The Team

All of our staff are fully qualified, dedicated athletes with a passion for what they do. Get to know each of them by reading more about their own journeys below!

Luke Townsend – Head Coach & Co-Owner

I have always had a love for fitness and sports since I can remember and have always given different sports a try. Like many teenagers, I grew up playing football for various teams which I stopped at around 18 years old. Following this, I came across weight training at a Globo Gym where I obtained qualifications and quickly began working. The job allowed me to coach multi sport activities for children which I loved – but this was just the beginning. At some point I knew I’d want more. I discovered CrossFit when I was 19 years old and after watching a documentary, I immediately knew it was something I wanted to undertake. After becoming a dedicated member, I started Coaching CrossFit part-time in 2015 whilst still working as a fitness instructor else where. I left my position as a fitness instructor to go full time here at CFD in 2016 and love every second of it.

Luke’s Qualifications:
  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor
  • Level 3 Personal Training
  • Level 1 CrossFit
  • Level 3 Sports Btec

Kate McCall – Coach & Co-Owner

My sporting background comes from athletics, which I have been involved in for many years. I was a competitive 400m runner for around 7 years and took up Crossfit to supplement this in October 2013. In 2015 I decided to train fully for CrossFit (mainly due to injury), in which I now compete competitively.

Highlights of my athletics include reaching British Championships in 2014 and making the Crossfit Meridian Regionals in 2016. I hope to be able to use my sporting experience to help people reach there goals at Crossfit Derby – whether it be to compete within their sport or to just get fit!

Kate’s Qualifications:
  • British Weight lifting
  • Personal Training

Jy Robinson – Coach

After giving up playing competitive football at the age of 17/18, I was looking for a new sport to get stuck into. After trying my hand at a few I stumbled across a youtube video of people hitting Fran. At first I was sceptical that workouts so short could be effective but after getting destroyed by Fran myself, I knew that CrossFit was for me. I soon sought out a CrossFit box, which is when I found CrossFit Derby. After spending most of my spare hours inside the gym, I soon developed a love for coaching. I spent the last couple of years coaching CrossFit at a couple different CrossFit boxes before making my way back to Derby where I continue to develop myself as a competitor/coach/person & loving every minute of it!

Jy’s Qualifications:
  • Level 1 Crossfit

Ashley New – Yoga/Mobility Coach

With fifteen years field hockey experience I have represented several successful clubs within the East Midlands; most recently assigned to Burton Hockey Club playing competitively in the Midlands Premier League. Holding various National Governing Body coaching badges I have worked in the community delivering multi-sport to young adults within Derbyshire. I obtained employment in health and fitness where I qualified as a Personal Trainer before diverting my career into teaching. I graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a 1:1 classification degree in Sport and Exercise Science and I also hold QTS in Secondary Physical Education. I joined CrossFit Derby several years ago and always sought to share my underpinning knowledge and experiences. Having studied Kinesiology I am always enthusiastic and extremely supportive towards those wanting to improve aspects of their fitness. In addition, I have been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for many years and have built up a bed of knowledge regarding the process of recovery, general mobility, flexibility and body awareness: all of which can facilitate your Crossfit journey.

Class times:

Saturday: 10:15am – 11:15am

Ashley’s Qualifications:
  • BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • PGDE with QTS in Secondary Physical Education
  • Personal Trainer Award
  • Fitness Instructor Certificate
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • FA Football Coaching Award
  • UKCC England Hockey Coaching Award
  • Badminton England Coaching Award
  • EAL Handball Coaching Certificate
  • British Gymnastics Trampolining

Tom Singleton-Wells – Nutritional Coach – Details Coming Soon!

Ashley Foster – Weightlifting Coach

As a fully qualified personal trainer, I have been involved in the health and fitness industry for a number of years. As well as a personal trainer I am also an athlete competing in Olympic Lifting which has allowed me to further my knowledge within sport and fitness by learning from some of the top coaches in the country.

I work with various people from the everyday person wanting to put on muscle/lose weight to part-time athletes wanting to improve performance. As well as working with people on a individual basis, I coach Olympic weightlifting classes at CrossFit Derby.

Yang Lay – Sports Therapist

I have always been in love with sport – ever since I was 10 years old. I have tried my hand in many sports, such as football, basketball, badminton and even trampolining. By doing all these sports came along a plethora of injuries and it piqued my interest in the recovery and treatment of them. Therefore this is why I am committed to offering the best treatment options I can as a qualified sports therapist.

Fun Fact – I own over 60 pairs of shoes and 20 of them are basketball shoes!

  • Sports Massage for pre and post exercise (30 minutes)
  • Injury Consultation and Treatment (30 minutes)
  • Taping and Strapping
  • Monday: 5pm – 8pm
  • Friday: 6am – 8am
Yang’s Qualifications:
  • Degree in Sports Therapy BSc
  • Level 3 Sports massage
  • First aid and Pitch side treatments