Frans van der Merwe

Frans van der Merwe

Academic Staff Member

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What do you love about your job?

The ability to facilitate the development of the next generation of industry leaders. It is awesome to see previous students succeeding within industry.

What is your experience in the industry?

I have 10+ years of experience in the industry working with a wide variety of teams and individual athletes. These range from youth through to masters athletes. I am also a founding board member of the New Zealand Strength and Conditioning Association and an Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Level 2 coach.

What keeps you busy outside of work?

Outside of work, I train athletes and I am also a boarding master at a local boarding school looking after 80+ boys aged 12 to 18.


  • Master of Science (Sport and Exercise Science)

Industry experience

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach, Midlands Hockey.
  • Former Strength and Conditioning Coach, Manawatu Jets Basketball team
  • Involved in the training and monitoring of 2016 New Zealand Hockey Junior World Cup team

Areas of expertise and research

  • Strength, Power and Agility Development throughout the lifecycle.





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Industry experience, affiliations and achievements

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