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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: 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… 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:
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.

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 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.

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.

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.


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’

Job Opportunity: Tennis Academy Coach

Job title: Tennis Coach

Contract: Part time

Level 3
 £16-£20 Hourly

Job Description

We require an academy coach to join our development and outreach coaching team. The successful applicant will be responsible for the delivery of weekly coaching sessions in the evenings and weekends to players on our junior and adult development courses. The coach will be responsible for ensuring an excellent standard of delivery to ensure a high level of retention of players attending the programme.

Overview of the Venue

Bolton Arena is a Regional and Local Player Development Centre located in the North West with approximately 350 players attending our weekly junior and adult development courses. We also have a large performance programme which caters for performance players across the region. We are a 7-court indoor facility with an additional 2 outdoor courts and 4 badminton courts.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate must be a reliable, passionate individual with great communication skills. Previous experience of working with large groups within mini tennis and a background of coaching adults is also desirable.

How to Apply

To apply please email your CV to:

Wayne Jones, Tennis Coordinator


For further enquiries please call Wayne Jones on 01204 488125.

Closing date: 13th March 2020

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.”​

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