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USN Bolton Arena Becomes Regional Player Development Centre

 

We are delighted to announce that USN Bolton Arena has been chosen as a regional player development centre by the LTA.

The regional player development centres will provide high level support to junior players with high potential aged between 10 – 14yrs.  The regional centres will also provide an exceptional standard of coaching and structured sessions geared towards the athletic development necessary to progress to a national academy.

Scott Lloyd, LTA Chief Executive, said: ” With an emphasis on creating a seamless player pathway for talent development, this new Performance Strategy marks a step-change in the LTA’s approach to developing a pipeline of future tennis champions. It’s fantastic to see the new player pathway start to become a reality with the confirmation of the National Academies, supported by our new Regional Player Development Centres.”

USN Bolton Arena, Head Of Sport, Stuart Kay added: “We are delighted to be part of the Lawn Tennis Association Regional Player Development Centre performance pathway. This is in recognition of all the hard work the coaching team have put in over the past 10 years. We have built up an excellent reputation in the northwest for providing a fantastic pathway for all players.”

It is down to the hard-work and dedication of our team that we have been presented with this exciting new challenge. This is also a huge leap forward regarding our long-term development.

To find out more, take a look at the article here.

For more information on our tennis programmes email stuartkay@boltonarena.com or click here.

 

 

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USN Bolton Arena And Avocado Health Bar Become Commercial Partners

USN Bolton Arena are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Avocado Health Bar.

Avocado Health Bar, based in Horwich are experts at providing healthy living food for the local community. Real chefs working with real nutritionists to produce tailor made meals to suit specific goals.

As education in nutrition develops, Arena customers are becoming more conscious of the relationship with health/performance and correct nutrition. The new partnership will benefit the thousands of gym members, athletes and business customers that come through the doors every day.

Avocado Health Bar will provide nutritional grab and go meals which will be in stocked in the Arena’s Refresh Cafe, whilst also introducing their bespoke meal prep service which is available to order and collect directly from USN Bolton Arena.

Avocado have become a Commercial Partner at USN Bolton Arena promoting their brand on the new fully integrated digital advertising platform around the venue. They will advertise their products and services alongside new and existing commercial partners on screens in high footfall areas of USN Bolton Arena.

Michael Walker Managing Director, Avocado Health Bar provided this statement “Avocado Health Bar are delighted to become a partner of USN Bolton Arena. Working together we will able to provide a service that will set the USN Bolton Arena and ourselves apart. We aim to provide a service tailored to all the Arena’s customers. Whether it be a gym member, academy tennis player or fitness professional.

Howard Green Head of Strength and Conditioning, USN Bolton Arena added “By introducing this nutrition service in the Arena, we are increasing the opportunities for our gym members and athletes to meet their requirements. The grab and go options will help fill the gaps during their training day.

We hope to work more closely with Avocado and our nutrition consultant to make the service individualised to the tennis players needs and goals.” We see this is key opportunity to further enhance our mission to provide a healthy lifestyle for all.

Avocado Grab and Go boxes available now at Refresh Cafe

Healthy meals hot or cold at your convenience to eat in or take away for only £4.50. There’s a wide variety of meals for everyone to enjoy.

Packed in every box:

– High in protein

– High nutrient content including a whole load of micro-nutrients

– High in fibre

– Under 500kcal per box

– Low in saturated fats

– Low in simple carbohydrates and sugars

– No preservatives

SIMPLE, HONEST, GREAT TASTING HEALTHY FOOD IN NO TIME AT ALL.

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Job Opportunity: Casual Catering Assistants

Casual Catering Assistants

Working in the Refresh Café, the successful applicant will be required to provide an efficient, high quality service to conference, event and cafe customers maximising on all sales opportunities and ensuring full adherence to health & safety and food hygiene legislation.

Full training will be provided, and successful candidates will be required to successfully achieve Food Hygiene training.

A wide variety of shift patterns exist and will involve weekend and evening, however, there is no guarantee that work will be offered regularly.

Shift examples:

Weekdays:

0730-1530
1300-2100
1700-2100

Weekends:

0800/0900-1500/1600
1200-1600

Weekend working is an essential part of the role.

For further information and an application form please contact:

Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Officer at kathrynplatt@boltonarena.com

Please not that although CV’s will be accepted as support of an application, the company’s application must be completed in full.

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

Closing date: 16th April 2018

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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.

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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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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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Discussion: Shoulder Impingement

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 shoulder impingement’s…

A recent study investigated whether a specific exercise strategy improved levels of shoulder function and experienced pain more than unspecific exercises in a population of patients derived from the waiting list for surgery that had been presenting subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS) for six months or more. Moreover, it was investigated if this specific exercise strategy was subsequently able to reduce the need for arthroscopic subacromial decompression.

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 The specific exercise group was treated according to a protocol based on recent literature, consisting of eccentric rotator cuff training and training of the scapula stabilizing muscles. The control group received unspecific exercises that had only a very limited effect.

 The specific exercise group improved significantly more than the control group. A significantly lower proportion of patients receiving specific exercises (20%, vs. 63% receiving unspecific exercises) still chose surgery after completing the rehabilitation protocol.

Information from: Holmgren et al., British Medical Journal 344 (2012)

Article by: Summit Physio

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Merry Christmas From Summit

Are you looking for a physio to help you with that sore back or sporting injury? Well look no further, Summit Physio are here to help. Based on the west side of the Arena on the first floor, Summit are one of the best practices in the North-West.

As it’s Christmas, they’ve decided to make a trip to the physio more convenient for you and your loved ones.

Patients can receive a 20% discount when they book online and take this leaflet with them to their appointment. You can pick up a leaflet in our new member packs or at reception.

Are you still looking to get presents for your loved ones? Why not give them the gift of a pain free Christmas. Summit have Christmas vouchers available. For more information speak to a member of the Summit Physiotherapy Team or contact them on 0800 731 2738 or via email getmebetter@summitphysio.co.uk.

 

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Meet The Staff: Oliver Waugh-Swain

NAME: Oliver Waugh-Swain

AGE: 24

WORK TITLE: Fitness Instructor

WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE: The role I have at the gym involves leading classes, taking individual sessions, planning a structured programme specific to the gym public’s needs/ goals. Other roles within the centre involve making sure to keep a high standard in the gym, from a cleaning aspect and maintenance level.

HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR: It would have to be the other role I work alongside being a Fitness Instructor, which is Head of Mini Tennis for Strength & Conditioning for Bolton Arena, a role which I feel extremely proud to be a part of in such a great facility. From a personal highlight, it would be completing the London Marathon at 20 years old, raising over £1400 for charity, and being part of such an inspiring event.

SPECIAL WORK CHALLENGESThe most common challenge I come across, is the understanding reality of how much hard work and dedication goes towards achieving a set goal. For example there is more to think about when setting a target of training for yourself. Key factors relating are, nutrition, sleep and lifestyle choices which play a big part in how quickly the goal soon becomes. But with managing this effectively and having a supportive network, there is opportunity to enjoy the journey, not just the finish line.

FUTURE PLANS: I am currently working towards my UKSCA Accreditation within Strength & Conditioning. My plans within the fitness sector are to improve my experience in a variety of areas, which can help towards assisting the general public in their chosen specific goals. I feel by attending CPD courses, and immersing myself in the ever evolving industry, it is vital to keep up to date with exercise prescription & improving coaching skills.

BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT THE ARENA: The facilities and upkeep play a big part in my involvement at the centre, the environment of staff throughout different departments also make it a friendly/ enjoyable workplace to be part of. I’m career driven, and the arena is no different, constantly evolving, finding ways to keep its high standard of facility.

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Meet The Olympians

USN UK presents the “Olympian Tour”.

The Olympians Tour is a unique opportunity to meet USN athletes Ryan Terry and William Bonac.

Learn from the best in the business as they exclusively reveal their secret to becoming a pro athlete in the fitness industry. You will be given the chance to ask questions relating to training and nutrition and what they have found paramount to their success on the Mr Olympia stage.

You’ll also:

You’ll get a FREE B4-Bomb with every ticket purchase – RRP £37.99

You can get your tickets here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/olympia-tour-seminar-tickets-29072943958

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