Who We Are & What We Do


Next Stage is a social enterprise (CIC) that deliver comprehensive health and wellbeing services to athletes and sports organisations across Scotland.

Our mission is to increase the provision of health and wellbeing education to young people and athletes across Scotland in order to improve wellness and performance.

Our vision is to make Scotland a healthier nation by actively advocating healthy living through sports.

Our values are

Responsibility – We have a duty to educate our target audience on how to make healthy choices easy choices, especially from an earlier age.
Partnership – We work with schools, coaches, and sport organisations/clubs with a single aim of achieving long-term health benefits for athletes and young people.
Delivery – We deliver quality and effective workshops tailored to our audience with a single aim of making healthy choices easy choices.


It is a popular misconception that athletes know all about health and wellbeing and use this to maintain a healthy lifestyle; however several studies have reported that young athletes in particular often lack some essential knowledge,such as nutritional knowledge (Dunn, D., 2007 & Brunt, A., 2008). We believe that educating them on this and many other areas is important because:

The health and wellbeing of an athlete or sports team is fundamental to the achievement of the athlete’s or team’s goals and ambitions.

By educating athletes from an earlier stage, you provide them with an opportunity to apply knowledge gained through sports in day-to-day life.

Having healthy and highly motivated athletes will enhance performance and bring success to a sports team, while providing lifelong health benefits.

As physical education professionals, there is a great responsibility and expectation on coaches to guide and motivate children, young people, and athletes. Coaches should therefore be able to demonstrate positive, healthy behaviour that will assist in improving their own health, as well as the health of others.

Having well educated coaches is an extra bonus for any sports organisation as they are in a better position to advise their athletes.

Using up-to-date scientific findings, we create workshops for young people and athletes, equipping them with knowledge they need to improve their performance whilst maintaining a balanced lifestyle to suit their chosen sport. We use anatomy models in our workshops for illustration, which has proved to be highly effective, especially with our younger audience.

The workshop topics available for coaches are designed to help them offer further support and guidance to children and young people they work with a single aim of creating a healthier generation.

  • Better understanding of sports nutrition
  • Improve physical and mental wellness
  • Improve teamwork
  • Increase motivation & performance


Our evidence based workshops, combined with the use of interactive  hands-on educational models, has been effective in keeping our audience engaged throughout our seminars and beyond. We understand the importance of health and wellbeing in all aspects of life and that inspires us to make healthy choices easy choices for you.

5 stage service model


Social Enterprise

There is no better time for us to introduce this much needed service, with those at risk of obesity having risen dramatically in recent years. The proportion of boys at risk of obesity rose from 14.5% in 1998 to 19.7% in 2012, with girls being at risk in 2012 by 13.7% (Scottish Health Survey, 2012). We need these percentages to stop rising, and we strongly believe that if children are given the opportunity to gain the health and wellbeing information they need, we will see a decrease in these shocking statistics.

We want to teach the future generation how to be health and wellbeing champions. To do so, we need to change their mind-set in order for them to make healthy choices independently as this shall bode well for society in the future. Investing in our children is most vital because the habits they develop early in life are associated with their long-term wellbeing. Therefore, Next Stage looks to actively provide the tools required to prevent chronic lifestyle issues that could arise in later life such as; obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Although we aim to help all, the project will make serious attempt to cover those in areas where there is a significant level of multiple deprivation and allow them to understand that being healthy doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.

Our Clients


Feedback from clients


Residents at New Horizons would like to say thank to Next Stage for delivering a session on exercise and healthy nutrition, it was informative, interactive and fun. Residents came away from the session having a better understanding of how to budget their money to afford healthier meals and how to make better choices when buying food. Everyone really enjoyed the exercise part of the session which was great fun and got us all motivated to get out there and be more active.

Jacqueline MacaulayAction for children

I would heartily recommend Next Stage. They worked with young people at Aberdeen City Music School Hall of residence and the presentations were perfectly pitched for the needs of the young people. The Q&A sessions at the end where the young people asked their own questions were handled with skill and humour. The sessions were very popular and we hope to have them back soon.

Marc Howes (School Manager)Aberdeen City Music School

I understand that you deliver health and wellbeing workshops targeting young people to equip them with the knowledge to make better lifestyle decisions. As diets have become unhealthier it is important to have initiatives like this to make sure as a society we all are making healthier choices

Kevin Stewart MSP (Minister for Local Government and Housing)Scottish Parliament

Just wanted to let you know that we won the international match against County Down 14-9, and the ladies were extremely impressed with your workshops so thank you so much for all your help! I’ll be in touch in a few months about next year’s plans if you’d like to be involved again!

Stuart Reid (Head Coach) Scotland Women's Shinty Team

Next Stage team came to speak with the Grampian Junior Pathways Netball Groups. The sessions were well balanced and pitched at a really good level that got the 11 – 13 year old players discussing the benefits of a healthy balanced diet for young athletes. The girls all enjoyed the sessions and reported that they now consider what food and fluids they eat and drink.  They especially enjoyed the ‘understanding food labelling’ part of the session.

Trish Morgan (Junior Pathway Netball Coach)Sport Aberdeen

Thank you so much for coming out to talk to the skiers about their nutrition and fuelling premium athletes with premium foods. They have told me that they are thinking about what to eat before and after training and are having to be a bit more creative at lunch times. They have taken on board what you have said – I have already noticed a difference with those I have seen this week. Please come again some time!

Claire Newman (Development Coach)British Nordic Ski Team

Next Stage delivered an excellent nutritional seminar for our Sports Bursars and Scholars. They dispelled many of the myths surrounding the use of supplements and backed it up with sound current research. The information was presented in an easy to understand format and sparked some interesting debate.

Jackie Davidson (High Performance Sports)University of Aberdeen


A team of bright professionals


Chuxx Onyia

M.D. & Founder – B.Sc., M.Sc., A.Nutr.
  • Masters degree in Human Nutrition and Metabolism with Sports & Exercise Physiology background
  • Child Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator (NHS Lothian) and previous researcher at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health
  • International athlete who represents Scotland in the Triple Jump
  • Current and 7 x National Triple Jump Champion

Brendan Gabriel

Senior Associate – B.Sc., PhD.
  • PhD in Medical Sciences
  • Specializes in exercise physiology and nutritional supplements
  • Enthusiastic about getting young people to achieve their maximum potential

Jonas Melnikovas

Co-founder  B.Sc., MA.
  • Masters degree in Business and Finance
  • Passionate about healthy living and all round wellness
  • Experienced project manager with great vision of health and wellbeing for Scotland’s children and young people

Frances Vaughan

Nutrition Associate – B.Sc., M.Sc.
  • University of Edinburgh Neuroscience graduate and Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Founder and Editor of ‘The Seasoned Student
  • TEDx motivational speaker
  • Passionate about engaging young people in the topic of healthy living

Sarah Warnock

Sport Associate -B.Sc.
  • Child Healthy Lifestyle Coach delivering on NHS funded programmes
  • International athlete who represented Scotland in Long Jump at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Current and 5 x National Long Jump Champion
  • Passionate about health and wellbeing and strives to positively impact younger generation


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