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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.

Walk Group – Upcoming Walk Friday 20th March

Bolton Arena Walk Group in partnership with Bolton Ramblers

After completing walks around Entwistle Reservoir and Borsdane Wood, Aspull. The next walk planned for our very popular walk group will take place on Friday 20th March.

 Friday 20th March 2020

Length: 8.3 miles

Walk: Irwell Vale, Helmshore,

The walk group has been setup in partnership with Bolton Ramblers who have been organising and leading country walks successfully for over 50 years.

Walks will take place Bi-Monthly on Friday mornings beginning at 11am. Bolton Ramblers will be accompanied by a member of the gym team to lead the group on a walk between 8 and 10 miles.

To book your free place on any of the above walks speak to a member of the gym team call 01204 488104 or email

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.”​

Final Networking Event Of 2019 Takes Place

The final Networking Arena event of 2019 took place on Thursday 5th December in the Conference Suite at Stateside Foods Bolton Arena.

Networking Arena is now in its fifth year and continues to be as popular as ever. The event brought over 60 local businessmen and women together for the informal networking event.

On this occasion, the event was sponsored by Court Enforcement Specialists. Based in Central Manchester, they provide an award winning range of enforcement services across England and Wales, as well as a professional and cost effective service that all their clients receive.

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

The next event will take place on Wednesday 18th March 2020, 3pm – 5pm sponsored by Minerva Meetups. 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.

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

TL Safety Extend Commercial Partnership

Bolton Arena are pleased to announce local company TL Safety have extended their partnership for a further year.

TL Safety Ltd are Health & Safety, ISO and CE Marking consultants providing services to organisations of all sizes throughout the UK. They can act as your competent person on a retained basis or carry out ad-hoc work. They provide services associated with CE Marking of Machinery, EN 1090 and ISO Management Systems. Our services also include HR and Employment Law, Face Fit Testing, Health Surveillance and Asbestos Surveys. We can provide many training courses and organise many of your compliance needs such as air quality testing, portable appliance testing, fire extinguisher servicing and LEV testing.

TL Safety, Managing Director, Tony Lundy remarked ”I’ve been working with Bolton Arena for the last 2 years, it’s really important to work closely with local businesses, it’s a great facility to host workshops, network and advertise TL Safety”

John Ashley,  Head Of Commercial at Bolton Arena commented ”TL Safety have been an excellent and supportive partner of Bolton Arena over the last 2 years and we’re looking forward to working together again over the next 12 months”

For more information about our Commercial Partnerships, contact our commercial team on 01204 488 112 or email

Last Networking Event Of 2019 – Thursday 5th December

The final Networking Arena event of 2019 will take place on Thursday 5th December, in the Conference Suite at Stateside Foods Bolton Arena.

Networking Arena is now in its fifth year and continues to be as popular as ever. The event brings on average over 70 local businessmen and women together providing an informal and engaging networking event.

The December event will be sponsored by Court Enforcement Specialists. Based in central Manchester, Court Enforcement Specialists provide an award winning range of enforcement services across England and Wales. They provide a professional and cost effective service that all their clients receive.

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.

Job Opportunity: Part-Time Receptionist

We are seeking a motivated, reliable and hardworking individual to join our Reception team. Responsible for delivering excellent customer service both face to face and on the telephone, you will play a vital role in the operation and promotion of the arena’s facilities and products providing an efficient reception and information service to all visitors.

You will be friendly, work well as part of a team, be an effective communicator with colleagues and customers alike, have a flexible approach to your work and possess a ‘can do’ attitude.

In return we offer enhanced holidays, pension scheme, free gym membership, uniform, free parking and a great place to work.

Salary: Meets national living/minimum wage dependent upon age (rising to national living wage on
completion of training

Hours: 22.25 hours per week (average). Permanent contract.

Monday 1530-2000 1230-2000 1300-2000
Tuesday 1545-2245 1545-2245 1545-2245
Wednesday 0645-1245
Thursday 1530-2000 1530-2000 1545-2000 1545-2245
Friday 1545-2215 0645-1245 1545-2215
Saturday 0900-1230
TOTAL HOURS 21.5 28.5 18 21

In addition to the above shifts overtime may also be available and you will need to be flexible and able to work evenings and weekends.

Previous reception experience would be advantageous, however full training will be given.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications



To request an application pack, please email Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Manager

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

Closing date: 25th November 2019, 12 noon.

The Bolton Marathon Is Back!

The first Bolton Marathon in 33 years takes place on Sunday 17th May 2020.

The Bolton Marathon was once one of the most popular and iconic marathons in the UK and now it’s back.

With a single lap, closed roads course, this is a true test of any runner’s ability. Whether you’re an experienced runner looking for that new challenge or looking for that amazing, once in a lifetime marathon – this is it!

With a full weekend of activities at the Athlete Village including a Family Fun Run and 10k, there is something for the whole family. Come and enjoy the atmosphere and be part of an amazing race!

Bolton Arena is supporting the Bolton Marathon as the ‘Official fitness facilities partner’ by offering registered athletes the opportunity to utilise the gym and running track facilities for winter training through a discounted membership offer.

The arena’s gym is equipped with fifteen Technogym Artis treadmills which offer high quality running experience giving athletes the most natural feeling. Artis Run elevates your indoor running experience. The arena also boasts a 400-metre running track free to use for gym members, giving athletes the perfect variation to their training programme.

Bolton Marathon Director Richard Smith added “We proud to be partnering with Bolton Arena as the Official Facilities Partner of the Bolton Marathon. Bolton Arena offers a great one stop shop for all Bolton Marathon runners to train and get prepared for the challenge of a lifetime!”

Event details and schedule

Bolton Marathon will have a full weekend of activities for everyone to enjoy. Race registration opens on Friday 15th May 17:00 – 20:00 and Saturday 16th May 08:00 – 16:00. You will need to collect your race number, or get someone to do it on your behalf, between these times. No race numbers will be given out on race day.

Athletes Village is in Queens Park, Bolton. Bag drop will close approx. 30 minutes prior to race start. The marathon starts at 09:00. The 10k starts at 10:00.

A detailed race briefing will be sent out to athletes on the email provided at least 2 weeks prior to race day.

By taking part in the Bolton Marathon, 10k or Family Fun Run, as well as inspiring others you are also making a positive impact on the lives of many other people by taking part in a fantastic sport!

Entries are now open! To register or further information, head over to

Job Opportunity: Catering Assistant

Catering Assistant – Permanent

Working in the Refresh Cafe, the successful applicant will be required to provide an efficient, high quality service to conference, event and cafe customers maximising on all sales opportunities and ensuring full adherence to health & safety and food hygiene legislation.

Full training will be provided and successful candidates will be required to successfully achieve a Basic Food Hygiene qualification.

Hours: 36 hours per week (average)

Salary: Meets national minimum/living wage

Monday 1200-2100 1200-2100
Tuesday 1500-2100 1300-2100
Wednesday 1400-2100
Thursday 1500-2100
Friday 0730-1530 1400-2100
Saturday 0800-1500
Sunday 0800-1500

For further information and an application form please contact:

Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Manager:

Please note, that although CV’s will be accepted in support of applications, the company’s application must be completed in full.

Applicants will be required to provide documentation to verify their eligibility to live and work in the UK.

Closing date: 25th November 2019, 12 noon

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