed and agility equipment needs.

We use SKLZ equipment for all of our practical sessions in courses or when training in the Academy. We have found this equipment to be without flaw and more than equal to the demands that Ranell’s programs place upon them.

Whether foam-rolling before or after a session, creating resistance through use of their Recoil 360 bungee, or challenging the athletes with drills involving the mini-hurdles, SKLZ equipment has always performed at the highest level.

The company statement is below:

“SKLZ offers a wide selection of training equipment and programs to hone and fine-tune your athletic training for any sport. We offer performance training equipment specially designed to increase your speed, vertical jump, strength, agility, flexibility and increase your responsiveness. As well many products will support your muscle maintenance program and help to work on your soft tissue.

You can warm-up with our Mini-Bands and the variety of our Barrel Rollers, train with our innovative Speed Hurdles, Quick Ladders and for example Super Sandbag and afterwards you recover with the Massage Bar and various Accu products like the AccuBall or the AccuStrap that will help you recover quicker.”

To compete effectively in the world’s most popular sports, you need well-trained skills, plenty of practice and in-depth knowledge of the game. That is where SKLZ comes in. We offer the most advanced training equipment because we are passionate about innovation. Our training products can help you refine your talents, develop an effective training routine, and sharpen your unique skills to a fine edge. ”

Recovery Systems - use code ASSA10 for 10% off your purchase - 3 day delivery to Australia

Recovery Systems supercharges recovery by using active compression to accelerate the body´s healing and recovery process by eliminating metabolic waste, decrease inflammation and speed up the delivery of nutrients for repair to the muscles faster than any traditional mode of recovery, massage or rest alone.

If you haven't tried our intermittent pneumatic compression device to increase your circulation, you're missing out! We'll make you feel fresher, faster, better!

Recovery Systems uses active compression to speeds up the bodies natural recovery process by accelerating the elimination of the waste and the healing process for recovery and gains faster than any traditional mode of recovery, compression socks, massage or rest alone.

In other words – out with the bad, in with the good.

Ranell getting some Recovery in between Expro2019 Sessions


Ranell was so impressed she bought one on the spot !