Celebrating 20 years with Steven Fathers
Can you tell us more about your role and background?
I am the Head of Tennis at Bolton Arena and the Lead coach on the LTA’s regional player development program. This role allows me to focus on the best players across the age groups and help work and mentor the team of coaches on the performance academy.
I started coaching at 17 years old on the YTS scheme back home in Nottingham which gave me £40 per week a bus pass and some support to my qualifications. I worked my way up into performance coaching early in my career and I have never looked back. In 2000 I left home and came to work up North at South Ribble where I started to make a name for myself around Lancashire.
I joined Bolton in 2003 as a performance coach and worked alongside a lot of different coaches over the years which has helped grow me as an individual.
What made you apply for a job at Bolton Arena?
I saw the potential in the Arena, which excited me. I was ready for a new challenge, and it just fit the bill.
Do you remember your first day?
Yes. I was thrown in at the deep end and went on the full-time academy session ran by Jim Edgar.
What do you think is your biggest achievement since you have been here?
It has to be the promotion to Head Coach. I always wanted to run my own program and make an impact here at Bolton Arena. The chance to stamp my mark on the academy and the team of coaches is what drives me every day. Then seeing the success of the players at the academy is a daily achievement me and the team pride ourselves on.
What has been your favourite memory from the past 20 years?
I’d say my current situation is my best memory. I coached a player at the main event in Wimbledon this year, which was my dream when I first started coaching 26 years ago and to be the head coach of such a fantastic facility is amazing.
Thank you for speaking to us, Steven. The last 18 years have been a pleasure.