The Army have invested in their elite sport programme in recent years. It follows a 2.5 million pound donation from security firm G4S to the Armed Forces.

The donation was made in the aftermath of the London 2012 Olympics when the military had stepped in to provide extra security cover at the Games.

Working in partnership with the English Institute of Sport, elite Army athletes now have their own dedicated strength and conditioning coach.

Michael Knott, who's a civilian, has been in post for almost eight months and has been working closely with the boxing squad and shooting team as they target a place on the podium at Tokyo 2020.

"We've started to make some real progress in terms of the athlete's physical development which is going to help them, hopefully, step forward to Tokyo"


The Army have a strong tradition of sports participation and Michael who has worked with elite athletes across a range of disciplines said how pleasing it is for him to work at close quarters with the troops

"Military personnel are fantastic, obviously they have the discipline, they are already very fit and committed, so it's easy for me to come in and be a little bit more specific in terms of your fitness towards your sport."