RacketEdge Conference







About the conference

"Developing the youth athlete on and off the court"


Following on from our successful inaugural conference, RacketEdge is delighted to announce details of our second conference, aimed at tennis coaches, strength and conditioning practitioners and any member of an interdisciplinary team that works with youth athletes.


The conference will provide delegates with an insight into:


Methods to develop physical literacy


Enhance performance on the court 


Reduce injury risk


Manage the mental demands of playing sport 


Provide discussion on what entails a supportive environment for physical and mental wellbeing for young people.


The day will be a combination of on and off court workshops with group discussions and time to network with fellow professionals. 


Saturday 2nd February 2019

Bolton Arena,

Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6LB


Nearest Transport Links

Nearest Airport: Manchester Airport

Nearest Train Station: Horwich Parkway


Manchester Airport is approximately 45-60 minutes away by road or train from Bolton Arena. 


Recommended Accommodation

Premier Inn Bolton Arena

Mercure Bolton Georgian House


Premier Inn Bolton Arena is directly opposite the venue with the Mecure one mile away from the arena. 




02/11/09 - 01/01/19

A reduced rate for the conference from the 2nd November until 1st January.

Early Bird Price


02/01/19 - 02/02/19

Standard price up until the day of the conference. 

Standard Price

About the Speakers


Maz Bury is a UKSCA accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach and has been working at the West Hants Club with performance tennis players since 2005. Her role as 'Strength & Conditioning (S&C) Manager' includes coordinating the S&C squad programmes, liaising with coaches, physiotherapists and the LTA staff, organizing regular fitness testing & physiotherapy screenings as well as working individually with the players to help them be in peak physical condition.


Before moving to West Hants, Maz's passion for sport and education started at Exeter University where she gained her BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science. Maz’s fascination with movement mechanics and sports injuries then led her to study for another two years to achieve a first-class postgraduate qualification from St. Mary's (Twickenham) in 'Sports Rehabilitation'.


Maz is passionate about helping players to develop an explosive, balanced and injury-free body. Her personal love of sport combined with her experience and qualifications in the field help her to deliver considered, structured and progressive programmes for the players here at West Hants.




Maz Bury


Jonny has a wealth of experience in tennis being a strength and conditioning coach and tennis coach for nearly 10  years. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a Master Tennis Performance specialist with the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA).


Jonny has spent time working with ITF, ATP and WTA players traveling around the world to support players working with Claudio Pistolesi Enterprise (CPE). He has spent a number of years working with youth athletes having set up sport science programmes at tennis centres. 


Academically he has an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science from Sheffield Hallam University and teaches on the Sport and Exercise Science degree. Jonny has spoken at a number of conferences and courses across the world including the iTPA World Tennis Fitness Conference ,STMS Tennis Medicine and Science Conference, The Tennis Congress and GPTCA course. 




Jonny Fraser


He is an accredited S&C coach with the UKSCA, a Certified Tennis Performance Specialist with the iTPA and has a First-Class Hons degree in Sports Coaching – including several coaching qualifications. Howard has been the Head of Strength & Conditioning at USN Bolton Arena for over 9 years. 


Howard has experience of preparing internationally competing Professional and Junior players at WTA, ATP, ITF and Tennis Europe levels, most notably working with two world number one athletes Ana Ivanovic and Laura Massaro (squash).


Howard is an international speaker in the physical preparation of tennis players and youth athletes. In 2018 he has presented at the Australian Open Grand Slam Conference, the WTCA conference in Paris, a youth conference in Edinburgh and Speed & Agility workshop in London.


Prior to coaching, Howard spent 6 years in the Royal Marines Commandos, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  



Howard Green


Chris is the Strength & Conditioning Lead for LTA, previously he was Head of Strength and Conditioning for the English Institute if Sport, where he oversaw  the S&C delivery and technical development of staff across many Olympic / Paralympic sports .


Through his career Chris has worked as Strength and Conditioning coach for a wide range of sports including GB Sailing, RFUW, Gymnastics, Badminton, GB Swimming and Rugby 7’s.  Within these roles Chris has been involved in Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championship preparations.


Chris is also currently completing a MSc in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership





Chris McLeod


Ruben is the head of coach education and head physical coach for the High-Performance Department of U12 tennis for Tennis Vlaanderen (the Flemish Tennis Federation).


Together with a team, Ruben coordinates programs and projects like KidsTennis, physical coach development, regional workshops and many more. He is the co-author of the manual KidsTennis and developed the physical coach manual and several other coach education programmes.


He has also been a speaker at national and international conferences. Ruben has a degree in Physical Education.




Ruben Neyens


Merlin currently works within Coach Development at the Lawn Tennis Association, responsible for Qualifications, Coach Accreditation and professional development events including the LTA National Coach Conference. He holds the LTA Senior Performance Qualification, the ITF Coach of Advanced Players qualification and is also PTR Qualified.


Prior to the LTA, Merlin worked for the International Tennis Federation overseeing the delivery the ITF’s distance learning platforms and Tennis He also held the position of Assistant Research Officer and was the Associate Editor of the ITF Coaching and Sport Science Review journal.


He has a Master’s Degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Loughborough University, a degree in Psychology from UCD, and coaching experience across all levels including Mini Tennis, junior development and competitive tennis, having been a member of the coaching team for the 2012 and 2014 ITF international touring teams – travelling with players as high as 15 on the ITF junior tour.





Merlin Van de Braam

Testimonials from our last conference

Josh Crossley, Tennis Coach

"RacketEdge managed to organise some fantastic speakers which had both practical/theory elements to them. Each speaker had a purpose and an aim for the coaches to takeaway and it was great being able to go back through my notes and reflect on how these aims can be implemented into my own coaching/team. 


I would definitely recommend this to other tennis/strength and conditioning coaches looking to further there knowledge in a variety of fields and be able to interact with other coaches from all over the country".

''The RacketEdge Conference was an excellent combination of both presentations and practical sessions from experts in the field. The diverse knowledge shared by the practitioners presenting enabled me to take home ideas which will help me grow as a practitioner.

There was a common theme around practitioner development and self reflection and I am sure every delegate went home and reflected on their current practice. It was exciting that so many ideas were shared and discussed and I am certainly looking forward to the next conference".

Hannah Pitt, S&C Coach