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

Masters Coach

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Morgan Portat

Coach

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Pippa Sceats

Junior Coach

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Pippa (Pip) has been a competitive swimmer since 2011 when she first joined EPSC. She progressed through the squads and competed at her first Surrey County Championships in 2015 where her form stroke is breaststroke - although in Autumn that year she joined Woking SC where she subsequently won medals at both County and South-East Regional Championships, as well as competing in the Premier Division of the national inter-club Arena League. In Spring 2019, Pip returned to the Masters squad at EPSC.

Pip has also been working at Elmbridge Xcel since she became an ASA Level 2 qualified swimming teacher in 2018 - and here she specialises in younger years. Prior to this she was also an Assistant Coach at Woking SC for two years. More recently she has completed CPDs to further her knowledge, including Integrating Autistic Children into Mainstream Swimming. In Spring 2021 Pippa joined the coaching team at EPSC and is already planning to do further coaching courses over coming years too.

In September 2020 Pip began her degree course in Sport and Exercise Science at Portsmouth University, where she also swims on the Uni team. Pip has a passion for the science behind sports and wants to be able to apply her knowledge in areas such as physiology and biomechanics into everyday scenarios, as well as using psychology - and all of which can assist to find marginal gains and that valuable extra competitive edge.
 

Eve Perry

Junior Coach

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Swimming became a big part of Eve's life when she joined Elmbridge Phoenix at 9 years of age. After gaining her first county time for the 50m backstroke in 2013, she continued to train hard, and went on to win medals in multiple relay events at the Surrey County Championships, a silver medal at the South East Regional Championships in the 100m free, and compete at the English Nationals at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
 
Eve started to volunteer as a coach at Elmbridge Phoenix for her bronze and silver DofE and, after almost three years of volunteering, she then went on to complete her Level 1 and 2 teaching qualifications.  She has now been teaching at Elmbridge Phoenix and two local swim schools for three years. 
 
In September 2020 she started a new chapter in her life, studying Sports Science at the University of Birmingham. She is currently swimming with the High-Performance squad at the University, where she hopes to keep improving and adding to her swimming achievements.  She continues to coach for Elmbridge Phoenix during her holidays
 
Eve's focus is primarily on the younger squads, ensuring that they develop the correct techniques while enjoying their swimming. However, when necessary, Eve will also work with the Age Group and Youth Performance squads.
 
 

Zoe Bainbridge

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.

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