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Job Opportunity: Gymnastics Coach

Gymnastics Coach (Level 1 or above)

Salary:  BG level 1       £8.50 per hour
BG level 2       £11.25 per hour

The successful applicant will be required to assist and lead on evening gymnastics classes.

To apply for this exciting role, you must be qualified at UKCC Level 1 at least, (or equivalent) and in addition hold the following certificates/membership: –

All certificates relating to the above plus evidence of qualifications must be provided at the interview stage.

Hours of work – up to 24.75 hours per week.  This vacancy is flexible, and applications are invited from all applicants who may be seeking to work more / less hours per week or on a casual basis.

Tuesday           4pm – 8pm                                            Friday        10am – 11.30am & 4 – 8.30pm
Wednesday     4pm – 8.30pm                                      Saturday    9am – 12.30pm & 12.30pm – 4pm
Thursday         4pm – 8pm                                            Sunday       9.15am – 12pm & 12.30pm – 4pm

Additional hours may also be available during school holidays and during term time on outreach work with schools and holiday camps.

Applicants will also be required to provide documentation at the interview stage to verify their eligibility to live and work in the UK.

Excellent employee benefits include: –

To request an application pack, please email Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Manager, or telephone 01204 488115

CV’s are accepted in support of applications, accompanied by a completed application form.
Closing date: 16th April 2018

Marc Kay

Meet The Staff: Marc Kay

NAME Marc Kay

AGE: 31

WORK TITLE: Health and Fitness Instructor

WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE: The role involves creating tailored workouts that are unique for our members. Helping them to achieve their goals and ultimately improve their lifestyle.

HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR: Seeing the positive effect that exercise and fitness has on an individual’s overall well-being. It is not just the obvious physical change that occurs but also the self confidence gained that can be used in other aspects of a persons life.

SPECIAL WORK CHALLENGES: Helping people to not be afraid of the gym environment and to realise the overwhelming majority do not live on social media and come out of men’s health magazine. Everybody is different and has different capabilities and it’s important to not compare yourself to others but to focus on you and your own goals.

FUTURE PLANS: I am keen to further my knowledge within the fitness industry. I have a degree in sports science but would like to study nutrition as a higher qualification.

BEST THING ABOUT THE ARENA: I enjoy the team of staff that I work with at the arena.

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Meet The Staff: Helen Halliwell

NAME: Helen Halliwell

Age: 36

WORK TITLE:  Health and Fitness Instructor

WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE: Providing people with individual plans to achieve their own specific goals and offering help and support along the way to make sure this is achieved. Offering energetic and enthusiastic classes for all abilities to allow people to enjoy group exercise and get the most out of their class.

HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR: Seeing how exercise and fitness can not only change a person physically but mentally. Being able to be proud of so many people for what they have achieved in their life after starting their fitness journey.

SPECIAL WORK CHALLENGES: Trying to get people to realise that this is an individual journey as social media has made this industry and what it represents an impossible task.  People’s goals can be unrealistic which leads to a lack of motivation and quitting.  Don’t compare yourself to anyone but who you were yesterday.

FUTURE PLANS: To develop my knowledge on nutrition and mental health through exercise.

BEST THING ABOUT THE ARENA: Without a doubt the people I have the pleasure to work with and the members who always make me smile.


New Arena Football Leagues – Match Fees From Just £28

Looking for a new football league or just wanting to get back into it? If so then USN Bolton Arena is the place to be!

Here at the Arena we cater for a range of ages and abilities, so whether you’re currently playing at decent level or just returning with a few mates after a couple of years off, we’ve got you covered. Not only do we create a competitive and positive environment, we create a fun and enjoyable one too. Our Football staff are on hand to organise and help you along the way.

Six days a week we run the best small sided leagues in Bolton. This includes our 5, 7, 9 and 11-a-side leagues, along with our Youth leagues which take place on a Friday night.  Not only are our leagues competitive, but so are our prices. Adult leagues start from just £28 per team per match and our youth league games just £21 per team per match.

All our men’s league matches are 25 minutes each way, with our youth matches 20 minutes each way. All games are officiated by a qualified referee. With 2018 on the horizon, why not get the boys together and give January an early kick!

If you’re still not sure, why not to try before you buy? We’re also offering teams a FREE Trial Match before taking their place in the league. To request a FREE trial match click here.

For more information on our league rules click here (
If you would like further information on any of our leagues email or call us on 01204 488106.

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New Activities: Coming Soon

Are you a current member of the gym here at the Arena? Or have been in the past? Or are you a member of a different gym?

If you’re any of the above, you’ll know that there are times when your training can become boring. That’s why we introduced a range of different activities into our membership such as walking group, Couch to 5k, Bootcamp and more. All of which can be seen here.

Not content with just our current activities, we’ve decided to give you more! Over the coming weeks we’ll be introducing:

Cardio Blast – This will be a 15 minute high intensity session that will definitely get your heart racing. There will be no need to book, all you will need to do is turn up and get put through your paces by one of our instructors. The exercises will change each session to keep it interesting, so one session could be bike work and the next shuttle runs!

Advice Sessions – These sessions will take place on Saturdays and will involve an instructor being present in the free weights area throughout the morning to give out advice. So if you need some pointers on your technique or need some new exercises, come and speak to us!

Bleep Test –  You might not have enjoyed it at school, but the bleep test is a great way to test yourself and set yourself some goals. We’ll be putting it on once a month in the studio.

Body Fat Testing – If you’re looking to lose weight (fat), stepping on the scales isn’t always the best way to measure your progress. This is because of the fact that a set of scales won’t account for your muscle mass. Taking a Body Fat Test will let you know what percentage of your weight is fat, from this you can accurately see how much you’re losing.

Along with the new activities we’ve also added in some new stretch sessions to go along with our 15 minute ab workouts.

We are still keeping on some of your favourite activities, but with the colder winter weather coming into play the last sessions of the year will be taking place shortly. Last dates are

For more information on any of the new or existing activities speak to a member of the gym team. Alternatively look out for posters around the gym and keep an eye on our social media pages.

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Meet The Staff: Ryan Cadman

NAME: Ryan Cadman

AGE:  23

WORK TITLE: Health and Fitness Instructor

WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE: Helping people find specific health and fitness goals, then helping them obtain them within the gym environment. Giving people plans that they can follow which are suited to their individual needs and goals.

HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR: Helping and seeing a close friend lose up to 6 stone and getting them much fitter. Also winning my Pro card in Bodybuilding by coming first as a Junior Bodybuilder.

SPECIAL WORK CHALLENGES: Trying to make people see that the gym isn’t that big and scary but how it can be a fun place to be. Also there’s no point in doing a workout in which you don’t enjoy, if you enjoy it you give it 100%.

FUTURE PLANS: To learn more about the fitness industry as it is forever changing, you can never know enough! Branch out my knowledge to more cardio based exercises rather than strength and conditioning.

BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT THE ARENA: Since I joined the team I was made very welcome and comfortable from the start. People are more than happy to help each other.

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Gym Challenge: The Ultimate Member

Do you come to the gym often? Take part in a variety of different activities? Consider yourself  to be a gym hero? Well June could very well be your month.

Next month we will be running an “Ultimate Member” gym challenge where you’ll get the chance to accrue points taking part in a number of different gym activities.

Not only will you get the title of USN Bolton Arena’s Ultimate Member, but we’ve also put up some great prizes. We have a 1st place prize of £50 worth of shopping vouchers for the member with the most points and a raffle prize for everyone that completes four out of six activities.

The different activities include a studio class, an active session, an outdoor session, a programme review, attending the gym and liking us on Facebook. Once you have completed four, you’ll go into the prize draw for the chance to win £30 worth of shopping vouchers.

If you want to win it though, you’ll have to rack up the points by attending lots of activities. Here’s the break down of the points on offer:

Activity Points
Programme Review 2
Active Gym Session 2
Gym Visits 1
Boot Camp 15
Run Club 15
Tennis Court Booking 20
Walk Group 15
Zumba 5
Body Pump 4
Adrenaride 5
Body Combat 3
Yoga 8
Yoga/Pilates mix 6
Step/Body Step 4
Insanity 7
Circuits 7
Trim & Tone 4
Boogie Bounce 15
Clubbercise 9
Ab Blast 4
15 Minute Abs 3
Body Attack 3
Boxfit 5


Does it sound like a challenge that you would like to take on? If so all you need to do is speak to a member of the gym team to register. Don’t leave it too late though, as entry for the challenge closes on 31st May.

For more information call 01204 488118.

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Discussion: Skiing

Over the coming months Arena based business Summit Physio will be going over a number of common injuries and how to avoid them. This month they highlight the pressures of skiing…

The increase in the number of skiers has resulted in an increase in the number of musculoskeletal injuries requiring medical attention, not to mention muscular strain and soreness not requiring medical care. The chances of injury during skiing exceed football, which many people consider to be one of the most dangerous sports.


Proper physical conditioning is important to prevent joint injury as well as muscular strains and soreness. Fatigue is a major factor causing ski injury. This is not surprising since “skiing is probably the sport in which the largest proportion of people who participate, especially adults, do not condition themselves.”

Skiing requires proper conditioning and may result in a number of musculoskeletal injuries. Injuries of this variety may be prevented by physical conditioning of the skiing enthusiast in a specific program. We have presented a program that may be useful in both clinical and training settings as a method to enhance muscular endurance necessary for increased enjoyment of the skiing experience and to condition the musculoskeletal system for the substantial demands required of it during downhill and cross-country skiing.

Information from: Morrissey et al., Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.

Article: Summit Physio



Job Opportunity: Casual Health & Fitness Instructor

We are seeking a motivated, reliable and hardworking individual to join our Health & Fitness team. Responsible for delivering excellent customer service you will provide coaching, motivation and advice to members, helping them to identify and achieve personal goals.

You will work well as part of a team, be an effective communicator with colleagues and customers alike and have a ‘can do’ attitude as well as a personal passion for Health & Fitness.

In return we offer free gym membership, uniform, free parking and a great place to work.

Hours: To provide shift cover as and when required

Shift times: Hours of work will include weekdays, evenings and weekends and examples of shift times include: –

Applicants must hold a minimum Level 2 qualification in Health & Fitness Instructing and ideally have recent demonstrable experience of working in a Health & Fitness Suite. Desirable applicants will also hold other relevant qualifications in areas such as studio cycling, boxing/padwork and kettle bells, etc.

For further details and application form please contact:

Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Officer


Closing date: 30th April 2017, 12 noon


Let’s Move For A Better World Challenge 2017

It’s back! Technogym’s popular gym challenge, Let’s Move For A Better World, returns to the Arena 13th – 31st March.

The challenge works by recording members MOVES (measurements of physical activity, collected by training on Technogym cardio and strength equipment connected to the MyWellness cloud) collectively as a club. Our MOVES are then tallied against other clubs around the UK, with the winning club receiving the grand prize of Technogym equipment. It’s a challenge that all members can get involved with, just jump on a piece of cardio equipment and get MOVing.

As a club we won the challenge back in 2014. We were then able to donate thousands of pounds worth of Technogym gym equipment to Rivington and Blackrod High School.

We are also offering individual prizes. Everyone who enters the challenge will be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes! Last year we gave away free gym memberships, gift vouchers and daily spot prizes, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for what’s on offer this time around.

So come along and join us at the USN Bolton Arena gym and get moving in 2017.

Call 01204 488118 or speak to a member of the gym team to get signed up.

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