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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.

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Still Time To Enjoy Summer Of Sport

It’s been an amazing summer of sport so far!

After mixed fortunes for the home nations in the Euros, home pride was restored when Andy Murray claimed the Wimbledon men’s singles’ title. And then Chris Froome continued the party when he won the Tour de France in fabulous style!

Now, it’s the turn of the Rio Olympics and the chance to see modern legends like superstar runner Usain Bolt and Brit favourite, heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill among the many inspirational performances on offer.

And we’ve had our share of inspiring performances at the Arena in our Summer of Sport!

Martin Jones won our Tour De France gym challenge, covering a staggering 1424km, followed by Jackie Birks (1005km) and Julian Wood (828km). They all now get to enjoy some much needed retail therapy having won Trafford Centre shopping vouchers.

We are now into our Olympic Challenges, where we are challenging our members to combine their efforts to cover the 9.351km to Rio. As well as raising money for charity, members are in with a chance of winning a much sought-after Technogym Active Sitting Ball. If cardio isn’t your thing, why not try our many strength challenges, where there are also lots of spot prizes up for grabs.

And this weekend (Sunday 14th August), there’s a chance for you and your family to get involved in the Great British Tennis Weekend, where there will be a variety of FREE Tennis coaching and play sessions for all the family. To find out more and to register, go to or call the Arena on 01204 488100.

So don’t just watch this amazing summer of sport on TV – Get involved!!

Meet The Staff: Stuart Kay

NAME:  Stuart Kay

AGE:  42

JOB:  Tennis Manager

BACKGROUND: My dad was in the Forces so I travelled around the world when I was young. I went to school in Germany and played all sports – badminton, football and where I first played tennis in my teens. I got a bit more interested in tennis and played for a German club but that was really my level, as a club player. My Mum was from Preston so when we came back to the UK, we lived in Preston.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: I started working in leisure centres – first as an attendant and eventually became assistant manager – and then I got a job at Southport Tennis Centre as Manager where I worked for 10 years. I realised that I wanted to teach tennis, especially to youngsters, and took my coaching Levels 1, 2 and 3 there. I came to Bolton Arena as Tennis Manager 12 years ago. A lot has changed in that time in tennis generally and here we have the High Performance Centre which attracts many players from outside the Bolton area  and further afield including Yorkshire and Cumbria. I’ve been involved in the development side of tennis, bringing large tournaments here and team tournaments like the under-14s – which is something I’ve been really proud of.

IS TENNIS MORE POPULAR AT THIS TIME OF YEAR? Wimbledon Fortnight always makes a difference and we get more people coming to play tennis at the Arena, which is great.

IS YOUR WORK JUST WITHIN THE ARENA? No. We have an outreach programme where we work with 25 different schools and we try to promote tennis across the borough. We’re also working with tennis clubs at Lostock and Eagley and putting on sessions in Moss Bank Park.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF TENNIS LOCALLY? I think it needs to be available to more people by making it fun, through cardio and other sorts of enjoyable tennis sessions, to help everyone’s fitness and making sport more accessible.

WHY DO YOU LIKE WORKING AT THE ARENA? The staff and the facilities are great here. My job is never mundane, it’s always different, working with different people. I still really enjoy it.

HOW DO YOU KEEP FIT THESE DAYS? I don’t get on court enough to play tennis these days but I tend to go for a 30-minute run which I like.



Kids’ Holiday Camp Fun For All

NOT sure how to keep your children happy and active during the long school Summer holidays?

The USN Bolton Arena has a great solution with its popular Holiday Camp sessions. From Monday, July 25th to Friday, September 2nd, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, we will be running active sessions from 8am to 6pm to delight all ages.

Our Ofsted-registered holiday camp offers a fun-packed day of sport and physical activity for youngsters aged five to 15 years. Activities include athletics, boxing, floorball, swimming football, waterplay, tournaments, arts and crafts, dodgeball, handball, rugby and much more.

Cost is £23 per day, or £20 with an arenaactive card or pay for five days at £90; childcare vouchers are also accepted.

There are limited places available – but the fun is unlimited! Just call 01204 488100 to book a place.


Get An Awesome Active Bundle

IF you have always wanted to try out the gym and other facilities at the USN Bolton Arena but didn’t want to commit to a membership, this Summer offers a unique opportunity.

Our new Active Bundle is a great way to sample for yourself our fully-equipped fitness suite, relaxing sauna and steam room and some of our 200 energising studio classes each month.

With the Active Bundle you get 10 day passes you can use for the gym, sauna and steam room or for our studio classes. You can also have free bonus vouchers that include a one-hour tennis coaching session, a one-hour badminton court, a one-hour adult gymnastics’ session, an arenaactive card and one month free on any 12-month gym membership.

Just call 01204 488104 to find out more, and take the first step to lifelong fitness.


Step Into An Active Summer Of Sport

IT’S been a brilliant Summer of Sport so far – and there’s still so much more to come!

We’ve already had some amazing football matches in the Euros with patriotic feelings running high, especially for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Wonder goals have come from players like top scorers Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo and nail-biters in the group stages included a 3-3 draw between Hungary and Poland.

However, now the Euros are over for England you may want to turn your attention to other sporting events over the next few months. Wimbledon has been delighting many with its clutch of major stars vying for honours and lesser-known players giving the performance of their lives. The finals on July 9th and 10th offer special viewing for tennis fans – and I know many tennis fans here at the Arena will be in front of their TV screens then.

The Tour de France gets underway on July 2nd with a chance to marvel at this talented field of international cyclists; by July 24th this year’s champion finally powers through.

For golf fans, the 145th British Open Championships running from July 14th to July 17th in the rugged West of Scotland at Royal Troon provides a fascinating look at the pro’s who make the game look so easy when we know it isn’t!

The long-awaited Rio Olympics has its impressive opening ceremony on August 5th , and just over a week later on August 13th the new football season starts.

Once we have viewed all the new world records and personal best times and performances of the Olympics, it comes to a close on August 21st. . And all the inspiration and athletic prowess of the Paralympics begins with the opening ceremony on September 7th with events finishing on September 18th .

If this remarkable sporting Summer inspires you to get off your couch and into the gym, onto the running track or the tennis court, why not come down to the USN Bolton Arena?

We’ve got our own Tour de France Gym Challenge from July 2nd to 24th when you can see how far you can travel on a bike. You need to register with a TGS key for this and there are spot prizes throughout the challenge, plus a first prize of a £50 voucher, second of a £30 voucher and third prize of a £20 voucher. There’s just never been a better time to get on your bike!

It’s also never been cheaper to join the Arena gym. We’ve got £20.16 off all 12-month gym memberships throughout the Summer of Sport.

Don’t Just Watch It On TV – Get Involved!

THE Summer of 2016 is going to be a really exciting one for sports’ fans.

A month of football started on 10th of June with Euro 2016 and will be followed by the start of Wimbledon fortnight on 27th June.

July 10th is an amazing day of sport with the Men’s Singles Final, Euro 2016 Final and the British Grand Prix all happening on the same day!

July also sees the Tour de France, Open Golf Championships and two England cricket Test matches. July 17th is also a massive day of sport in Bolton with the return of Ironman UK.

The Football season starts again in August along with the greatest show on Earth, the 2016 Olympics starting on 5th August. The sporting spectacular continues into September with the 2016 Paralympics.

At the USN Bolton Arena, we don’t want YOU to just watch all these fabulous events on TV, we want you to GET INVOLVED! So we’ve got some great money-saving offers to help get you started.

From 13th June, we’ll be taking off £20.16 off all our memberships to bring some sunshine into your fitness plans.

If you’re unsure about membership, why not try the new ACTIVE BUNDLE. This includes 10 gym or class passes and bonus vouchers so you can come along and really try out everything the Arena offers without the commitment of membership – all for only £49.99. This saves you £27.51 and gets you £62.99 worth of free bonus vouchers.

For more ways to get involved in sport this summer, go to our Summer of Sport web page. In the meantime, enjoy a fabulous Summer of Sport!

Hannah’s A Smash Hit

PLAYERS in the USN Bolton Arena’s High Performance Centre continue to impress the tennis world.

The latest is 16 years-old Hannah McColgan who won the 16 and under and the 18 and under national grade 2s and was subsequently invited to attend a national training camp at the National Tennis Centre.

Following this, she was selected to play for Great Britain in the 16 and under European Winter Cup held in the Netherlands in February.

The GB team won the event and travelled to the Czech Republic for the finals, with GB finishing fourth out of the top eight countries.

Hannah also played in the ladies’ county cup for Cheshire, held in Gloucestershire last November. She played at position one and won five out of six matches. As a team, Cheshire has been promoted and Hannah also played last month in the 18 and under county cup for Cheshire in Bath. The team is in Division One after gaining promotion last year.

Also in November, Hannah played in the Liverpool junior ITF singles and doubles, and she signed in and won a qualifying match in the Wirral £10k – her first ITF pro event.  Congratulations, Hannah!

Nike Junior International Returns To The USN Bolton Arena

The Nike Junior International returns to the USN Bolton Arena on Friday 15th January and will run until Friday 22nd January. The tournament plays host to the best tennis players, aged 14 and under, from around the world. Over the years the event has produced several world top 10 players.

Qualifying is Friday 15th and Saturday 16th January. The main draw will then run from Sunday 17th to Friday 22nd. Entry is free and play will start at 10.00am on a daily basis.

To find out more about the tournament click here.

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