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

Chris Thomas - Head Coach

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.


Dave Bolton - Coach

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

Christian - Coach

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

Connor - Coach

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.

Rob - Coach

Background: Professional Rugby, Personal Training, Strength and Conditioning.

Areas of focus: Weight loss, muscle gain, sport specific conditioning.

Professional rugby player for 14 years, playing for teams that included; Sale Sharks, Rotherham Titans, Worcester Warriors, Yorkshire Carnegie and Rouen Normandie Rugby (France).

Rob has always had a passion for the Strength and Conditioning aspect of professional sport, and wants to pass on knowledge picked up from years within that environment.

He wants to help people reach their goals and become happier with themselves, whether it be weight loss, weight gain or getting fitter/stronger.

Kallum - Coach

Kallum has recently completed his degree in BSc Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University,. Whilst at LJMU Kallum completed a 6 month internship under the Strength and Conditioning team where he gained experience working with the University men’s basketball and women’s rugby union team.

Kallum recently gained his Level 2 England Rugby Coaching Award and is currently coaching Anselmian Warriors Women’s Rugby Development Team providing weekly fitness and technical sessions. During his first season as their coach, Kallum won a Cheshire President’s Award for Volunteer Coach of the Year - top work!

He is continuing his studies at LJMU with a Masters in Strength and Conditioning where he hopes to gain further experience working with people of all ages, strengths and abilities, whilst also transferring up to date practice into his sessions.

Kallum’s main interests are MMA, rugby, basketball, and cycling (*He did the 1km on the Wattbike today!) and is excited to be part of UTS

Kallum will be around UTS more often and will be taking classes on our brand new timetable which launches next week

Suraj - Boxing Coach

Obsessed with movement and martial arts since watching Bruce Lee as a young boy Suraj embarked on a journey of becoming the best version of himself 10+ years ago when he started training and competed out of Birkenhead venture ABC.

He reached the National Finals in his first year competing then went on to represent Merseyside and Cheshire. Suraj has also fought at several international competitions.

To perform at a high level Suraj trains using several types of exercise practices in order to reach the physical fitness needed to compete and stay injury free. He has a holistic approach to health and vitality.

Suraj is a Level 3 PT and sports massage therapist, CHEK exercise coach, specialising in sports specific training, back rehabilitation, core conditioning and martial arts.

Favourite Quote:
Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own - Bruce Lee

Lucy - Coach/Sport Therapist

Lucy graduated from St Mary's University in 2017 with a First Class Hons in BSc Sport Rehabilitation.

Since graduating, Lucy has worked for Reading Women FC during 2017/18 season as their First team Rehab Coach and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. She designed, implemented and evaluated prehab (reducing the risk of injury) and rehabilitation programmes , as well as corrected players techniques and modified exercises during gym sessions. She also worked with the Girls Academy (under 10-U16) as their Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Alongside her time at Reading, Lucy worked in a physiotherapy clinic educating clients with regards to training loads, pain management and the importance of strength training as a method of injury prevention as well as enhancing their performance and improving the daily lives of clients. Lucy is hoping to expand her knowledge by studying a Masters in Strength and Conditioning, helping develop people of all ages and abilities to become more robust and resilient.

Key areas of interest include Rehabilitation, Strength and Conditioning and Youth Physical Development.

Jake - Coach

Jake has been a member of the UTS for many years, and is someone we have seen grow as an athlete, and likewise develop as a coach.

A keen sportsman with a real love of rugby, Jake has travelled the world playing the sport he loves. He has played in South Africa, and back in 2017, alongside UTS Director Neil Parsley, was part of Coach Alex's team, 'The International Gents' who won their category in The Dubai 7s tournament. Jake currently plays at Caldy and has done for 14 years.

Jake's exposure to high level coaching in sport, and all that it entails, is what sparked his interest in becoming a coach and to pursue a career in fitness. Jake is already a qualified level-three PT, has a huge amount of experience, and is keen to keep on developing and learning - just how we like our coaches to be.

With a passion for learning and coaching, Jake has already made a great impression in the classes he has taken, and looks forward to helping our Tribe reach their fitness goals.

Franco - Coach

Franco has come to the UK all the way from Lima, in Peru where he worked for more than 3 years as Head Coach of the "Espartano 360" specialising in functional strength and obstacle race skills.

His passion in training lies in obstacles: the movement, the skills and the course races. In Lima, Franco put his passion to work, and developed his own Master class program "Ninja Functional School", a training programme focusing on developing and preparing the specific skills and techniques needed to run obstacle races and competitions, for athletes of all levels, from the beginner right up to the elite.

Last year Franco qualified, competed and successfully completed all 100 obstacles of the 2018 OCR World Championship elite race in London. He continues to prepare for more races this year, not only to constantly motivate himself and improve performance but to also inspire others and to grow the OCR community.

Franco loves to teach and motivate his clients in a variety of disciplines using key methods, including strength and conditioning, functional training, body weight flows, calisthenics, obstacle course racing and ninja skills - all done with the key focus being on technique.

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