Our respected directors Neil Parsley and Dr Colin Robertson lead the coaching team. Neil currently consults for Manchester City FC and British Ski and Snowboard and Dr Colin Robertson is Head of the Athletic Development Centre at Bolton University and a widely published Sport Scientist.


Director, Neil Parsley, BSc, CSCS, ASCC

Neil Parsley is one the most sought after and experienced strength and conditioning coaches in the UK. Over the last 16 years Neil has coached Olympic Champions (Beijing & London Olympics), multiple World and European medalists and National champions across several sports including Taekwondo, Athletics, Rugby, Swimming, Cycling, Wrestling and Disability swimming. He has travelled extensively throughout the world attending training camps and competitions in Europe, Asia, Australasia & South America.

Neil is a co-founder and director of the unique and highly successful UTS gym who continues to coach our Tribe and athletes of all abilities. He regularly presents on his work at national and international conferences.

Director, Dr. Colin Robertson

Colin Robertson has been involved in human performance and sports science his entire professional career, and is currently the Head of the Athletic Development Centre (Bolton One), and the Research Co-ordinator of the country’s leading Sports Rehabilitation department at the University of Bolton; whereby he oversees the largest injury surveillance programme in the world which caters for every Super League team in the country. Prior to this recent role, Colin was a member of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University; where, along with his teaching and research activities, he established and led the Strength and Conditioning department.

Colin is also one of the founding fathers of UTS and is the driving force behind our commitment to debunk fads, passing trends, and celebrity crazes. Colin’s main role is to ensure that everything the UTS delivers is underpinned by world leading scientific research, practice and principals.

The Coaches

Our friendly coaches share degrees, masters, and post doctorates in Sport Science, Nutrition and Strength and Conditioning coaching

Head Coach, Stu Vance

Background: Strength and Conditioning, Sports Science, Comedy Genius.

Areas of focus: sports specific training, general population and individualized programme design.

Stu has been coaching at UTS for almost 7 years. He counts himself lucky in life as everyday he gets to go to work and live his passion for coaching. Along with a wealth of knowledge in the industry, Stu has invaluable experience working for the likes of Team GB, Premier League football clubs, professional/semi professional rugby teams and numerous scholarship athletes.

Along with this Stu takes great pride in coaching sessions at UTS and his personal training sessions and gives nothing but 100% of his energy into delivering results.

Favourite quote. "If all fails watch Dumb and Dumber"

Dave Bolton

Coach Dave is a natural athlete who has represented England in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. He has competed at county level hockey, volleyball & represented the R.A.F rugby team on several occasions.

After becoming Welsh & British light heavyweight kickboxing champion he was then selected to represent Great Britain at the world Championships in Pisa, Italy. After 5 days and 11 fights against some of the best fighters in the world he was crowned world champion.

In 2014 Dave was diagnosed with brain cancer. In July 2015 he was given a terminal diagnosis and 3 months to live. True to form he refused to accept this and took the fight to cancer and won.

Dave is an inspiration to all of the UTS Tribe and even has his own hashtag #BOLTmode which represents the need to have a strong mindset - something we regularly promote at UTS

Chris Thomas

Background: Military, sport, instructing

Areas of focus: Calisthenics, weight loss and functional movement.

Having played and competed at a variety of sports in his earlier years Chris learned about life through being a Royal Marine. His professional skills were learned by completing command/instructional courses during his 9 years in the Corps.

The transfer to civy street naturally geared Chris towards the fitness and health industry. Picking up the finer points was something that was drummed in to him as a Marine and is something that stands him in great stead within his career choice.

Chris loves to be around positive, like minded people who strive to be the best they can be in whatever they chose to do.



Holly has 2 main passions - helping people to get healthy and happy! There is nothing that makes Holly smile more than encouraging people to succeed in reaching goals and giving her full commitment throughout their journey. Watching people's confidence improve is such a rewarding feeling for Holly and she continually strives to encourage her clients to maintain a positive and happy mindset and making every session count.

Holly enjoys doing things that challenge her both physically and mentally. Holly travels up and down the country to take part in classes and courses to keep up to date in the fitness world which helps keep her own ideas fresh and unique. Holly recently competed in the UTS games and pushed herself and her team to the limits whilst still being supportive to her rival teams.

Favourite Quote: "Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire".


Background: Boxing, Personal Trainer

Areas of focus: Weight loss, muscle gain, Boxing specific training, motivator.

Radia aka 'Rara' has been training for over 10 years and recently made the bold decision to quit her old life and follow her passion by pursuing a career in the fitness industry; the BEST decision she has ever made.

Radia started Boxing at UTS 4 years ago and fell in love with the sport. Since then she has entered and WON a white collar match, has become a qualified Boxing Coach and now regularly takes the Boxing Circuits at UTS! Boxing not only helps Radia and her clients towards their fitness goals but also provides huge variety in their training.

Favourite quote;

"You only live once you may as well be a BADASS!!"


Connor recently completed his degree in BSC Rugby Coaching and Performance at the University of South Wales, studying topics such as Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, Human Nutrition and Sports Psychology.

He has also gained a diploma in Sports Coaching, Development, Level 1 and 2 Rugby Coaching awards and Junior sports leadership award, which enables him to coach and train vulnerable and disabled individuals. Along with this, Connor has coached an array of people, athletes and teams, spanning from Youth and elderly individuals, to Rugby Football teams, thus giving him the experience of coaching and working with diverse groups of people.

Connors main interests are Rugby, MMA, Boxing, Football and Strength and Conditioning. He is also looking to further develop his passion for health, Fitness and Athletic performance by studying for a Masters in Strength and Conditioning.


Background:Strength & Conditioning & Sport Science

Area of Focus: Sports Specific Training, Individualised Programming, Youth Physical development, Rehabilitation.

Alex joined the UTS team in 2017 following the completition of his BSc in Sport & Exercise Science. Prior to joining UTS, Alex managed to accquire 3 years of practical experience delivering Strength and Conditioning to youth/professional athletes in the Barclays Premier League & the Super league. Alex strives to use his experiences & his knowledge to ensure that he delivers challenging, enjoyable and high quality sessions that help his clients exceed their goals.

Favourite Quote: "There maybe people with more talent than you. But there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you."


Background: Military, Weightlifting

Area of focus: Youth, Weightlifting and Mobility

Christian is a former Royal Marine Commando who has recently returned from living in New Zealand. Christian has a wealth of knowledge in the weightlifting and strength and conditioning fields fields and displayed distinct.

Christian was the lead coach in New Zealand’s Youth Weightlifting program which meant he not only took beginner athletes through the progressions of learning the movements but also helped to develop athletes right up to the international platform.

His younger athletes gained multiple national age group titles, numerous national age group records, 4 of have been selected to represent New Zealand on the international stage with one going to the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires. His senior competition athletes delivered national titles in all divisions at the National Championships, the first time in New Zealand weightlifting history that this has been achieved.

As a coach Christian takes pride in teaching movements safely and striving to achieve results for clients through hard work and team work. He is keen to promote the many benefits of weightlifting to all UTS Tribe members and in particular help to develop our younger tribe members