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Bolton Arena Gym Refurbishment Commences

This week Bolton Arena gym commenced a project to make several upgrades and amendments within the gym free-weights area.

Although, the current climate is extremely challenging for all businesses and individuals, we took this opportunity to improve the gym to benefit members without any disruption. Therefore, following the guidance provided by the government this week, work began to expand and develop the free-weights area.

The project began with the removal of all equipment within the area ready for the installation of state of the gym flooring from Orgin Fitness. The 40mm thick flooring is suitable for free-wights, Olympic lifting and strength and conditioning workouts, which reduces the impact of noise and vibration. The flooring is also easy to clean and maintain.

The area is being repainted which will work in synergy with the Bolton Arena gym brand. Once completed we’ll then be adding additional pieces of equipment into the area including adjustable benches and dumbbell racks.

The work undertaken, will improve and enhance the gym, allowing us to accommodate more customers wanting to train free-weights, give members with more space and flexibility to complete their functional workouts and provides with us to opportunity to provide a better overall customer experience.

These improvements will enable us to use the gym space more effectively which in turn will ensure that is easier for us to implement the required social distancing processes and measures once we’re in a position to re-open.

Please visit Bolton Arena Gym social media channels for regular visual updates as this project develops. Everyone at Bolton Arena is looking forward to returning to work and welcoming members and customers form the local community back into the improved venue.

As a charitable trust, surplus profits are re-invested back into the facilities. It is therefore, down to the loyalty and support from arena customers that we’re in a position to complete this work. Bolton Arena is committed to providing the best facilities possible for all customers and in building an active healthy community.

Please continue to follow government advice, stay safe, take care and hopefully we’ll see you all soon.

Customer Update: 13th May 2020

Following announcements and guidance provided by the government this week, please see an update below:

We would like to express our thanks to all our customers for their loyalty and support during this time. We have received many messages from customers looking forward to coming back once Bolton Arena re-opens, we appreciate your support.

We hope to see you all soon. It’s been refreshing to see so many members posting examples of how they’re staying healthy and active on social media channels. We hope you’ve taken advantage of the home workouts and challenges we’ve provided in the last two months from our various departments.

Following the Government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy released yesterday. It confirms opening dates for: “leisure facilities” in Step 3. “…may only be fully possible significantly later…..no earlier than 4 July”.

Therefore Bolton Arena will remain closed for the foreseeable future, whilst we are working behind the scenes to prepare for re-opening, ensuring we are able to accommodate our customers in a safe environment.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Stay safe & take care.

Customer Update: Les Mills On Demand

It’s great to see and hear that many of customers and members have been using workouts from our instructors and Les Mills to stay active and healthy during lockdown.
 
As many of you will have seen, Les Mills are taking the temporary site down on Thursday 30th April. However, we have partnered with Les Mills to give you access to further free online workouts, through the use of their On Demand site. We want to give customers all the necessary tools to continue with Les Mills workouts.
 
Les Mills On Demand offers over 800 workouts across 13 categories. You can work out with classic programs such as BODYPUMP™ and BODYCOMBAT™, do mindfulness exercises and even get the kids active with BORN TO MOVE™. The workouts range from 15 to 55 minutes and there are options for all fitness levels.
 
Stateside Foods Bolton Arena customers can now enjoy free access to Les Mills On Demand through the use of a 60 day free trial. 
 
To access this just use the link below:
http://link.lesmillsondemand.com/aff_c?offer_id=293&aff_id=3264&source=Website
If you would like to continue past the 60 day free trial, you’ll get On Demand at the discounted price of £7.95 + VAT.
 
During the sign-up process it will ask you to register an account and ask you to register card details, this is exactly the same as if you signed up for Netflix or Amazon Prime etc. So, don’t be alarmed.
For any questions or queries, please email business@boltonarena.com
Stay safe & take care.

Customer Update – 1st April 2020

As you’ll all know due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Stateside Foods Bolton Arena was closed to the public from 10.30pm on Friday 20th March.

Due to the unknown length of the crisis, we are unable to give any indication of the closure period though we will provide updates as and when we have them. During this time we will continue to follow the advice provided by Government, Public Health England and the NHS.

However, we wanted to inform all our customers and members that you can still contact us throughout this period. We’re asking customers to contact us either by direct messaging us via our social media channels or emailing business@boltonarena.com. We’d really like to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.

As you’ll have seen already we’ve been offering all customers support via our social media channels. This will include home workouts, gymnastics development, football challenges, tennis programme work and advice on staying active and healthy over the coming weeks. So, make sure you’re following @boltonarena on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and take a look at our other channels including Bolton Arena Gym/Football/Gymnastics/Tennis.

Once it is safe to re-open our doors (subject to guidance) we look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy our services and activities. We know how valued Bolton Arena’s facilities are to our local community and will be more important than ever once the current pandemic is over. We wish to thank all of our customers for their continued support. Please bear with us during this challenging period and remember that Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust (Bolton Arena) is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ‘Building an active healthy community’.

In the meantime, the health & safety of our customers is our top priority, so please continue to follow government advice, stay safe and take care.

Gym & Tennis Membership Information

In line with national guidance advising the UK public to avoid unnecessary social contact, we have taken the decision to close Bolton Arena to the public from 10.30pm on Friday March 20th.

We understand that this decision will come as a disappointment to many but ultimately, the health and wellbeing of our customers, staff and the community we serve is our highest priority.

Given the day-by-day evolution of the pandemic and its impact on society as a whole, we are unable to give any indication of the closure period though we will provide updates as and when we have them. During this time we will continue to follow the advice provided by Government, Public Health England and the NHS.

All gym and tennis memberships will be frozen from 1st April until we re-open to the public. All direct debit collections will be stopped and all ‘Paid In Full memberships’ will have time added on at the end of their membership.

Support during the closure

We’ll be offering support to members through home workouts. Below are two links from Les Mills, which have a number of home workout content available. Plus our instructors will providing daily workout videos via or social media channels.

Les Mills home workouts

Les Mills additional content

Once it is safe to re-open our doors (subject to guidance) we look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy our services and activities. We know how valued Bolton Arena’s facilities are to our local community and will be more important than ever once the current pandemic is over. We wish to thank all of our customers for their continued support. Please bear with us during this challenging period and remember that Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust (Bolton Arena) is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ‘Building an active healthy community’.

These are uncertain times for all of us but with mutual support we will pull through so please, take and give care.

For further information please can we advise all customers to visit our website www.boltonarena.com or call and to follow us on Twitter @boltonarena and Facebook @boltonarena for further updates.

Stateside Foods Bolton Arena venue closure – Coronavirus

In line with national guidance advising the UK public to avoid unnecessary social contact, we have taken the decision to close Bolton Arena to the public from 10.30pm on Friday March 20th.

We understand that this decision will come as a disappointment to many but ultimately, the health and wellbeing of our customers, staff and the community we serve is our highest priority.

Given the day-by-day evolution of the pandemic and its impact on society as a whole, we are unable to give any indication of the closure period though we will provide updates as and when we have them. During this time we will continue to follow the advice provided by Government, Public Health England and the NHS.

We will of course be contacting customers with regard to block bookings and memberships etc but please be patient as we seek to assist everyone to the fullest possible extent, potentially with a depleted workforce.

Once it is safe to re-open our doors (subject to guidance) we look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy our services and activities. We know how valued Bolton Arena’s facilities are to our local community and will be more important than ever once the current pandemic is over. We wish to thank all of our customers for their continued support. Please bear with us during this challenging period and remember that Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust (Bolton Arena) is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ‘Building an active healthy community’.

These are uncertain times for all of us but with mutual support we will pull through so please, take and give care.

The gym memberships team will be available to take membership queries tomorrow between 9:00 -15:00 and throughout next week by calling 01204 488104 or email memberships@boltonarena.com

For further information please can we advise all customers to visit our website www.boltonarena.com or call and to follow us on Twitter @boltonarena and Facebook @boltonarena for further updates.

Gymnastics – Cancellation Of Classes

We have been monitoring the Coronavirus situation on a daily basis through government information and advice from Public Health England. The latest government update issued yesterday, is that the schools will be closing on Friday.

Over the week, we have put a number in measure in place to help stop the spread of the virus.

We have remained positive and tried to keep your children’s daily routines as normal as possible throughout this time.

However, in light of government, Public Health England and British Gymnastics advice, we have made the very difficult decision to cease all gymnastics classes indefinitely, from Friday 20th March at 20.30.

All remaining sessions will be credited to your child’s account and there will be no request for payments for the new block, until we have a date for re-opening.

We apologise for the inconvenience this will undoubtedly cause. However, the health & safety of our customers is our top priority.

Further updates will be provided by due course via email and through our social media channels.

We fully appreciate the support given throughout the week.

Please stay safe and look after yourselves.

Updated Member Information – Including Temporary Fitness Timetable

Further to our update on Monday regarding COVID-19, we have now taken further measures in the gym to reduce the spread of the virus to our customers and staff.

We’re monitoring the situation on a daily basis through government information and advice from Public Health England.

Please see updated measures below:

Our update from Monday can be found here – https://www.boltonarena.com/blog/coronavirus-covid-19-updated-member-information/

This includes several measures that are already in place, along with how members can help.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused. However, the health & safety of our customers is our top priority.

If you’re looking to workout at home, please follow the link provided for a number of fantastic Les Mills home workouts – https://watch.lesmillsondemand.com/at-home-workouts

If you need personal health advice specifically in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19), you should call the NHS 111 service or your GP. Please do not attend your GP or emergency department without phoning in advance.

For further information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) click here.

Further updates will be provided in due course.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Updated Member Information

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we’re taking a number of extra measures to ensure the health & safety of our members – which is one of our top priorities.

We’re monitoring the situation on a daily basis through government information and advice from Public Health England.

In line with current government information, we have taken further measures, including:

How can members help? 

In addition to the measures taken by ourselves, we would also ask members to maintain good personal hygiene to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

If you need personal health advice specifically in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19), you should call the NHS 111 service or your GP. Please do not attend your GP or emergency department without phoning in advance.

For further on Coronavirus (COVID-19) click here.

Updates will be provided in due course.

 

Bolton’s Newest Community Run Group Off To A Running Start

The Bolton Arena Community Run Group, which launched in January to get more people out running together, is off to a great start.

The group, led by Horwich RMI Harriers Coach in Running Fitness, Michelle Mortimer, meets every Wednesday at 6pm and Friday at midday, at Bolton Arena. It is free to attend, and is for all abilities.

Community Run Group was set up as a project between Bolton Arena, and long established athletics club Horwich RMI Harriers, to encourage newer runners to be part of a group and to have fun exercising together. Since it launched in January, the group already has around 20 regular members, who are enjoying the social aspect of running with others, and the variety of sessions, which include steady runs around Horwich and Lostock, hill sessions and interval training.

Community Run Group leader, Michelle, said: “We wanted to attract those people who don’t necessarily have the desire or the confidence to join a running club, and give them the opportunity to run with others. Many of the people who have been attending the group so far have been returning from injury, or are relatively new to running, and they’re all realising that running as part of a group enables them to enjoy running more, and achieve more than they thought they were capable of.

“It’s fantastic that we already have so many regular faces attending, who really make an effort to make newer members feel welcome. We have been doing a mixture of social runs – around 3-4 miles – and on some sessions we do a shorter run around Middlebrook and incorporate some hill reps or some faster running to help people improve their fitness, as well as have fun. We keep the sessions as varied as possible, and never do the same thing two weeks running.”

Carol, who has been attending since the very first session, said: “Having lost my fitness and confidence following injury, I’m really enjoying running again. Everyone is so friendly and supportive.”

Fiona used to find running boring, until she started attending the group sessions. She said: I’ve tried running before and never enjoyed it. My thoughts towards it now have definitely changed.”

Fran has been attending the Friday daytime sessions on a regular basis. She said: “Working shifts, it’s hard to find groups to go running with regularly, especially during the daytimeHaving the Friday lunchtime group has definitely given me more of an incentive to come out for a daytime run – rain or shine! The sessions are always varied and by the end of it, and with Michelle’s encouragement, you realise that you’ve gone further and/or faster than you thought you could.”

Alicia agrees: “I can already see the improvements in my running.”

Myles is new to running, and when he found out about the group through an Instagram contact, he got in touch with Michelle before attending. He said: “I was very unsure about going to the first meet up. Why was I worried? From the moment I arrived to the moment I left, I was made to feel like one of a small family. Michelle and the others always look after each other, adding to the fun and friendship found in this group.

“I cannot believe that over a short period of time, Michelle has managed to help me complete my fasted 5k. With her support, enthusiasm and her knowledge of how to train efficiently, I am improving day by day. Michelle and the rest of the group are not only running buddies, but now friends.”

Nicola also felt a little nervous about attending her first session: ““I felt really apprehensive when I first came,” she said, “but everyone is so friendly. I really look forward to Wednesday evenings. All different abilities, no pressure and really enjoyable, varied sessions.”

Dan, also a Coach at Horwich RMI Harriers, attends the group as part of his own training, and said: “I love how this group has developed over a short period of time. There is a really good feel that genuinely all abilities are catered for. A mixture of sessions makes it interesting, and why folks come back.”

If you’re interested in attending a session, the group meets every Wednesday at 18:00 and Friday at midday in the foyer at Bolton Arena. It’s completely free, simply book on here.

For more information on Community Run Group, contact Bolton Arena memberships department on 01204 488104 or email memberships@boltonarena.com

Images: Michelle Mortimer

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