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Job Opportunity – Hair Stylist

We’re looking for a talented, experienced Hairdresser/Stylist to join the salon.

Based within Bolton Arena, the salon has been trading for over 7 years. Now under new management, we are looking for professional, motivated, reliable, stylists with a genuine passion for hairdressing.

We are friendly, enthusiastic and believe in rewarding others for their hard work.

Qualifications & Experience:

General Responsibilities & Person Specification:


Free gym membership, discounts on Arena facilities and free parking.

To apply, please send your CV to

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:
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
Stay safe & take care.

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

Images: Michelle Mortimer

Networking Arena Event – Wednesday 18th March

The first Networking Arena event of 2020 will take place on Wednesday 18th March, in the Conference Suite at Stateside Foods Bolton Arena.

Networking Arena is now in its sixth year and continues to be as popular as ever. The event brings on average over 80 local businessmen and women together providing an informal and engaging networking event.

The March event will be sponsored by Minerva Meetups, a local business support group for women starting and growing their businesses. This unique approach came about after 3 and half years of research and development by Miranda Christopher, their founder.  

Not sure what the event can do for you? Here are just a few benefits of our Networking Arena Event:

To register for free attendance at the Networking Arena, or for further information, email or call 01204 488132.

Alternatively, head over to our website by clicking here.

J Dickinson & Sons – Zero To Two Hundred In A Year

J Dickinson & Sons  commercial bin collections reaches 200 customers in just over a year!

After being in the waste industry for over 80 years servicing both domestic and commercial customers J Dickinson & Sons decided to expand the waste collections from skips to also include commercial and domestic bin collections.

Just over 12 months into the new venture they are celebrating hitting 200 customers, servicing more than 1500 bins each month in the local area.

Now with two bin wagons, Little Bertie & Big Bertie this side of the business is growing from strength to strength.  All of Team Bertie are from the local area, with Malcolm the driver celebrating 19 years with the company this year!

Carl Richardson, Sales Manager at J Dickinson & Sons Said ‘This is a great achievement we are very proud of our Family heritage here at J Dickinson & Sons and we hope this shines through with our sales approach.  We have a dedicated team here who look after the Commercial & Domestic Bin sales and servicing the collections and look forward to growing this side of the business further’.

Some of the Unique selling points that we offer our customers are, we don’t tie you in to any contracts, no hidden charges or fees, key account management – one point of contact  and peace of mind knowing that your waste will be 100% recycled at our 17 acre state of the art purpose built recycling village giving you zero landfill status.

J Dickinson & Sons service the following areas:

Horwich, Blackrod, Westhoughton, Bolton, Adlington, Chorley, & Wigan

For a no obligation quote on your Commercial Waste collections, please contact Sales Executive, Nicola Entwistle on 07432045024 or email

J Dickinson & Sons – ‘Recycling your Future’

New Nursery Manager Finds An ‘Outstanding’ Nursery – Bolton School

A year into her role as Manager of Bolton School Nursery, Jasmin Sanders discusses how she has settled in, all that is special about the Nursery she has joined, what sets it apart from its competitors and her plans for the future. 

“I have been made to feel extremely welcome. The team is very experienced, professional and friendly and it is evident how much they care about each child and their family. All of our children achieve highly and there is a clear focus on helping children to be ready for the next stage in their education and, indeed, life.” 

Who comes to Bolton School’s Nursery? 

“At Bolton School Nursery we welcome children aged 0 to 4 years from families from all cultures and from a wide catchment area, including Bolton, Bury, North Manchester, Wigan, Preston, Chorley and Warrington.  We have regular celebratory days full of colour and fun, such as Chinese New Year, Eid, Hanukkah, Christmas and Diwali, along with awareness days like World Hello Day and World Wildlife Day. Our doors are open to everyone; we offer the universal 15 hours funding entitlement to all children over 3 years old and a variety of sessions to suit everyone’s lifestyle and choice. Our diverse nursery community is one of our strengths and we are very proud of it.” 

Do you plan to make any adaptations or changes?

“We have lots of plans for the future, including a whole garden makeover, accessing Forest School sessions at a new site and creating more links within the community, as well as hopefully linking with other schools and nurseries in the area, in order that we can share what we do well. We have also put in place an online learning journey system – in addition to regular parents’ evenings – for parents and key persons to access, giving families more input and involvement in their child’s educational achievements every day.”

What sets your Nursery apart from its competitors? 

“One of our differentiating factors is our ability to offer a wide range of bespoke activities for every child. Parents can choose from additional educational experiences, including Spanish lessons, dance classes, swimming, yoga, trips out, Forest School experiences, Baby Moves and much more. We also have highly experienced practitioners who are qualified in delivering Makaton and Sing and Sign sessions. 

Many of our families find the flexibility that we offer ties in well with their busy professional life, as we are open all day and all year round. Additionally, for those families who have older children at Bolton School, being able to drop off and collect their youngest child at the same time is very convenient. They can also be assured that their child, at this early and crucial stage in their development, is part of a well-run and highly esteemed Foundation, with excellent facilities on the Nursery’s doorstep.” 

Do all children progress to the Infant School at Bolton School?

“Our Pre-school children and teachers link with the Beech House Reception Class at Bolton School. This helps children become more familiar with a school environment. All of our families are welcome to apply for the Bolton School assessment process for a place at our Infant School, where 90% of children achieve a Good Level of Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (compared to 67% for Bolton as a whole). Whilst many children progress to Beech House, we also have children who move on to other primary schools.

Our separately run term-time Nursery Class for 3 and 4 year olds also helps prepare children for the move to Infant School.”

When was the Nursery last inspected?

“Our Early Years Foundation Stage (covering our Nursery, Nursery Class, Reception Class at Beech House and Kidzone, our wraparound childcare club) was described as ‘Outstanding’ across all categories when it was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in 2019. It is highly unusual and very impressive for a nursery to achieve this rating and we have managed this in the last four inspections! The report said staff ‘have an excellent understanding of how babies and young children develop’ and ‘new children settle smoothly into the setting’. We link with the Local Authority and have recently been chosen to take part in this year’s phonics launch along with other schools and nurseries in the area.”

How well is your Nursery resourced?

“I believe we have everything in place here to ensure each child can enjoy the very best start in life. Our staff were praised in the latest inspection with comments including ‘staff make very good use of the excellent range of high-quality resources to engage children fully and enhance their learning exceptionally well’ and ‘staff know the children extremely well; they devise enjoyable, interesting and age-appropriate activities that enthuse and challenge all children who increasingly develop confidence and skills across all areas of their learning and development.’

Ours is a modern, purpose-built nursery where resources and equipment are constantly updated. The interior is bright and spacious, containing age relevant equipment, designed to encourage all areas of development. The enclosed gardens and play areas provide further opportunities for the children to run, climb, dig, ride wheeled toys or explore.

We are open from 7am until 6pm, Monday to Friday, and are only closed on Bank Holidays and during the Christmas and New Year period. We offer part- and full-time places for children and additional sessions as and when requested. Parents should call us on 01204 434732 to find out more and to arrange a visit.”​

SPL Communications Become Commercial Partners

We’re excited announce a new commercial partnership with SPL communcations. 

SPL Communications produces all types of BtoB and BtoC communications and works with a range of clients from multi-nationals to locally based businesses. The company has been established in Greater Manchester for over 25 years and is headed up by Producer/Director Ian Sandall.

Commenting on the partnership, Ian Sandall, Managing Director of SPL Communications said: ‘We’re delighted to have been appointed to handle all the stills and video requirements for Bolton Arena. We’ve already started production on several videos to publicise the great work being done to foster the incredible tennis facilities and coaching here. As the year progresses, we look forward to covering more of the Arena’s comprehensive array of sports facilities too!’

Stateside Foods Bolton Arena, Sales and Marketing Executive, Jack Haydock-Sale commented ”We’re delighted to have secured SPL Communications as a partner for the next 12 months. We’re really looking forward to working together and completing high-quality video production of all the facilities at the Arena”

For more information see or call Ian on 0161 805 6080.

Interested in becoming a commercial partner? Call 01204 488112, email or head over to

Chiquito To Sponsor Tuesday Night Football League

We’re excited to announce that Chiquito will be sponsoring our Tuesday night football league from January 2020.

Chiquito is UK’s biggest and most loved Tex-Mex restaurant, their range of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes have been making mouths water for over 25 years – from mild to wild, they’ve got every flavour! If you’re in the mood for sizzling fajitas, bursting burritos, or tender fall-off-the-bone ribs, you’ve found the right place. For those who fancy a lighter bite they have a brunch menu and a selection of desserts for your sweet tooth. They also offer a gluten free menu too so anyone can enjoy dining out with friends.

Teams participating in the ‘Arena Leagues’ Tuesday night 5-A-Side Men’s league, will now be competing for some brilliant prizes. Chiquito have confirmed they will be offering the Player of the month and Goalkeeper of the month a free voucher worth up to £17 to enjoy a night out.

The winning team will also receive the free voucher to enjoy a winning team night out.

Marcus Bailey-Brown the football manager commented “We are delighted to have another local restaurant supporting our Arena Leagues and delighted to have Chiquito sponsoring our Tuesday night 5-A-Side league”.

Chiquito is open 7 days a week from 9:00 – 23:00.

For further details on Arena Leagues, contact the Football Department on 01204 488106 or email

World’s Top Tennis Juniors Return To Bolton Arena

                                                 World’s top tennis juniors return to Bolton Arena in January

Some of the world’s best junior tennis players will converge on the Bolton Arena in 2020 for the LTA Junior International from 17 to 24 January.

The event, which is open to Juniors aged 14 and under is steeped in history and regularly attracts stars of the future.

Since it began as Teen Tennis in 1995, the event has attracted a strong field of rising stars from across the globe. A number of previous players have gone on to reach the world’s top 10 including Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Justine Henin, Jelena Ostapenko, Kim Clijsters, Sloane Stephens, Sir Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis, Lucas Pouille and Tomas Berdych.

Bianca Andreescu, the current US Open champion, competed in the 2014 event, reaching the quarter finals of the singles and winning the doubles title.

This year’s breakout star Cori Gauff beat compatriot Alexandra Yepifanova to capture the 2017 title aged just 12 and current world number 21, Amanda Anisimova, was runner up in 2015.

British number two Kyle Edmund reached the last 16 of the boy’s competition back in 2009, while Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime was a semi-finalist in both the  singles and doubles in 2014and current world number 18, Alex Di Minaur, reached the quarter finals in 2013.

Tennis legend Bjorn Borg was also a visitor to the Arena in 2017 to watch his son Leo progress to the consolation singles final.

Richard Joyner, LTA Tournament Director, commented: “This event provides a great opportunity to see the future stars of world tennis. The number of players who have played this tournament and gone on to reach the higher echelons of the professional game is seriously impressive. It’s also a great opportunity for players from the north-west, including some who train at the Bolton Arena, to compete against some of the world’s best players in their age group.”

Paul Bartle, Managing Director of Bolton Arena, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this prestigious event at Bolton Arena again in 2020. The recent rapid progress of player’s such as Cori Gauff and Bianca Andreescu onto the major world stage reflects the high calibre of junior player’s from around the world who have played here with us at Bolton Arena in recent years. Once again we look forward to welcoming future stars of the professional game to Bolton and the north-west, with everyone welcome to come to watch to catch a glimpse of these stars of the future.”

Qualifying is Friday 17 and Saturday 18 January, with main draw Sunday 19 to Friday 24 January.

Entry for spectators is free of charge throughout the week.

As well as coming along to watch, the scores can be followed through live scoring on

For more information please contact: Richard Joyner, LTA Tournament Director, on 07971 141329 or

Craftprint Continue Commercial Partnership

Bolton Arena are excited to announce their continued partnership with local printing company Craftprint.

Craftprint have been partners with Bolton Arena for the past 6 years and will continue the partnership until 2021. You will see their work throughout the Arena from tennis leaflets to event brochures.

With over 30 years of printing industry experience and inside knowledge, Craftprint give you access to digital print and promotional solutions tailored to your needs.

From personalised digital print and promotional business gifts to marketing and creative support services like design and artwork, we can guide you through the best options for your organisation and take care of all the production.

Stateside Foods Bolton Arena, Sales and Marketing Executive, Jack Haydock-Sale commented “Craftprint have been a great supporter and partner of Bolton Arena over the past 6 years and I’m looking forward to working with them to keep delivering our high quality promotional literature”

Could they help your business? Feel free to contact them directly on 01204 694 993, email or head over to

Interested in becoming a commercial partner? Contact our commercial team on 01204 488 112 or email

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