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Olympic Weightlifting Programme Introduced

Here at USN Bolton Arena, we’re always looking to enhance and develop workouts for our members. We understand that all members train differently, and that this is something we need to cater for.

Starting from the 4th July, we’ll be running specialist weightlifting programmes in an area designed specifically for this type of training. All sessions will be delivered by current member, Chris Halsall. Chris competed in a number of national and international competitions for England and Great Britain. He has developed his coaching career over a number of years, and will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge which is crucial in such a discipline.

What will the weightlifting course cover?

Key course details

For more information on the course, email memberships@boltonarena.com. To book please contact reception on 01204 488100.

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Job Opportunity: Customer Service Manager

Customer Service Manager- full time, permanent

Starting salary : £19,185 per annum (£9.95 per hour)

The USN Bolton Arena is a registered charity with a strong belief that sport and leisure activity contributes to personal happiness and well-being. It is our mission to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to follow a lifelong passion for sport and healthy lifestyles through the provision of excellent sport & exercise facilities and sports programmes which are accessible to all.

As part of the Operations Team you will work closely with the Senior Customer Services Manager and Head of Operations. You will be a key player in the continuous improvement of the management and day-to-day operation of the arena and primary focus areas will include people management, building safety and security and maintenance and development of high standards of quality and customer service.

To be considered for this post you will be an excellent communicator, team player and ideally have previous supervisory experience within a customer service role. This post requires an individual who has good planning and organisation skills who is able to communicate easily with people of all ages, abilities and at all levels inside and outside the organisation. Previous experience in a similar role would be a distinct advantage.

For further information and to apply for this post, please request an application pack from:

Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Manager – kathrynplatt@boltonarena.com

Please note that CV’s are accepted in support of applications but the company’s application form must be completed in full and returned by the closing date.

Closing date for applications:  18th May 2018, 12 noon

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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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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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Arena Player Profile – Tim Rotheram

Arena Football Player Profiles

Player name:  Tim Rotheram

Team/s: El Diablo, 5 Lions, Hunter Wild Boys & The Trotters

Position: Striker

How long have you played football at USN Bolton Arena?

For well over 10 years now.

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

Football, Cricket & American Football

Which football team do you support?

Bolton Wanderers

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

Has to be Kevin Davies scoring the equaliser, for Bolton, against Bayern Munich in the Europa League.

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

Kevin Davies, Freddie Flintoff & Andrew Beavan

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

Frank Worthington’s wonder goal vs Ipswich in 1979.

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

Strongest: Intelligent football brain with an eye for a killer pass.

Weakest: Sadly my left leg is just for standing on but it helps with balance

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Arena Player Profile – Andy Aspinall

Arena Football Player Profiles

Player name: Andrew Aspinall

Team/s: Inter Bread

Position: Defender/Mid

How long have you played football at USN Bolton Arena?

2 years

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

Football, Rugby League & Darts

Which football team do you support?

Bolton Wanderers

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

Walking out with Bolton Wanderers in the 1999 play-off final as a mascot.

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

Kevin Davies, Andy Farrell & Phil Taylor

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

Geoff Hurst’s winning goal for England in the 1966 World Cup Final

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

Strongest: Tackling and passing

Weakest: My mouth (winding people up)

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Arena Football Player Profiles

Player name: Will Caldwell

Team/s: “Celtics 2005-2007” “Boys2Men 2007-2010” “PMV 2010-Present” “Horwich RMI 11s 2015-Present”

Position (GK, DEF, ATT):  Attacking but started as a Keeper back in the day!

How long have you played football at USN Bolton Arena?

Coming up 12 years in the summer. I’ve played Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 5’s during my time!

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

Football, Pool & Tennis

Which football team do you support?

Bolton Wanderers

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

As a Bolton fan, being at Birmingham away to see us win 3-2 injury time to make the FA Cup Semi finals.

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

Roger Federer, Ronnie O’Sullivan & David Beckham

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

Aguero vs QPR to win the league! There can’t be any better feeling than that as a player..

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

Strongest: Pace, Strength, Right Foot
Weakest:  Temperament, Left Foot..

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Team Of The Month: Vamos Campeones

Each month we pick a football “Team of the month” and give them some goodies, which are kindly supplied by our sponsors USN.

The team can be picked for a number of reasons, whether it’s because of their commitment to the Arena leagues, they had an epic fail in their last match or they pulled of an insane bit of Tekkers!

February’s team of the month is Rob Whites’ Vamos Campeones of the Tuesday 5s Premier League. This being their 10th anniversary since registering to play at the Arena seems very fitting to reward a team based upon outstanding contribution both on and off the pitches.

Players such as Seb Miller, Nick Hunger, Stu Latchford, John Nuttall whilst still in their early twenties are regarded as veterans within our leagues. One particular quality of Vamos’ is whether rain or shine, BWFC, Utd games or any other big live game they’ll always fulfill their fixture, always display exemplary sportsmanship albeit a win, loss or draw. The perfect role model of a committed and loyal five-a-side team.

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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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