Building the Athlete within the Player

  • Sydney : (+61) 02 8310 9946
  • Adelaide : (+61) 08 7477 7967
  • International : (+61) 412 632 544

Australia's Leading Athletic Development Program for Sports Players


Individual and Small Groups Training

Regardless of the sport, the ability to rapidly and efficiently accelerate, decelerate, change direction and move a body segment or the entire body rapidly is a nearly universal and essential element of success

At the Academy of Sport Speed and Agility we focus on perfecting the explosive acceleration that gets you to the ball first, or allows you to hit the line at your maximum speed possible.


Our specialised training programs and excellent team of coaches will get you running faster, for longer, through perfect speed and efficient movement mechanics.


These specific programs are best for 1 on 1 solo sessions ($99) or in groups up to 4 attendees ($38).

"Just a short note to thank both yourself and Carlo for the work you have done with Grace over the past few months. With the assistance of ASSA and the impact it has had on her fitness, confidence and determination, she has now been successful in selection in the Women’s State League soccer competition for next year. This has been an enjoyable and valuable experience for Grace who has learned a great deal about the value of good preparation in pursuing the goals that you set yourself in life and she looks forward to continuing her training."

Tony Chambers

“My grandson 9 yrs is currently participating in your speed and agility program. I have Level 2 and awaiting my Level 3 coaching accreditation for sprints, hurdles and relays but I knew I would find it difficult coaching my grandson. He had some sprint issues that I was unable to resolve. The coaching he is receiving is excellent. The program is excellent as after a few months the improvement in my grandsons sprint mechanics is changing for the better… well done ASSA!

Lynn Van Putten (Grandson Ashton 9 yr old Soccer)

“Amir had the skills and the IQ for soccer, but there was still something missing. After working with you guys… he is finding it much easier to move on the field. I must say his play has definitely changed, doing your training. Your training has improved Amir’s performance on the field and thats a fact.”

Name withheld by request

“I would like to thank you both and Mori for the time and information we received from attending ASSA for the short time Manu was there. We still practice the stretches and strength training programme including the techniques Mori taught him to correct his running style. I would like to think this helped with him been successful in his re- trials at Blacktown City.”

Name withheld by request

“Just wanted to thank you for the progress you have made with Stephen. He had a game yesterday and a few of the parents commented on how fast he was… no parent knew about the fact that he has been doing sprint training. We both noticed that he is getting quicker to the ball and is not letting players get away from him. He has developed lots of confidence and self-belief also. I can’t wait to see how quick he will get to with continued training sessions. Thanks for your awesome job! We told the parents it was thanks to about 6 sessions of sprint training and they were quite amazed. Thanks again.”

Name withheld by request

“I have to inform you that we are unable to continue Daniel’s ASSA training due to other commitments. We are very sorry as we started seeing improvements in his technique. Thank you very much for all the advice and training. Please know we were very happy with ASSA and we are happy to recommend ASSA to any parent who is seeking specialist speed training for their child.”

Robert Sestan

“Hi guys, I just thought I should let you know that we found out last night that Lachlan made it through to regionals for his sprints. A huge effort considering he wouldn’t even have made it to the finals for zone before he started the program with ASSA. So thanks for your efforts.”

Brooke Casserley

“Our son Thomas started the ASSA Sprint and Agility program in August. We have been delighted with the progress he has made. His speed has improved considerably to the point where other parents within his Soccer team have made comment as how fast he is. At a recent youth league trial one of the comments made by the coach was how fast he is and he at one stage ran down a state sprinter which got the coaches attention and assisted in his selection in this team. Daniel his coach has been excellent and Thomas has really responded to him, he has also been taking an interest in Thomas and asked him about his games and how he has been going at his trials and building great rapport between them. We can highly recommend ASSA as professionally run and gets results, basically the improvement we were told to expect after his initial assessment has occurred and more. Thanks Ranell, Kip, and Daniel.”

Steven (Surname withheld by request)

“My son Josh has been doing the ASSA program for the fourth week and I can see with my own eye how much speed he has put on. Josh is playing Oztag and in the A division for the off-season and in the last 2 games he has scored 4 tries when the teams total was 5. It just shows it was not just luck and I would recommend this program to anyone that is serious about running fast.”

Michael So (Son Joshua 16 yr old Rugby Union)

“Brodie (14) began at ASSA well over a year ago when he decided to concentrate all of his efforts into one sport – Rugby League. With a background in sprints he wanted to not only improve his explosive speed but also his agility as athletics is about running in a straight line. Rugby League requires not only speed but the ability to use that speed while changing direction. Training with Alex from ASSA he has seen a notable improvement in both and has recently achieved his goal of being selected in the Sydney Roosters Harold Matthews squad.”

Melanie Vassallo (mother of Brodie and Chaise)

Team Training

ASSA Team/Club Pre-Season Coaching.

Working with Coaches to help Players achieve their Maximum Athletic Potential.

”An outstanding pre-season program….. “
Jason Eager, Technical Director Northern Tigers FC – NPL 1 and 2 Male and Female Soccer (Football)

Team Training Benefits

The ASSA training system has been designed for progressive athletic development in speed mechanics, acceleration and force production (strength) to make you run faster, for longer. Based upon decades of experience and world-class research, we specialise in youth long term development for explosive sport speed and reduction in injury through perfect movement mechanics. The programs are a huge success for all field and court based sports players aged 9 and above and are easily implemented into your pre or post season training plans.

“It was great to meet you guys. Please reiterate to Ranell that I received some great feedback on the session, and that the department really enjoyed and took a lot from the workshop.”

Will Abbot

Brighton Hove Albion FC Academy

“I really enjoyed having you visit – the work is being implemented and sparked excellent discussions within the team which is great news for me.”

Alek Gross

Southampton FC Head of Academy.

“Ranell is an expert in speed”

Des Ryan

Arsenal FC Academy Head of Athletic Development

“Ranell’s knowledge & application is phenomenal”

James Baker

Aspire Academy Qatar, Formerly ProFormance Uk and ChildtoChampion UK conference convenor.

Ranell at Melbourne City FC Australia, September 2018


8 Weeks to Speed

ASSA 8 Weeks to Speed – Transform Yourself !

”Specially condensed and intense 8 week program for pre-season and time poor players. For ages 13+ only.
Designed for maximum results in minimum time. Its the Ranell way !

ASSA’s special 8 week intense and condensed Speed and Agility program.

Remarkable changes in just a few months.

Transform your game in the off-season and be a whole new athlete next time you play.

****** Online version now available to purchase. Including 2 warmups, 2 core and stretching components and 8 weeks of superb training plus over 1.8GBs of videos all for just $AUD54.95! Head to the Online Programs page to purchase…


When a player needs to put on speed quickly for an upcoming tournament or trial, we run them through an intense, condensed ASSA Speed Program.

This is Ranell’s specially written program for all athletes and sports players aged 13+ – designed to teach you the skills of how to run properly plus the technical skills required for explosive on field speed and change of direction as quickly as possible.

Acceleration, linear speed, change of direction, braking and landing are all covered in this spectacular program.

Shown in one of the training videos is Todd Edwards, who only had 8 weeks till he left to commence his scholarship opportunity with Trinity College in the USA. Todd wanted to increase his explosive speed as much as possible prior to relocating overseas.

Watch his video to see some of the drills we put him through! He put in the hard work and as a result he and his new coach were ecstatic with the results.

And he is only one of many whom we have helped that have had only limited time but wanted to gain maximum results quickly.

The other videos feature athletes from a variety of field and court based sports – Soccer, Rugby and AFL.

3 Hour Coaches Workshop

ASSA Workshop – 3 hours Theory & Practical for only $99

“Very professional and smooth. A relaxed environment which enabled visual and verbal learning. From a professional standpoint I am amazed at how much I learned from Ranell. Excellent teaching methods and exceptional information/demonstrations.”
Gary Raffety, Head of Strength and Conditioning, Dunbar Rovers FC”

ASSA Workshop Partnerships

Ranell Hobson has presented Speed and Mobility Mechanics coaching workshops to some of the biggest Youth Academies on the planet with outstanding success and is now home in Australia for a short time.

She is an award winning presenter, teacher, educator and coach, as well as a world record holding track sprinter. She has a passion for long term youth development and achievement of their maximum athletic potential.

As one coach has commented – “If you have the chance to attend one of Ranell’s speed coaching workshops – DO NOT MISS IT !”.

Ranell has presented to Presidents of sporting associations, National coaches of sporting teams, past and present players from the highest level of their specific sports, and parents looking for an edge for their athletes whether elite or otherwise. We hope to see you at one of these presentations and guarantee that you will be impressed with take-home skills and drills that will help you train your athletes to a higher level of sports performance.

Next Open Workshop

Contact the office on 02 8310 9946 to book a course for your club or organisation today !!

Click on the Image below to view Speed Workshop Information ( 1 hour Theory 1.5 hours Practical) that’s perfect for busy coaches who can only spare limited time during the week.

Recent Feedback

  • “I recommend this workshop to any coach”
    Dr Craig Duncan, ESSA Sports Scientist of the Year 2015; FFA and Australian Socceroos High Performance Coach Asian Cup 2015

  • “A great workshop”
    Des Ryan, Head of Sports Science, Arsenal FC Youth Academy

  • “Ranell is at the forefront of youth sports development in Australia”
    Gary Raffety, Head Physiologist, Australian Youth Football Institute

  • “If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of Ranell’s speed workshops do not miss it” Jack Pullin, Manchester City FC Academy

  • “Fantastic workshop, great passion, brilliant knowledge”
    Phil Greenwood, Head of Sport Science, Tranmere Rovers FC

  • “Fantastic presentation thank you; Best presenter I have had at these courses; Awesome energy; Sensational – well presented; Would love to do other courses by Ranell.” Various attendees at recent Athlete Recovery course.

Everything You Need to Build Explosive Speed 1 Day Course $385

Contact the Office on 02 8310 9946 to organise this Exceptional course for your club or organisation on-site at your place.

“Great opportunity for coaches to learn from one of the best.”
– Selwyn Griffith, Osteopath and Strength and Conditioning Coach Brisbane Lions FC and QSMC.

Videos of the Dynamic Warmup from the Practical Sessions held in England 2015

Inchworm Drill

Rear Lunge to Stability Hold Drill

Russian Walk with Ankle Taps Drill

ASSA – Ranell Hobson’s Everything You Need to Build Explosive Speed Course – Excellence in Creating Exceptional Learning Environments.

ASSA is now presenting our international Everything You Need to Build Explosive Speed Course in Australia. Cost is $385 (incl GST). For details please contact

We can also hold this course at your club or organisation in a closed setting for your coaches and members. Contact Kip directly at to discuss.

Sport Speed presenter Ranell Hobson will take you through leading technical drills to maximise performance in straight line & multidirectional speed. These drills & combinations can be applied to any field or court based sport to unlock the true athletic potential of your players. You will also gain an understanding of the science foundations behind explosive speed; how to maximise every players potential & keep them injury free.

You will also learn how to identify & correct inefficient speed & movement mechanics in your players that will reduce their risk of injury & increase their on-field efficiency.

Course modules include:

Speed Coaching

Linear Speed

COD and Agility

Building Physical Qualities


There are also 2 practical sessions (with emphasis on Dynamic Warmup techniques) comprising:

Linear Speed
Multidirectional Speed


This is a full day course that will provide you with skills and drills that you can implement into your current training and coaching programs immediately.

This course has domestic and international certifications. A shorter version has been presented in the UK to coaches of some of the biggest sporting clubs such as Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Leicester to outstanding feedback.

“I recommend this workshop to any coach”
Dr Craig Duncan
ESSA Sports Scientist of the Year 2015
Socceroos High Performance Coach, NSW Rugby League State of Origin HP Coach

“A great workshop”
Des Ryan
Head of Sports Science, Arsenal FC Youth Academy

“Ranell is at the forefront of sports youth development in Australia”
Gary Raffety
Head Physiologist, Australian Youth Football Institute

“Fantastic workshop, great passion, brilliant knowledge”
Phil Greenwood
Strength and Conditioning Manager, Pro Football Support UK


Manchester, UK 2016 :

Northern Tigers FC NPL2 Sydney 2018 :

Course Waiver

Click below to download the Course waiver to complete and hand in to Ranell at the start of the day :

ASSA Sport speed course waivers

“I attended Ranell’s Speed Coaching course one Saturday. The very next Tuesday at training I saw a 16 year old player running and noticed his strange gait and strapped knee. Upon speaking to the parent I was told that he had suffered from knee pain for the past 18 months and they had strapped it before every training session and game since then. Thanks to skills learnt on the course I was able to identify that the issue was in the boy’s hips and not his knee. The very next day his parents got his hips checked and they were found to be restricted but easily fixed. That weekend he played without strapping and without pain for the very first time in a long time. Had I not been able to identify the correct cause of the boy’s running issues and offer useful advice, he wouldn’t have been able to play.
I can’t recommend this course highly enough to any coaches of youth sport. If you only take away 5% of the knowledge from the day to apply to your team, then you will consider it a day very well spent indeed.”

Darren Graham
Director and Coaching Education Manager BDSFA
Director and U16’s Asst Coach Blacktown Spartans Football Club

“Just wanted to say thanks for the great course on the weekend. I certainly learned a lot and it was a great mix of practical and theory. I have attended uni (sport and exercise degree) and other coaching courses and workshops and I have to say that was one of the best I’ve been to. You guys are obviously very passionate about and knowledgeable in the areas of physical preparation and LTAD of youth athletes. It was great to meet you both.”

Mitchell Cain
Head of Strength and Conditioning
Parramatta Rugby

“Up like a salmon!
Today I was on the ASSA – Academy of Sport Speed and Agility speed and agility course for coaches and athletes at Platt Lane facility, and it was amazing!
A great insight into the mechanics of improving sprinting speed and sharpness of agility, alongside explosive power techniques. Learnt so much in a single day!
This can be applied to a variety of sports, so if you think you need help gaining that extra couple of yards, or improving top speed, then contact me!
Thanks to the guys from ASSA! Great day, great course! I highly recommend this course to anyone that is involved with sports coaching or the fitness industry. If you ever see a course pop up in the UK, get booked on!”
Jack Pullin,
Ex Manchester City Academy Coach

Special 3 hour Workshops Available:
Ranell is shown conducting a 3 hour workshop at Crystal Palace FC. This is a condensed version of her one day course and is excellent for busy coaches that can’t spare a full day. Packed with useful information and comprising 1 hour theory and 1.5 hours of practical its perfect for coaches that want to learn from us the basics of movement and how to get started with their athletes straightaway.
Use the ‘Contact Us’ page to enquire about costing and availability of this workshop.

ASSA Learning Outcomes

  • How to quickly assess an athlete’s current mechanical efficiency in maximising speed

  • How to identify weaknesses that contribute to a lack of speed on the court or field

  • Perfect technique for both acceleration and speed

  • Perfect technique for multidirectional and COD speed

  • How to identify and correct running faults that unchecked could lead to long-term chronic injury

Thomas Hassall Anglican College Middleton Grange Sydney


“Was a great day. Sound principles and great application in team sports!” – Lachlan Wilmot (S & C Coach GWS Giants AFL)

Lachlan Wilmot


“I just wanted to send a personal email to you both as a thank you and a message of recognition as to how impressed I was with the course content and the teaching methods used throughout the course. Not only has my knowledge broadened in a field I was a little blurry about but I have gained a new interest in speed training for both myself and my athletes. Again, I can’t commend ASSA highly enough for the knowledge provided to those attending the course. Excellent.” – Gary Raffety (Seniors Coaching Director/ Head of Sport Science Australian Youth Football Institute 2013-)

Gary Raffety


“Very good course. Lovely to have a lecturer who is very enthusiastic about speed. Very enjoyable course with good content.” – Matthew Williams (Rugby Union/League + Athletics)

Matthew Williams


“Great delivery of information, clearly passionate about the content. Made the learning easier. Obviously very skilled in the drills as well which made the demonstrations easy to understand.” – Darren Coughlan (NFL, Rugby League/Union, Crossfit games)

Darren Coughlan


“Great balance of theory and practical. Completely changed my view on proper running mechanics. Excellent day, loved your passion. Keep up the good work.” – James Tatham (Rugby Union, High School boys). Strength & Conditioning Intern Waratahs.

James Tatham

Gary-Rafferty-assa (1)

“Very professional and smooth. A relaxed course which enabled visual and verbal learning. From a professional standpoint I am amazed at how much I learned from this course. Excellent teaching methods and exceptional information/demonstrations.” – Gary Rafferty,Head of Exercise Physiology at the Australian Elite Soccer Football Academy

Gary Rafferty


“Excellent content, presentation and coaching. Thank you.” – Tom Tombleson Msc, Strength & Conditioning Coach England Rugby Union Team and previously NSW Waratahs.

Tom Tombleson

The ASSA Endorsments

Video of Ranell Hobson’s Technical Practical Sessions – Sport Speed for Coaches course in Sydney 2015

UWS Kingswood September 2015

UWS Kingswood September 2015

UWS Kingswood September 2015

Distance Video Assessments

ASSA At-A-Distance Video Assessments

A perfect way to have Ranell fully assess your athlete/player from anywhere in the world and receive feedback, real solutions and specific do-it-yourself programs to avoid injury & increase performance.

Why Video Assessments Work

Video the athlete according to the ASSA assessment video guidelines and Ranell will fully assess their current mechanics, identify any weaknesses or inefficiencies and provide valuable insight into correcting the technique. Specific stretching programs will also be provided if deemed necessary. This is an excellent way for an athlete to have a world-class speed and movement mechanics coach look at how they are running and provide expert feedback and real solutions for $AUD98.

  • Perfect for national and international sports players to be assessed by ASSA without the travel requirement

  • Expert assessment of your athlete

  • Strategised stretching programs where needed

  • Real explanations as to current movement technique

Video demonstration of exercises for submitting

Instructions for Videoing of Athlete.

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Pricing Guide & FAQ's

ASSA Training Programs Pricing Guide

incl GST per 60 minutes or part thereof

$99 1-on-1

$66 1-on-2

$49 1-on-3

$38 1-on-4

*($99 Family max. 3)

incl GST – per 60 minutes of coaching

Consultancy or Training

15 players max. Pricing is based on time and not numbers of players attending.

Pricing may alter depending on location if excessive travelling is involved.

Performed by ASSA Training Director Ranell Hobson

Qualitative Analysis Checklist of your current speed and change of direction mechanic

Home stretching and strengthening programs THAT WORK ! based upon Ranell’s findings

1 hour duration

Held at Blacktown International Sportspark or Homebush

Additional Products

A 1 hour session with Training Director Ranell Hobson

Introductory session focussing on Sprint and Change of Direction mechanics

Maximising your increase in performance in the shortest amount of time.

Perfect for athletes anywhere in the world

Expert video assessment of your athlete

Explanations of current movement technique

Strategised stretching programs where needed

Home based sprint programs designed for those that can’t travel to sessions

All written by Ranell

Includes full dynamic warmups and stretches for cool down and video links to all exercises

Full pre-season 10 week programs that cover – Repeat Sprintability, Linear Speed and Football Technical Speed.

Visit the Online Programs page under Programs to purchase now.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How old do you take accept players/athletes ?

Research has shown that mechanics training is best retained once the age of 9 is reached. As such we only take new applicants into the Academy once they have attained this age.
We also have to ensure that the player is coming to us fresh and ready to train.

We will not train anyone who is already experiencing fatigue from a full program elsewhere.

Whats sports do your programs cover ?

All field and court based sports. Most popular within our sessions are footballers (soccer), netball, rugby, tennis and AFL players. We have worked with and been hugely successful with badminton, baseball, basketball and gymnasts (sprint to vault) as well as track athletes (sprinters and long jumpers).

How long are the sessions ?

The sessions are held for a duration of 1 hour. All equipment is provided by the attending ASSA coach.

Where are they held?

We try and minimise the travelling time and distance that parents have to endure in Sydney and so have numerous locations and timeslots for you to consider. Please visit the ASSA Coaches page under ‘About Us’ for specific training locations and the respective contact number. If you would like further information or have a specific short term goal then please contact the office on 0412 632 544 to discuss further.
The school and track speed squads with their greater numbers are excellent options for consideration.

How do I pay ?

An invoice will be sent to your nominated email address on the Monday morning of the week after your session, giving options of Paypal, Credit Card and BSB transfer. You will never need to bring cash to the training location as the coach is only looking for your son/daughter/team to train.
If you are a member of the School Speed Academies then you are invoiced for the 10 week term at the start of the program.
If you are a member of the Pure Speed Squads at SOPAC or BISP then you are also invoiced at the start of the 10 week term for that period.
Prompt payment is expected.

In order to simplify accounting practices there is also the option of entering the auto-pay system wherein you are invoiced after the session as normal, and then the amount is automatically deducted from your nominated credit card. At the bottom of your invoice is the “autopay” option which you can choose and follow the prompts displayed therein.

Important Documents

Please find below the Youth PARQ and ASSA Course Waiver and Program forms for you to download and complete and bring to either your holiday clinic, first session or Sport Speed for Coaches Course.


ASSA Sport speed course waivers

Sport Speed for Coaches 1 day course program