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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… 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 – 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.

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

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

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

Job Opportunity: Casual Fitness Instructor

Job title: Health & Fitness Instructor

Contract: Casual

Hours: Casual hours, applicants must be available to work evenings and weekends and have a flexible approach to working hours. Over time will be available on a regular basis.

Salary: £8.29 per hour

Bolton Arena are recruiting a casual fitness instructor to join our well-established reputable gym in Horwich, Bolton.

The successful applicant will become part of a hardworking, sociable gym team. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who will go above and beyond to deliver an excellent level of service to our members. As a fitness instructor you will:

– Assist the Gym Team in delivering the highest possible standards to members.

– Carry out new member inductions, programme reviews and one to one training sessions.

– Focus on assisting our members in achieving their goals and getting the most out of their membership.

– Work as part of a team to ensure the gym floor and studio cleanliness standards remain impeccable.

– Love sports, fitness and the leisure industry, and be able to build relationships with members quickly.

Applicants must hold a minimum Level 2 qualification in Health & Fitness Instructing and ideally have recent demonstrable experience of working in a Health & Fitness Suite. Desirable applicants will also have/be working towards a Level 3 Health & Fitness qualification. Other course requirements will be looked into on an individual basis and training provided to complete the job role.


Free gym membership, discounts on Arena facilities and courses, pension scheme, uniform provided, free parking.

For an application pack please email:

Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Manager


Closing date: 31st  January 2020

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