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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.

Stuart Kay

Stuart Kay

Head Of Sport

Stuart is the Head of Sports at Bolton Arena; responsible for multiple departments including Tennis, Gymnastics & Primary School Coaching. During his 15 years at the Arena, Stuart has helped to build and maintain a strong relationship with key partners such as the LTA and British Gymnastics. This has led to a thriving sports programme, delivering a range of multiple sports to over 1500 children each week.

With over 30 years of experience working in the Leisure Industry and as a strategic thinker, Stuart has developed and managed many successful projects including helping Bolton Arena to achieve becoming 1 of only 3 International High-Performance Centres in the UK.

In 2010, Stuart was recognised for his commitment to tennis, as he was included on the Spirit of Sport Statue after managing the winning team at the Greater Manchester Youth Games.

T 01204 488110 E stuartkay@boltonarena.com
Steven Fathers

Steven Fathers

Head Coach

Steven has been involved with tennis for 30 years and his passion for performance tennis and helping players reach their potential is what drives him daily. Stevens vast experience has taken him around the world watching his players compete and build up an extensive network of world class coaches to learn and share ideas from.

Steven prides himself on building relationships with his players and parents and creates the trust required to embark on the long-term development of producing international level players. As a level 5 performance coach Steven has always looked to grow his own personal development and looks to mentor fellow coaches and see their progress.

As the Head Coach Steven sets a high bar for the team’s delivery and expects this from all the players on the Academy to fully engage with and respect. The long-term goal is to put Bolton Arena on the map in world tennis and create the infectious environment players of Pro Status want to be part of and help to inspire the next generation coming through our pathway. Over the 25 years of coaching Steven has produced many National and International winners and this still drives him day in day out.

Wayne Jones

Wayne Jones

Tennis Co-ordinator

Wayne is the Tennis Co-ordinator at Bolton Arena and is responsible for the managing of the Mini Tennis and Development programme.

A very passionate coach, who has been coaching since 2004 and is vastly experienced in working with U10 players, Wayne has an excellent track record of transitioning players into the Regional Training programme and is also currently the U9 Lancashire County Coach.

Wayne is a Level 4 qualified coach, with a philosophy that focuses on engaging young players to love the game through fun and challenging sessions, as well as developing players technically and improving all round match play. He has a keen eye for spotting talent and supporting players to transition from school sessions through to our Junior Academy.

Howard Green

Howard Green

Head Of Strength & Conditioning

Howard is the Head of Sport Science, leading a multi-disciplinary team of strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists, as well as sports nutrition and psychology support.

Howard has been involved with the physical development team at Bolton since 2009. This experience includes working with players across various levels including, national and international juniors, ATP and WTA professionals including a former world number one. He is an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach, Certified Tennis Performance Specialist, and a Ba in Sports Coaching. Prior to coaching he served six years in the Royal Marines Commandos.

His philosophy is to use his professional knowledge and varied personal experience, to run a holistic tennis-athlete development program, with the main goals of reducing the risk of injury and improving on-court performance. He is also passionate about the development and education of coaches, having presented his training methodologies across the globe at coaching conferences.

Jonny Fraser

Jonny Fraser

Head Of Athlete Development

Jonny is the Head of Athlete Development; he delivers strength and conditioning to players of all ages and levels whilst managing the physical development programme for the U12s.

Working both as a tennis and strength and conditioning coach since 2007, Jonny has worked with all ages from mini tennis to players on the ITF and ATP Tour. In recent years he has worked closely with tour coach, Claudio Pistolesi.

He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, a Master Tennis Performance Specialist, a Level 3 qualified tennis coach and has an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science. He has had several academic papers published about training junior tennis players and coordination development.

Jonny's philosophy is using tennis and strength and conditioning to support the development of players both on and off court. This is through utilising effective training methods and educating players on how to look after their bodies. Jonny believes in the importance of an interdisciplinary approach utilising various sport science and coaching disciplines.

Simone Marcantonio

Simone Marcantonio

Senior Performance Coach

Simone is the Senior Performance coach, working primarily with U12-U18 players.

Simone started coaching in his native Italy, working with the top Junior ITF players within the country and with U12 &U14 Tennis Europe groups. After several years coaching in Italy, Simone moved to Spain, embarking on a new opportunity at one of the best academies in Europe, coaching several ATP players, whilst working alongside coaches with vast international experience.

Simone’s philosophy is focused on educating the players on all facets required to be a performance player, whilst also challenging each individual in every session to develop and enhance their overall ability.

John Lister

John Lister

Tennis Coach

John’s main responsibility is to oversee the progression of the U12 players, ensuring they are on-track for regional training and beyond.

John is a level 4 coach and has been coaching since 2001. He has had a huge amount of success at bringing players from a mini-tennis level to Regional and National standard.

John’s brand of coaching is one that brings the best out of each individual child, having an individual approach to suit their needs. The four main performance elements, physical, tactical, mental and technical make up the pillar of his coaching and are delivered in such a way as to maximise each players potential.

Sabrina Federeci

Sabrina Federeci

Tennis Coach

Sabrina has first-hand experience of the Academy, having trained at Bolton Arena as a performance player from aged 7 to 18. Throughout her time training here, Sabrina represented Great Britain on numerous occasions, achieving a national ranking of No.1 in Great Britain U16s.

On leaving Bolton Arena, Sabrina gained a scholarship at Texas Tech College in America, with the college ranked as high as 5th nationally, with a personal double ranking of No.8 nationally. 

Sabrina is currently a Level 3 certified coach working primarily with our U12’s-U18’s, providing coach support on several LTA player tournaments and assisting with junior county cup teams. As a coach her philosophy is to help develop the person alongside the player.

Phillipa Fulchini

Phillipa Fulchini

Tennis Coach

Phillipa delivers on the mini tennis, development and adult programmes. As a player, Phillipa played at county and national level, representing Lancashire in all junior age groups before moving on to the women’s county cup team. She is currently the vice county cup captain for the Lancashire U12 girls’ team.  

Phillipa is a level 4 coach, with over 7 years coaching experience covering a vast range of ages and abilities. Her philosophy is to encourage as many individuals as possible to play and enjoy the game, whilst also achieving the highest level possible through technical and tactical sessions.

Jake Thompson

Jake Thompson

Tennis Coach

Jake works on the development programme, working through all the age groups ranging from tots to adults.

Jake has been coaching since 2011 and is a level 3 qualified coach. Alongside his work at Bolton Arena, he also assists on the U9’s Lancashire County squad.

He has a philosophy of working hard to engage, educate and deliver the best sessions possible to help players progress through the programme.

Call us on 01204 488100 or email info@boltonarena.co.uk