Our respected directors Neil Parsley and Dr Colin Robertson lead the coaching team. Neil currently consults for England F.A 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 - 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.

Favourite quote: "SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THOSE ON THE SAME MISSION AS YOU"

Stu - Coach

Stu is an energetic coach with over 10 years’ experience in Strength and Conditioning. He has practically applied his knowledge at many levels from our Tribe to multiple sports including Professional Football, Rugby and The Taekwondo Olympic Team. Along with this he has completed an MSc in Strength and Conditioning and attained recognised qualifications (ASCC, CSCS, British Weightlifting Level 2, EXOS Performance Specialist).

Stu is extremely driven and strives towards helping others reach their individual needs. He has been associated with Underground Training Station for over 8 years and is honoured to coach the tribe members in order for them to progress towards their training goals.

Connor - Coach

Connor has been a member of the coaching team for a number of years now, he has a degree in BSc Coaching and Performance at the University of South Wales, MSc in Strength and Conditioning, studying topics such as Exercise Physiology, Human Nutrition, Biomechanics, Sports Psychology, and Scientific enquiry and data analysis.

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 been the Head of Strength and Conditioning at Caldy Rugby Club, and has worked at professional clubs such as Wasps Rugby Club and Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

Connors main interests are Rugby, MMA, Boxing, Football, and F1. Connor is constantly looking to further his knowledge and expertise in the fields of health and fitness.

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.

Ola Franco

Natalie - Coach/Sports Rehab

Natalie studied at the University of Bolton and graduated in 2018 with a BSc in Sport Rehabilitation. While at university she did placements with Oldham Athletic, the Specialist Mobility Rehabilitation Centre (SMRC) and our very own UTS!

In the past Natalie has worked for the England and Everton Amputee Football Team for 3 years, travelling the world with them to different tournaments and fixtures. She provided pitch side first aid and sports rehabilitation for the teams at matches and training and also put together prehab and rehab programmes for the players.

Natalie also has clinic experience where she worked in physiotherapy clinics in Moreton and Pensby and decided to venture off by herself and open her own clinic.

Natalie is now based at the UTS and is offering sports rehabilitation, prehabilitation, sports massage and much more.

Joel - Coach

Joel has recently completed his MSc in Sport and Clinical Biomechanics at Liverpool John Moores University where he currently works as a lead S&C coach. Joel has worked with multiple Olympic and Paralympic sport athletes across various athletics disciplines, cycling, gymnastics and football being responsible for the planning, programming and delivery of their strength and conditioning.

He has worked with youth football teams organising and delivering pre-season fitness training across various age groups. Joel is also currently working towards accreditation with the UKSCA.

Joel applies his knowledge of human movement and sports biomechanics to improving strength, performance and general lifestyle quality helping those live active and stay injury free. He is also interested in Olympic weightlifting and plays basketball.

Ayush - Coach

Hailing from the land of diversity - India, Ayush completed his Masters in Strength & Conditioning from Liverpool John Moores University. Previously, he has worked at Liverpool FC Women’s Academy as a Strength & Conditioning Coach Intern and researched the injury susceptibilities in female athletes during different phases of their menstrual cycle.

His interests lie in the foundation and performance of youth athletes working on sprinting, acceleration and change of direction abilities.

Ayush has worked with amateur boxers, Paralympic swimmers, badminton players as well as the general population with varied goals. His energetic drive towards performance has stemmed from his passion and mission to build faster, stronger, and robust athletes and help people achieve their desired goals in life.

Ayush has a passion for learning and coaching and has already made a great impression on many of our members in the short time he has been here. He is looking forward to further helping our Tribe toward their fitness goals.