Rough Riders Team Up With Hammer Athletics

Long Island-based company will be club’s sports performance partner

PLAINVIEW, N.Y. – (Wednesday, April 5, 2017) – The Long Island Rough Riders, exclusive PDL affiliate of New York City Football Club, today announce Hammer Athletics as the club’s official sports performance partner.
Founder Stephen Gourlay, a former professional soccer player with Rangers FC in Scotland, will be working with the Rough Riders to improve players’ performance through tailored curricula and modern training technologies ahead of the 2017 season and beyond. Gourlay will work first-hand with the senior teams on and off the field to assure they achieve peak performance. Junior Rough Riders will also benefit from the new partnership with the ability to train with Gourlay as a team or schedule individual sessions at Hammer’s state-of-the-art facility.
“We are thrilled to have such an experienced professional soccer player and renowned athletic trainer such as Stephen Gourlay and Hammer working with the Long Island Rough Riders,” Rough Riders President Peter Zaratin said.
Gourlay, the inventor of the Zero Gravity Performance System, boasts an extensive resume as a trainer with more than 20 certifications, including NSCA-TSAC, Kettle bell, and Certified Strength Coach. He has worked with and trained countless athletes and programs including: Hanley Ramirez (Los Angeles Dodgers), Yunel Escobar (Tampa Bay Rays), Dawn Riley (America’s Cup sailor), Angela Ruggiero (U.S. women’s ice hockey), Ohio State University lacrosse, University of Rhode Island softball and many others. Gourlay is currently the strength and conditioning coach of the New York Cosmos (NASL) and is actively honing his craft while improving and motivating others through relationships with various soccer teams and elite-level strength training programs
“Strength and conditioning in sports is essential and I’m pleased to partner with the Long Island Rough Riders in an effort to continue to improve the club’s performance on and off the field,” Gourlay said.
Hammer Athletics
Based in Syosset, N.Y., in the Long Island Sports Hub, Hammer Athletics was founded by former professional soccer player Stephen Gourlay. The organization has utilized its proprietary training method — Zero Gravity Performance System — for more that 20 years. Hammer offers a variety of training programs from speed and agility to strength and conditioning, and programs and classes for adult, youth, and elite athletes. For more information, visit
Long Island Rough Riders
Founded in 1994, the Long Island Rough Riders have established themselves as one of North America’s premier soccer franchises. Over a span of 20 years, the Rough Riders won four National Championships playing in the United Soccer Leagues, the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America. The Rough Riders men’s team plays in the Premier Development League (PDL), and the women’s team plays in United Women’s Soccer. For more information or tickets, visit: