About us

Find out who we are and what we do

Prime Sports NW CIC

We are a Community Interest Company based in Bolton in the North West of England


The company grew out of the successful Community Development team of Bolton Rugby Union Football Club. We wanted to offer a wider range of coaching opportunities to young people in our Community. In addition, we wanted to work with people who are still young at heart and help groups to apply for grant funding.


We are an inclusive organisation with extensive experience in working with those with disabilities.


If you want to bring sports and physical activity to your school, group or would like to generate more players for your sports club, then talk to us and together we'll find an answer.


We are proud to be certified by Bolton Mark.


“Prime Sports NW CIC supported us on the delivery of our Bolton School Games Inclusive Sports Festival.  The coaches were enthusiastic, motivational and made the pupils feel at ease throughout the whole event.  They adapted to the needs of each individual and were professional in their delivery.  They contributed to the success and the smiles of our young participants and helped lead a fantastic day for all.”

Bernadette O'Hare, Bolton School Games Organiser



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Lynette Howie


Lynette is a "Rugby Mum" and no mean player herself. She controls the coaching schedules and is also Primes Sports NW's Gymnastics, Hockey and multi-sports coach. She brings her wide knowledge of sports coaching to the team and is one of the nicest people you would ever care to meet. Lynette will find a way to bring the best out of every person she coaches and has worked with people of all ages and abilities from new starters to highly respected athletes.

JonPaul "JP" Hardman


JP is a Director and founder of Prime Sports NW. He is a stalwart of Bolton Rugby Union FC having played at the club for many years. He is an expert Rugby Coach and motivator and a marvel when working with young people with disabilities. In addition to his Rugby Union coaching JP also coaches Field Hockey, Gaelic Football and Pilates on occasions. The "Silver Backed Panda" is the go to guy in Prime.

Peter Gore


Peter is a founding member of the team, now acting as a voluntary director, offering direction and guidance as required.


He has a background in coaching rugby at junior level (10 years) and schools PE coaching (5 years) and played Rugby Union for Leigh RUFC and Aberystwyth RFC for many years. Peter also takes part in our Walking Sports sessions and occasionally helps with hockey or rugby coaching.

Josh Holmes

Rugby, Gaelic Football, Cricket
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Josh joined Bolton Rugby Union FC at the age of 6 and has played for and captained every Junior age group at the club. His successes include taking the Colts teams to the league title and to back to back Lancashire Cup finals.
He is currently part of the Senior setup at Bolton RUFC representing the 1st XV.
His involvement in rugby is a major influence in his life and is keen to pursue a career in rugby and to see how far he car progress and is looking forward to the challenges that will bring.

Mack Middleton

Strength & Conditioning, Rugby,
Gaelic Football

Mack is our specialist Strength and Conditioning Coach and his current aim is to be a member of the 2020 Olympic Weightlifting Team. In addition Mack is an experienced Rugby coach and one of the youngest coaches to achieve Rugby Union's Level 2 certification. A popular figure with the pupils of several SEN schools in Bolton.

Mack is the British Junior Weightlifting champion.

Chris Brownlow

Cricket, Rugby, Gaelic Football,
Scooter Boards

Chris began playing Rugby League at the age of 3 at Westhoughton Lions Rugby club until he attended Bolton School when he decided to change codes and give Rugby Union a chance. He played at Bolton Rugby Union Club for 3 years, winning the league with the senior colts in his final year.
Chris’ forte lies with his cricket. He has been captain of the Lancashire age groups all the way from u11’s to u19s and has been selected to represent Lancashire in the Academy and Second XI. Chris also played for the North of England team at both u15 and u17 level.
Chris currently plays his club cricket in the Liverpool ECB competition whilst making regular performances for Cumberland Minor Counties Cricket Team.
Chris is a natural coach and always ensures his charges get the very best coaching possible whether it be Cricket or Rugby and come away from every session with new ideas and a smile on their faces.

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Sam Howie

Rugby, Website and Social Media Manager


Sam is a valued member of our coaching team but his main responsibility is to manage our online presence through our website and social media platforms


Sam has been a keen rugby player at Bolton RUFC since the age of 6, currently playing in the Junior Colts.


He is the assistant coach for the University of Bolton Rugby Team.​

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Keiran Burrows



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Rugby, Cricket


Julie Manley


Physio extraordinaire Julie keeps the players of Bolton RUFC and Bolton School  fit and healthy. A superb rugby player in her day Julie also finds a moment or two in her busy schedule to assist with Pilates coaching for Prime. As well as keeping our coaches on the straight and narrow.
Julie owns and runs Phoenix Physiotherapy a great starting point to get any aches, pains and strains fixed.

Joey Gore

Hockey, Rugby


Lancashire Hockey
Clifton Robinsons HC
Bolton HC
Bolton Rugby Union FC


Bolton RUFC Ladies Coach
Bolton RUFC Community Coach


Joey is our Field Hockey "consultant". He is currently studying at the University of Bristol and playing for Clifton Robinsons HC.


He has many years of both Rugby and Hockey experience both as Junior and Senior player and coach. He has played for every Junior and Senior team at Bolton Hockey and the same at Bolton RUFC from Under 9s to 1st XV.


Jessica Howie

Gymnastics, Hockey


Jessica has been a gymnast since the age of 5, starting at BGC and moving to Salford GC at 11 to pursue TeamGymnastics.


She enjoys tumbling, spending most of her time upside down!


She has a wealth of experience coaching pre-school through to adults gymnastics.