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 first ASA Teachers' and Coaches' qualification in 2006, quickly followed by his Level 2 in 2007 when he joined Sutton Atlantis SC as a part time coach.

In 2009, he decided to teach and coach swimming full time, working for Greater London Leisure, David Lloyd health clubs and various schools/clubs. Simultaneously, he devoted time to study for his ASA Teachers and Coaches Level 3 qualification, achieving this in 2010.

He was subsequently appointed Joint Head Coach of Sutton Atlantis SC, guiding the club to many county and regional successes with minimal resources.

In March 2014, he joined the coaching team at Guildford City SC, gaining valuable experience at a high level. In July of the same year, he took on the additional role of head coach at Elmbridge Phoenix as part of the ‘Pathway’ between the two clubs whilst continuing to work part-time for Guildford City SC with the 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 to take on the role as Head Coach full time, and the club has continued to go from strength to strength.

With an ever-growing membership of swimmers aspiring for success at the highest level, Stuart works with a great group of committed coaches. Together with the dedicated committee at EPSC that share a combined vision, Stuart and his coaching team aim to achieve success at all levels in our sport and to continue guiding many athletes to compete and succeed all the way up to National and Para National level.

Despite the challenges of Covid 19 and the devastating effects on the swimming community, Stuart and the team are excited to be back striving to help EPSC swimmers achieve their goals and again pushing for County, Regional and National honours once again.

 

Clara Nutting

Acting Assistant Head Coach

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Glen Melson

Lead 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.

Lizzy Bickford-Sawkings

Lead Coach

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Stephanie Anne James

Junior Coach

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Elle Portat

Junior Coach

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Duncan Harding

Land Training Coach

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Strength and conditioning training is central to the long-term development of our swimmers, and as one of our land training coaches, Duncan plays a key role in our programme.

Duncan gained a degree in Physical Geography at the University of Portsmouth, and, after university, qualified as both a personal trainer and sports massage therapist. He has since worked with elite level rugby players (at the Premiership side, London Irish) and cyclists. He uses the extensive knowledge and understanding of the human body he has gained through his work outside the club to develop the strength and conditioning bases of our swimmers, and to raise their levels of overall fitness.

He is passionate about improving an individual's health and well being, something which he demonstrated to great effect when he helped keep our swimmers physically fit and mentally engaged as preparation for their return to the pool by regularly holding the club's land training sessions via Zoom during the pandemic-enforced lockdowns.

Morgan Portat

Coach

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Sarah Lidbetter

Coach

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Eve Perry

Junior Coach

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Archie Donald

Junior Coach

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Zoe Bainbridge

Junior Coach

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