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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.


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.

Chris McCrory

Arena Football Player Profile: Christian McCrory

Arena Football Player Profiles

Player name:  Christian McCrory

Team/s: AFC Thatchers, Enjoy The Possession, FC Santos, (too many over the years)

Position: Attack

How long have you played football at USN Bolton Arena?

9 years, first in the junior format back in 2008.

What are your top 3 sports to watch and participate in?

Golf, Football, Table Tennis.

Which football team do you support?

Manchester United

From the wider world of sport, what’s your favourite sporting memory?

Tiger Woods chip in on 16, 2005 US masters.

Who are your sporting heroes/favourite players (3 names max)?

Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Xavi.

If you could choose to have scored any goal in the history of football, which one would it be? E.G. Beckham vs Greece.

Paulo Di-Canio bicycle kick vs Wimbledon. Fabulous technique.

Answering honestly, what are the strongest & weakest parts of your game (football)?

Strongest: Both Footed, Passing, finesse finish.

Weakest: strength on and off the ball, pace.

Carl Edwards player pool

Arena Football Player Profile: Carl Edwards

Arena Football Player Profiles

Player name: Carl Edwards

Team/s: It’s Going to Get Messi, Player pool, Special Ones, 99 Problems but a Pitch Ain’t One & Deane FC.

Position (GK, DEF, ATT): Attacking Mid’

How long have you played football at USN Bolton Arena?

13 years with a number of different teams and in a number of different leagues across 5s, 6s, 7s, MUGA & 11s.

What are your top 3 sports to watch and participate in?

Football, Boxing & Snooker

Which football team do you support?

Newcastle United

From the wider world of sport, what’s your favourite sporting memory?

England winning the Rugby World Cup 2003. It’s hard to match that in any other sport.

Who are your sporting heroes/favourite players (3 names max)?

Alan Shearer, Ronnie O’Sullivan & Floyd Mayweather

If you could choose to have scored any goal in the history of football, which one would it be? E.G. Beckham vs Greece.

World cup winning goal for England in 1966

Answering honestly, what are the strongest & weakest parts of your game (football)?

Strongest: Footwork, vision, playing the killer pass & strength of shot.

Weakest: Tracking my man, temperament, get too relaxed when amongst good players.

AC Milads

Meet The Team: AC Milads

This year we have started to highlight the teams playing in our football leagues. If you would like your team to be featured, get in touch by emailing us on This month it’s the turn of…

League – Currently Thursday 7s Premier League.
Team Name – AC Milads
Manager – Nick Holt and ‘AJ’ Murray
Appearances – 10+ years. Nick & Co started with us as teenagers, some of this group even played in our Friday junior section. Pound for pound one of our top 5 sides. Between them they’ve won all their is to win at Arenaland at 5-a-side, 6-a-side and 7-a-side.


Find Your Fitness In 2017

If 2016 wasn’t your year, let us help you achieve all your fitness goals in 2017.

We’ve incorporated a whole host of brand new activities to make sure that there’s something for everyone. You will truly be able to find your fitness in 2017.

We’ve always aimed to give members more for their money. Market leading studio classes, Boxfit sessions, 1:1 sessions, personalised programmes and sauna and steam are just some of the activities available in your membership. Not content with that we’ve added more!

One of the first activities to launch last November was our “Couch To 5K” running group. The idea behind the group was to support members that had never run before or struggled with running, to get them to a standard where they could complete a 5K run. This culminated in members taking part in the Bolton park run on 17th December. Due to the current wintry conditions the group has now been postponed until early March.

The same will happen with Bootcamp. Although there was great demand for something a bit tougher, the ice cold temperatures seemed to put people off during the trial phase.  Because of this Bootcamp will also return in March 2017.

The walking group also proved very popular. Over 10 members took part in the last walk of 2016. Monthly walks are planned going forward with the first taking place on 19th January 2017.

Boogie Bounce is back as a permanent fixture on our studio timetable. The brand new class has taken the fitness industry by storm over the last few month’s. The class has proved very popular so if you’d like to try it make sure you get yourself booked on in advance.

Boogie Bounce

If getting that six pack you’ve always wanted is at the top of the list for 2017, we have a session just for you…15 Minute Abs! No booking required just make sure that you’re by the stretch zone at 7:45am, 10:45am, 1:15pm or 4:15pm (Mon – Fri) and get ready for a tough core workout.

If you’re struggling with motivation to train by yourself, get down to one of our coffee mornings and you could meet your training partner. Training with someone else helps to keep you on track.

As you can see there are plenty of activities for all. You can see a full list of what’s available as part of your membership here.

If you’d like anymore information on any of our new activities, get in touch by calling 01204 488104. You can also leave us a suggestion about a new activity you would like to see at the Arena via the enquiry form here.




Meet The Team: McMugs

This year we have started to highlight the teams playing in our football leagues. If you would like your team to be featured, get in touch by emailing us on This month it’s the turn of…

League – Monday 5s Premier League
Team Name – McMugs
Manager – Daniel Walmsley
Appearances – Two years. Very reliable team in terms of matches played but aren’t always the best at being on time (running joke).

Summit Office

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.

Shoulder Impingement 2

 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


Fitness For Christmas And New Year

2016 has been a terrific year and was finished off with a number of trial activities taking place, along with a Technogym Challenge. Two teams competed against each other to see who could collect the most moves using our top-of-the-range specialised gym equipment.

As a club, we reached more than 250,000 moves and our individual winners for this latest challenge have done a fantastic job. Staff member Nicola Seymour topped the table with 31,066 moves but our overall winner was member Carol Wroe on an amazing 28,653 – well done, Carol!

Our other top achievers were: Graham Bateson 20,075, Gary Cuthbertson  17,949, Stuart Van Cuylenburg 17,830, Robin Billins 15,960, Catherine Mangnall 15,094, Michael Farnworth 14,421, Champak Fakira 11,645, Michelle Warburton, 11,485, Martin Houghton 11,369, John Hodgkinson 10,990, Gwyn McGrath10,865, Brian Wroe, 10,848, Jon Preece 10,430, James Pullen 9,237, Anand Ahuja 8,871, Gareth Mann 7,218, Jan Taylor 6,822 and Tracey Lowe 6,755.

Congratulations to everyone who took part and did so well.


CHRISTMAS and New Year are almost here and they’re great times for ensuring you keep your fitness going by coming into the USN Bolton Arena.

Our helpful staff are always on hand to ensure you get the most from your gym membership and to answer any questions about training and diet.

Over the coming weeks our opening times are:

Friday, December 23rd – Normal opening

Saturday, December 24th – 8am – 6pm

Sunday, December 25th – Closed

Monday, December 26th – Closed

Tuesday, December 27th – 8am – 6pm

Wednesday, December 28th – 8am – 6pm

Thursday, December 29th – 8am – 6pm

Friday, December 30th – 8am – 6pm

Saturday, December 31st – 8am – 6pm

Sunday, January 1st – Closed

Monday, January 2nd – 8am – 6pm

Tuesday, January 3rd – Normal opening

Looking ahead to 2017, we’ve got plenty of fantastic activities planned. Having trialed a number of new activities over November and December, which have proven very popular, we’ll be looking to add some of these to our permanent timetables.

As always, if you have any suggestions about what activities you’d like to see at the Arena in 2017, get in touch with us by emailing We may well give it a try!

From all at USN Bolton Arena have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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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