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We have dedicated and professional coaches that have a track record of producing players in all age groups and from national, European, International & professional levels. Players in the programme progress through our coaching team as they reach the appropriate levels, this ensures that players are working with coaches who have the relevant experience for players to achieve the next level.


Suzi Riley – Director of Performance

Suzi has developed the academy into one of the leading performance programmes in the country, attaining International High Performance Status. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and played NCAA Division 1 college tennis in the USA on a full athletic scholarship. Suzi also coached in Australia where she set up her own coaching academy while coaching girls on the WTA tour ranked as high at 106 in the world. Suzi specialises in leading performance programmes and coaching juniors making the transition from international junior tennis onto the professional women’s tour.


Stuart Kay – Tennis Manager

Stuart role is to managing and grow the club programme and to run tennis events at the Arena. Stuart is the coordinator of the AASE programme; managing the players training and tournament schedules and their course work.


Howard Green – Head of Strength & Conditioning

Howard is Head of Strength & Conditioning and is an accredited S&C coach with the UKSCA. Howard has been preparing players physically to compete at ATP Challenger, ITF Futures, Junior ITF, Tennis Europe and national competitions. Player’s sessions are tennis specific taking into account the physical qualities required to play at a high level and reduce their risk of injury. Regular consultation with tennis coaches and observation of player’s technical sessions ensure that the strength and conditioning sessions completed off-court, specifically address and improves player’s performance on-court. Previous to coaching, Howard served for 6 years in the Royal Marines Commandos.


Steven Fathers

Steven oversees and advises players and parents on competition scheduling for the Performance programme. He has been a head coach and a Great Britain Captain at U12, U14, U16 age groups. He has had players in all age groups of Nationals and has had extensive experience in these age groups, coaching and travelling with players to Tennis Europe and International Junior tournaments. Steven area of expertise is with players from U10s – U14s international and taking players at U16 through to US college Division 1 standard.


Richard Crabtree

Richard is the responsible for the squad programmes delivered in for performance players at all age groups. He obtained his BSc whilst on a tennis scholarship in America. Richard played full time for 2 years where he gained ATP points in both singles and doubles and was chosen to represent England in the Senior Four Nations Competition. Richard was the head coach at Nuffield Tennis Academy in Hull from 2008-2012, which culminated in Nuffield being awarded High Performance Status. Richard has coached players to a high International standard at U12 and U14 levels. In January 2014 Richard completed and passed the level 5 Master Performance Coach Award.


Matt Dewhurst

Matt is Head of Mini Tennis Strength and Conditioning and is responsible for their athletic development, focussing on coordination, dexterity, fundamental movement skills and bodyweight strength. This assists with their long term participation in tennis and preparation for competition and progression to full ball tennis. He has experience working with a variety of sports, particularly basketball, where as a coach he has won regional and national championships and developed players to regional level.


Matt Evans

Matt began his coaching journey under former Davis Cup Captain Jeremy Bates at Sutton Tennis Academy. He worked primarily with the Women’s Pro Academy programme as the Women’s Academy coach. He has worked mainly with players between the ages of 10-18 developing players to Top 100 ITF Junior level as well as multiple Tennis Europe ranked players and British National champions. Since moving to Bolton Arena Matt has began to work across a wider range of age categories and programmes with the intention of helping players progress through National and International levels of Junior tennis.


Danielle Hock

Danielle has worked with players at mini tennis performance level to juniors at national and international level. She has travelled domestically and abroad with national juniors as well as captaining several County Cup teams. She has an extensive playing background competing both nationally and internationally, achieving a world ranking and then a tennis scholarship to Marshall University in West Virginia. She has been a member of the Senior County Cup team for over ten years and holds several Senior Lancashire titles.


Wayne Jones

Wayne is responsible for the schools outreach and talent attraction programme whilst also co-ordinating the Community Tennis Programme within the borough. He works primarily with players on the Mini Red and Orange performance programme and has an excellent track record of progressing players onto the Full Ball programme. Wayne’s other strength is running internal tennis competitions.

Qualification – Level 4 Senior Club Coach


Matt Langlands

Matt completed his LTA tennis coaching apprenticeship at USN Bolton Arena, where he was shortlisted for LTA apprentice of the year. Matt has now joined the team working alongside the mini tennis and schools outreach team. He enjoys working with the younger players and watching their tennis improve as they progress through the mini tennis groups. Matt captained the under 14 & 16 teams at Southport Tennis Club and played in the adults 2nd division. He played at the National Tennis Centre in the ‘Save The Children’ charity national doubles final. Matt’s goal is to become a Master Performance Coach.


Alison Kelly

Alison works alongside the Mini Tennis and Schools Outreach Team. Alison has experience of not only working in schools within the United Kingdom but also in St Kitts, Caribbean, and West Indies. She has great passion and enthusiasm for the sport, which she uses along with her coaching skills to develop players of all ages, in order that they can also reap enjoyment from the game.

Qualification – Level 3


Elliot Chang

Elliot joined the team in September 2015 from Hallamshire in Sheffield where he was Head of Performance and in May 2016 completed the LTA level 4 Senior Performance Coach qualification. Elliot has worked with Junior players of a National and International standard and as a player won Tennis Europe and ITF Junior titles training out of the LTA academy at Loughborough. Elliot achieved his Bsc from Leeds Met University where he captained the team to winning the European student title and he still enjoys competing for Yorkshire in Men’s County Cup events. Elliot delivers on all performance squad sessions ranging from mini orange through to AASE students and travels domestically and internationally with Academy players.


Tom Bloor

I first started working at Bolton Arena as a volunteer helping out on the disability sessions once a week; I got a lot of enjoyment and job satisfaction out of this. I then progressed onto starting my LTA coaching Apprenticeship with the arena, my long term goal is to become a community coach and work in a variety of different settings which involves working in schools, parks, running tournaments and also running disability tennis sessions. I am a qualified coach in other sports and my aim is to help children of all ages and abilities develop their game and also make my sessions as enjoyable and challenging as possible.

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