Jon has been climbing for 6 years, bouldering and sport climbing indoors and outdoors, his focus is being able to travel the world and visit as many different interesting crags as possible. Jon enjoys getting climbers more familiar using the gym to improve in climbing when not on the wall. Strength training is a vital part in climbing when wanting to progress through a plateau.

Climbing better over climbing harder, making climbing feel and look easy.

If you want to book in a coach who can help you build your own training programme, teach good habits on the wall and give you the basis for good climbing technique, Jon can help you progress past your climbing “wall”.


Alessio aka Pagno is one of our original staff members, he joined Stronghold just 6 months after we opened back in 2017.

He has been climbing for nearly 8 years, focusing on just bouldering, both indoors and outdoors. Regardless of being inside or outside, steep and powerful boulder problems are what he enjoys the most.

To complement his climbing sessions, Pagno also trains consistently on the finger board, a very useful tool to develop strong and healthy fingers, so if you’re an intermediate climber and are interested in getting started with it, or you are simply looking to improve your basic strength and power, he’s the person to go to.


Ryan is our most experienced coach, having been with Stronghold since the original centre’s opening day and has coached and instructed across all of our offerings, working with beginners and experienced climbers alike.

As a dad of two, Ryan is a natural when it comes to coaching kids and along with Jon heads up our Stronghold Youth Squad as well as spearheading our NICAS bouldering setup.

Ryan’s structured sessions are great for learning and working on the fundamental climbing techniques whether you are a beginner or an intermediate and can help with building a strong foundation for your climbing.


Irma grew up scrambling up mountains, kayaking competitively, and free diving. She first discovered sport climbing before finding a passion for deep water soloing (the perfect combo – rock and water). In 2018, a few years after discovering climbing, she landed third place in the first Red Bull Psicobloc competition in the Middle East. Nowadays, Irma mostly boulders in the Peaks and deep water soloes on the Adriatic coast.

Together, you and Irma will assess your performance, mental and physical, and work on your self-motivation by setting realistic goals and plans to achieve them. Irma is great at delivering high motivation and high intensity sessions, and advising on strength and finger training.

Matthew Warder PT Coach


Matt is one of the newest additions to the Stronghold team and a L3 certified personal trainer. Matt is on hand to deliver one to one gym training sessions for all climbing and non-climbing related goals, from strength training to weight loss. As an ultra-marathon runner and climber of 5 years Matt understands the demands these kinds of sports have on the body and how to progress using his experience of exercise programming, form focused coaching and progressive overload.

Matt can normally be found in the gym or climbing most days and is always up for a chat, so if you are in need some guidance when it comes to your workouts or stuck in a fitness plateau, Matt is your guy to motivate you and help you achieve your goals!

Improve your climbing with a personalised climbing coaching session.  Single sessions and multi-passes available with added saving for members!

  • Adults £45/hour +£15 for additional participant
  • U18s from £30/hour +£15 for additional participant
  • Over 10% saving for members!
  • Single sessions and multi-session passes available.
  • 1:1 or 1:2 sessions available

Our qualified coaches will tailor each session to you and can assist with everything from fundamental climbing techniques to the more advanced needs of a climber such as the tactical, technical, physical and psychological aspects of the sport.

No matter where you are in your climbing journey – just starting up to seasoned competitor – our coaches are here to help you improve!

For more information and bookings please contact us directly on bookings@thestrongholduk.com