Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

Stuart Donald

Head Coach

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From swimming competitively with Beckenham, Addington and Croydon Amphibians swimming clubs, Stuart has always had a passion for swimming. 

Having taught many children to swim in his spare time, he undertook his ASA Teachers and Coaches Level 1 qualification in 2006, quickly followed by his Level 2 in 2007 when he joined Sutton Atlantis SC working with various squads as a part-time coach. Having been made redundant from his job in the printing industry in 2009, he decided to teach and coach swimming full time, working for both Greater London Leisure, David Lloyd health clubs and various schools. Simultaneously, he devoted time to study for his ASA Teachers and Coaches Level 3 qualification, achieving this in 2010. He went on to become Joint Head Coach of Sutton Atlantis SC, guiding the club to many county and regional successes with minimal resources.

In March 2014, Stuart joined Guildford City as a coach, gaining valuable experience at a high level. In July 2014, he took the role of full-time Head Coach at Elmbridge Phoenix as part of the ‘Pathway’ between the 2 clubs whilst continuing to work part-time for Guildford City SC with High Performance and Competitive Development squads. This successful arrangement was officially ended in July 2017, when Stuart was asked by the Committee at Elmbridge Phoenix Swimming Club to take on the role as Head Coach full-time.


As Head Coach, Stuart has guided EPSC through a very successful Arena League campaign winning every round, and oversaw an unprecedented increase in swimmers qualifying for, and achieving, county, regional and national honours.  

With an ever-growing membership of swimmers wanting success at the highest level, Stuart has put together a fine group of committed coaches who share his vision in achieving this.

Glen Melson

Assistant Head Coach

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Glen has been a member of Elmbridge Phoenix since 2003. He has swum competitively for 15 years, going to the National championships on multiple occasions.


In 2015, Glen graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science. During his time at Loughborough, he swum for the university team. After graduating from university, he became an ASA level 2 teacher of aquatics, as well as an ASA level 2 swimming coach. He has been able to use his previous knowledge and experience of competitive swimming to benefit others in the club. As well as being the Assistant Head Coach, Glen is the Lead Coach for Junior Performance Squad.

Glens passion for exercise and health lead him to completing NASM Level 3 Personal Trainer course. He now instructs the land conditioning sessions for the Seniors and Juniors, developing core strength, flexibility and mobility. In addition to this, he works in the gym with the senior swimmers to increase aerobic fitness, muscular strength and power, to improve performance.

As well as working at Elmbridge he also coaches at ACS International School in Cobham. His active lifestyle has meant he can represent the club and compete at team events, as well as swimming individually at counties and regionals. He hopes his sporting achievements can motivate younger swimmers to develop as athletes and encourage them to improve.

Stacey Portat

Senior Coach

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Veronica Banks

Masters Lead Coach

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Sebastian Leather

Junior Lead Coach

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Clara Nutting

Junior Lead Coach

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Morgan Portat

Seniors Coach

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Sarah Lidbetter

Junior Coach

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Millicent Fantham

Junior Coach

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Renee Gallant

Junior Coach

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Pauline Nicholls

Coach

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Jacky Sewter

Junior Assitant Coach

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Zoe Bainbridge

Junior Assitant Coach

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Eve Perry

Junior Assitant Coach

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