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First Big Networking Expo Takes Place!

The first ever Big Networking Expo took place at Stateside Foods Bolton Arena on Friday 6th September 2019!

Following the success of Networking Arena events which are hosted quarterly throughout the year, the expo combined networking and exhibition opportunities all in one place. The Big Networking Expo saw over 350 people walk through the doors to meet the 56 exhibitors on the day, with the focus on making new contacts and business relationships.

The event featured three keynote speakers throughout the day, including Tracy Heatley from Better Networking, focused on getting results from our networking. Paul Heath from Ethical Business Mentoring, covered the value of teamwork and Karen Pilkington from The HR Dept, presented on stress awareness for employers. In addition, we had 3 detailed workshops on digital marketing delivered by Paul Cooper from LocaliQ.

We also ran two fun competitions on the day, Kevin Mullin from Greater Manchester Combined Authority won the competition sponsored by Go Ape, Kevin has won a corporate away day for the team at Go Ape Rivington. Stephen Solademi from SOS Creativity was the winner of the Bolton Arena Bounce Ball Challenge, collecting a bottle of wine. A huge thanks to all participants that took part throughout the day.

The Big Networking Expo headline sponsors The ExcluSec Group commented “We thoroughly enjoyed being the headline sponsor at the first Big Networking Expo. We have worked with Bolton Arena on a number of occasions now and look forward to working together in the future”

Paul Heath, Managing Director, Ethical Business Mentoring, “Thanks to Louise and her team for the fantastic job and unstinting efforts that they put into making the Big Networking Expo at the Stateside Foods Arena such an enjoyable experience.  I exhibited on the day and also delivered one of the keynote seminars – the preparation before the event was second to none and I was very well looked after on the day.  Clearly the marketing had worked because there was a steady flow of attendees throughout the full day an I felt the concept of keynote sessions was well thought through and implemented.  This all led to a really vibrant and worthwhile day.  Thanks once again.”

We can confirm that Big Networking Expo will be going ahead next year and the date for your diary is Friday 25th September 2020.

Amended Class Timetable

Customer Update –  Due to a number of instructor changes/holidays. Please see a number of amendments to our class timetable over the next 3 weeks.

Wednesday 11th September 

18:15 – 19:00 Body Attack = Lelia

Saturday September 14th

9.30am Clubbercise will be Zumba with Liza G

10.20am Trim & Tone = Helen

11.05am  Body Attack = Helen

Monday 16th September 

19:15 Trim & Tone = Lynette

20:00 Revolution = Helen

Thursday September 19th  new class programme will start

17.15 – 18:00 Trim & Tone = Lisa A

18:00 – 18.45 Body Combat Blitz = Lisa A

18.45 -19.30 Zumba = Liza G

19.30 – 20.15 Trim & Tone = Nikita

20.15 – 21:00 = Clubbercise = Nikita.

Saturday September 21st

9.30am – 10:15 – Zumba – Debbie – Permanent change

10.20am Trim & Tone = Lynette

11.05 – 11:50 = Lynette

Wednesday October 2nd

18.15pm – 19:00 Body Attack – Chris

Saturday October 5th NEW CLASS PROGRAMME will start

9.30am – 10:45  Zumba – Debbie

10.20am – 11:05  Body Pump Blitz Carolyn

11.05am – 11:50  Body Combat Blitz Carolyn.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Be Inspired – Ann Slavin

After a successful start to our Be Inspired campaign, it’s now time for the second instalment as we find out more about Ann Slavin.

We caught up with Ann, to discuss a range of different topics from her favourite exercises and equipment to what advice she would give to beginners.

Ann has been a member at Bolton Arena Gym for over 13 years after moving into the area and opting for the Arena out of a number of gyms due to the facilities being the best for her. As well as the gym being comfortable and clean with a friendly atmosphere, another plus point for Ann is having the 1 to 1 sessions with our gym instructors, in particular Matt. Ann’s weight has often changed over the years and Matt has helped Ann lose weight in a safe and healthy manner. A lot of poor techniques have been amended in these sessions as well as now having a consistent diet and exercise plan. Ann provided us with some before and after pictures of her weight loss after 12 weeks of being on a specific programme with Matt.

When asked what advice she would give to new gym embers, Ann recommended the one-to-one sessions with our fitness instructors in order to gain experience of how to use our equipment. She also added that working with an instructor improves your motivation and increases confidence.

Ann’s goals when coming into the gym were to lose weight and get strong, through her hard work and determination to push herself Ann now feels as though she has accomplished this. One exercise that has helped this is barbell squats, Ann’s favourite exercise as it makes her feel strong.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Ann.

We’ll have another Be Inspired story for you next month.

New Tennis Head Coach Appointed

Stateside Foods Bolton Arena are excited to announce Steven Fathers as the new Tennis Head Coach.

With 25 years coaching experience Steven has worked at the Arena as a performance coach for over 15 years producing many regional and national players. With his wealth of coaching experience Bolton Arena can look forward to the future of tennis.

In the summer of 2018 Bolton Arena was chosen as a regional player development centre by the LTA. The regional player development centres provide high level support to junior players with high potential aged between 10 – 14yrs.  The regional centres also provide an exceptional standard of coaching and structured sessions geared towards the athletic development necessary to progress to a national academy.

Stuart Kay – Head of Sport commented on the appointment  ‘Bolton Arena are part of the Lawn Tennis Association Regional Player Development Centre performance pathway, having a knowledgeable professional coaching team is imperative to our success. We have built up an excellent reputation in the northwest for providing a fantastic pathway for all players. Steven has been a key part of our success over many years, he now steps up as Head Coach, I’m very confident Steven and his team will continue to develop players to reach their full potential.

Steven Fathers added ‘I am delighted to be appointed as the Head Coach at Bolton Arena Tennis Academy. I am really excited and fully committed, to further grow the profile and exceptionally high standards at the Academy. I will be working hard to shape a very strong team of coaches, to help players push their aspirational boundaries and reach their full potential. I want to ensure that Bolton Arena is an engaging, supportive and enjoyable environment for players, parents and coaches, to achieve the very best outcomes both on and off the court. We will continue to work closely with parents and the LTA, to benefit from the very best research and learning that the LTA has to offer.

In addition to the appointment of the Head coach, Bolton Arena have recruited two other experienced tennis coaches to complete the tennis coaching team:

Simone Marcantonio, Simone started his career at one of the best clubs in the Italy, training some of the best Italian ITF Junior players and was a sparring partner for WTA & ITF players.
He moved to an academy in Spain 2 years ago (4 Slam Tennis)  and had the regular opportunity to coach ATP, ITF Junior and Tennis Europe players. Simone is looking forward to new challenges in Bolton.

John Lister, John has had 18 years of coaching experience at various centres around the North West and has helped produce players that have played at national and international level.

John is highly motivated and is looking forward to working in a team that has proceed with many regional and national players.

To support the tennis coaching team the existing Head of Strength and Conditioning coach Howard Green will also assume more responsibility and work alongside Steven to ensure the very best standards of fitness, planning and support for all our Academy players.

For more information about our tennis programme at Bolton Arena visit boltonarena.com/tennis or contact 01204 488125

Commercial

Commercial Partnership Announced With J Dickinson & Sons

We’re delighted to announce a new long term partnership with J Dickinson & Sons.

Stateside Foods Bolton Arena and J Dickinson And Sons have signed a 3-year partnership, with J Dickinson & Sons also becoming the Arena’s official waste disposal partner from July 2020.

J Dickinson & Sons are a local, family owned and run company with over 80 years’ experience in the recycling industry. At the heart of their business is the desire to provide a professional and accessible service whilst serving to dispose of waste in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner.

Now in its fourth generation of Dickinson’s, the company has grown from strength to strength over the years. Based at the custom-built premises in Rivington View Business Park, J Dickinson operate a state of the art recycling facility. Headed up by James and Susan Dickinson. James being the 4th generation of the family to help run the business.

Head Of Commercial, John Ashley, Stateside Foods Bolton Arena commented “We’re excited to be working in partnership with another reputable local business in J Dickinson And Sons. We’ve had a working relationship over a number of years and we’re now looking forward to J Dickinson & Sons becoming our official waste disposal partner and advertising their services to our customers and business networks’’

Sales Manager, Carl Richardson, J Dickinson and Sons stated “We are delighted to be working alongside and forming a commercial partnership with Stateside Foods Bolton Arena, looking after all their waste and recycling needs. We feel its extremely important to us as a local business to support other local companies, forming long lasting business relationships”

Head over to https://www.jdickinson.co.uk/ to find out more about J Dickinson And Sons Services.

Interested in becoming a commercial partner here at Stateside Foods Bolton Arena? For further information and to see our current commercial partners visit https://www.boltonarena.com/business-village/sponsorship/

Commercial Partnership Confirmed With Bolton Kia

Stateside Foods Bolton Arena are excited to announce a new partnership with Bolton Kia.

Bolton Kia will be promoting their brand via the cross-channel platform throughout the venue and online.

Bolton Kia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kia Motors UK, the only one in the UK in fact and are proud to be Europe’s No.1 Kia Dealer located right here in Horwich; just a stone’s throw away from Stateside Foods Bolton Arena.

Kevin Howard, Dealer Principal, Bolton Kia provided this statement: “We are delighted to announce our Commercial Partnership with Bolton Arena for 2019-20. Kia Motors UK are committed to supporting sports, not just on an international level as Official Partners of the UEFA Europa League, but also on a local level by supporting children’s football teams through the ‘Gift of Kit’ programme. The Bolton Kia ‘Gift of Kit’ programme is now in its second year, which sees us gift Puma football kits to chosen local football teams. The new partnership with the Arena further demonstrates our commitment to sport”

Head Of Commercial, John Ashley, Stateside Foods Bolton Arena commented “We’re delighted in be in partnership with an excellent local business in Bolton Kia. We’re looking forward to working with Bolton Kia over the next 12 months and we’re hugely excited to be able to advertise their range of cars to our customers and business partners here at Stateside Foods Bolton Arena”

All new Kia models come with an industry leading 7 Year / 100,000 mile Warranty, visit https://dealers.kia.co.uk/bolton/ to see all our latest offers or visit the showroom at Middlebrook Retail Park today.

Interested in becoming a commercial partner here at Stateside Foods Bolton Arena? Visit our website to find out more https://www.boltonarena.com/business-village/sponsorship/

Job Opportunity: Gymnastics Coach

Gymnastics Coach  (Level 1 or above)

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 a minimum of UKCC Level 1, (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 –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.

Monday – 16:00 – 20:00                Friday – 16:00 – 20.30

Tuesday – 16:00 – 20:00                Saturday – 9.00 – 12.30

Wednesday – 16:00 – 20:00           Sunday –  9.00 – 12.00

Thursday – 16:00 – 20:00

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 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 Featherstone

kathrynfeatherstone@boltonarena.com, or telephone 01204 488142

CV’s are accepted in support of applications, accompanied by a completed application form.

Pre-Event For Our Networking Expo Exhibitors

On Thursday 18th July, we welcomed our Big Networking Expo exhibitors to Stateside Foods Bolton Arena for a fun morning of networking. We provided our exhibitors with the opportunity to meet each other before the event day and give them a run through of what we have planned. It was great to see many of our exhibitors and build excitement for the event next month.

The Big Networking Expo will take place on Friday 6th September 2019. The Big Networking Expo offers exhibitors a unique opportunity to meet a diverse gathering of business owners, networking specialists, decision makers and entrepreneurs. As a business-to-business event, the Expo enables exhibitors to engage with customers who are attending with the specific intention of making new contacts.

The event is sponsored by one of our commercial partners and regular Networking Arena attendee, Exclusec Security, a privately owned, professional, reliable and accredited security, facilities and training provider. We also have a number of other partners for the event including, Bolton FM, The Samuel James Group, The Bolton News, Baldwins and Go Ape.

If you’d like further information on exhibiting, then get in touch with the Events Team today on 01204 488112 or email events@boltonarena.com.

To see our current exhibitors and speakers click here.

Alternatively, if exhibiting isn’t quite for you but you’d like to attend, then register for FREE today via this link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-networking-expo-2019-tickets-53300723900

Be Inspired – Andrea Lewis-Coker

Over the coming months we’ll be learning more about some of our gym members. We’ll be discussing training patterns, looking at current regimes, finding out about their why and highlighting any special achievements.

First up is long standing member, Andrea Lewis-Coker.

Andrea, has been a member at Bolton arena for nearly 9 years. She trains almost every day, using the gym, instructor led and virtual classes, whilst also having 1 to 1 sessions with our gym instructors.

Andrea’s main intention when first joining the gym was to keep fit and get some down time for herself after work. However, over the last 12 months she has seen a real change in weight loss and her overall fitness has improved.

We asked Andrea what advice would she given to any of our members ” I’d advise members to complete a programme with one of the instructors. This helps you learn about your strengths & weaknesses, develop your individual goals and keep you focused.  The 1:1 sessions with the instructors are also extremely beneficial, as they push you further than you would whilst training on your own. The flexibility and wide range of classes are also a fantastic plus point. With so many classes per week, it’s so easy to fit in a class, if you fancy something different to the gym.”

We recently introduced a number of challenges into the gym. Andrea excelled at one in particular, our rowing challenge last year. Not only did she win, Andrea discovered a new love. Winning our challenge, inspired her to compete further, joining an online team and coming second in her category over 2000m at the English Indoor Rowing Championships at the Manchester Velodrome in February. That’s not all Andrea has won, she has also won a number of USN products provided by us, for winning our Member Of The Month!

Thank you, Andrea for sharing your story and for being a fantastic gym member.

Music Festival Is A Roaring Success

HUNDREDS of people embraced the sunshine at the first ever Made in Manchester festival at Bolton Arena.

The event celebrated the 90s Manchester music scene with Stone Roses, Oasis, the Smiths, and Happy Mondays tribute acts, as well as up-and-coming talent.

People of all ages packed the grassed area to the back  of  Bolton Arena, with some VIPs also watching from the arena balcony. A number of festivalgoers set up camping chairs to watch the acts while others stood, enjoying a drink or food from one of the vendors on site.

Wigan rockers Stanleys opened the show before making way for the first tribute act of the night Happy Mondaze.

The band featured their very own Bez, who continued to make appearances on stage during other band’s sets.

Next up was one of two Bolton bands on the line-up – Our Fold. Local favourites The Jade Assembly were also performing later in the evening.

Host Dave Sweetmore, from radio station XS Manchester, described Our Fold and The Jade Assembly as “two of the best bands to ever come out of Bolton” and they certainly did not disappoint.

These Smiths took to the stage just as former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr took to the stage at Glastonbury and a fan in a Noel Gallagher mask (above) watched on as The Oasis Experience blasted through a crowd-pleasing set.

Resurrection Stone Roses then rounded off a great day with a euphoric set.

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