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Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Head Coach

Meet Chris Smith – Head Coach & CF-L1 Trainer CrossFit SCL

Chris has worked for SCL for 22 years, during which he specialised in Community Sports Development, programme and event management, funding, club development, junior & adult fitness, training opportunities and sports and recreational delivery.

He is a passionate sports enthusiast with National Conference, Lancashire County, Great Britain (Presidents & Eagles) Rugby League honours as well as representing Salford Red Devils for 3 seasons and being selected as captain at each level.

An enthusiastic and motivational fit-pro with over 10 years’ experience of fitness instruction, strength & conditioning and athletic training programming, helping 100’s of clients and members attain their goals.

“I’m a strong believer that CrossFit is for everyone. So, I’d encourage people to come along, have a go and discover what CrossFit is all about and I’m sure you’ll get hooked too.”


  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Programming
  • CrossFit Scaling
  • Quantum HFE Olympic Weightlifting
  • Level 3 NVQ in Personal Training
  • Level 2 NVQ in Instructing Exercise and Fitness
  • Applied Nutrition
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP, GRIT and CXWORX (Advanced Instructor) and Born to Move
  • NVQ L2: In Understanding Mental Health
  • Adolescent Fitness Qualification

Nikko Shillabeer

CF-L2 Trainer

Nikko has been involved in sport and fitness from a young age, having represented his home country, The Bahamas, in World Cup qualifiers at just 16 years old. During his football career he also found a love of coaching through involvement in the youth programs.

After leaving to start a new life in the UK, he decided to follow his passion and completed qualifications in Sports Science at Exeter College and University of Salford, eventually making Salford his new home. In his final year of university, he chose a Strength and Conditioning pathway and found CrossFit as a great way to put his knowledge into action. This led him to start an internship at his box and begin a career as a CrossFit trainer.

“The best part about CrossFit is its inclusive nature and the community vibe you get at your local box! I wanted to be a part of the coaching team to help others feel as welcome as I felt walking into my first box and comfortable enough to set goals to better themselves!”


  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
  • The Gymnastics Course Certificate – CrossFit Preferred Course
  • CrossFit Scaling Certificate
  • CrossFit Spot The Flaw Certificate
  • BSc(Hons) Sports Science: Strength & Conditioning Pathway
  • Access to HE Diploma in Sports Science