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Primary School Coaching Programme

Earlier this year we launched our new Tennis Coaching Programme in local schools across Bolton. We’re pleased to announce that we’ll now be expanding our programme to deliver Tennis, Football and Gymnastics.

The aim of our coaching programme is to inspire children to live a healthy & active lifestyle through playing sport.  In addition, our coaches have been trained up to be able to deliver our FREE CPD Programme to each class teacher that they work with. This programme will help support primary school teachers with their knowledge and understand of how to deliver a high quality PE lesson, as well as looking into specific aspects such as: Learning environments, Fundamental Movements & dealing with differentiation.

The specific programme will be booked and planned accordingly over a minimum 6-week schedule. Sessions will aim to provide each child with  ourwith the aim for each session to include:

All our coaches are Level 2 or 3 in the specific sports, as well as being fully DBS checked and first aid trained. All sessions can be delivered at school or here at Bolton Arena.

To ensure the quality of our delivery, we have also recently been awarded the Bolton Mark by Bolton Council.

If your school are interested in discussing our Primary School Coaching Programme, please contact jennieswarbrick@boltonarena.com or call 01204 488131.

 

Building an active healthy community.

Job Opportunity: Health & Fitness Instructor

Job title: Health & Fitness Instructor

Contract: Permanent, part time.

Hours: 24 hours per week. 5-week shift pattern, 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 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.

– Complete H&S checks and report any defects in equipment, damage or general wear and tear.

– 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.

Benefits:

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

For an application pack please email:

Cath Laing, PA to Managing Director

Email: cathlaing@boltonarena.com

Closing date: 28th June 2019, 12 noon

Job Opportunity: Health & Fitness Instructor

Job title: Health & Fitness Instructor

Contract: Permanent, part time.

Hours: 24 hours per week. 5-week shift pattern, 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 Health & 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 an enthusiastic individual 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.

– Complete H&S checks and report any defects in equipment, damage or general wear and tear.

– 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.

Benefits:

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

Email: kathrynplatt@boltonarena.com

Closing date:  20th May 2019, 12 noon

Further Success For Our Walking Footballers

It’s three years now since we formed our walking football programme which today boasts four weekly sessions and a registration of sixty eight players. We accommodate all football needs whether it be social sessions, friendlies, tournaments and league options.

Last August we formed our very first league team to enter the Curzon Ashton six-a-side league which spanned over seven months and twenty four matches. Previously, our pool of players have entered numerous tournaments picking up success at the Chorley Cup ‘winners’, Lancashire Cup winners along with some of our players now representing BWFC and the Northwest County teams at O50’s and O60’s.

It gives us great pleasure to share with you more walking football success as the Bolton Arena team went on to claim the Curzon Ashton league title on the very last day, last game and final two minutes of the season.

A 2-1 victory over arch rivals Nash Amblers in a title shootout game saw the team lift the trophy and claim yet more thorough deserved honours.

Pictured are: (back row) David Tonge, Derek Howarth, Andy Clarke and Ian Thomasson. (front row) David Mort, Chris Kershaw © and Shaun Mulvaney. Not in the picture but also in the squad Sean Roddy, Ian Grozdanovic-Whittle and Gilson Rogers.

To find out more about our walking football sessions, please call our football department on 01204 488106 or click here

 

Easter Fitness Timetable

Easter Break 

Over the Easter break, we’ll be running an amended fitness timetable. We will still have a mix of both virtual and instructor led running over the weekend. To book any of our classes from the timetable, call reception on 01204 488100 or head over to our online booking portal by clicking here. 

Easter Opening Hours 

Our usual bank holiday opening hours will also be in operation over the weekend. Please see below:

Friday 19th April – 08:00 – 18:00

Saturday 20th April – 08:00 – 18:00

Sunday 21st April – 08:00 – 18:00

Monday 22nd April – 08:00 – 18:00

We would like to wish all our members and customers a very happy and healthy bank holiday weekend.

LTA’s New World Tennis Tour Tournament At Bolton Arena

North West duo among strong British field competing in LTA’s new World Tennis Tour tournament at Bolton Arena.

Free entry to watch world-class tennis from 1-7 April

Liam & Naomi Broady hoping for success in home region

Laura Robson, Harriet Dart and Jack Draper also among Brits competing

New tournament being staged by LTA to provide more opportunities for British players to compete at home, and to open up tennis to fans around the country

Stockport’s Liam and Naomi Broady will be hoping for success on home soil next week as the LTA stages a new men’s and women’s World Tennis Tour event in the North West.

The Broadys are part of a strong British contingent taking on players from around the world on the indoor courts at the USN Bolton Arena, with the likes of Laura Robson, Harriet Dart and up-and-coming Jack Draper also competing from 1-7 April.

Both the men’s and the women’s events have a total prize money pot of $25,000, and are a part of the new ITF World Tennis Tour.  The Bolton indoor event is part of an expanded international calendar of tournaments being staged by the LTA in Britain this year, providing a showcase for tennis outside of the traditional summer grass court season and opening up the sport to more fans around the country.  The move also aligns with the LTA’s new long-term Performance Strategy with the aim being to provide more opportunities for British players to compete, earn ranking points and win prize money in this country.

British Davis Cup player Liam Broady will be among the favourites to take the Bolton men’s title, with the 25-year-old going into the tournament as the highest ranked player at 296 in the world.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, GB No.8 Broady said: “I’m really excited to be playing the new LTA tournament in Bolton. I’m thrilled to be playing a tournament on my doorstep and it would be great to have some local friends and fans come down and support myself and the other Brits over the course of the week. We’re keen to open up our sport to new fans throughout the year and this new tournament provides an opportunity to do just that.”

 There will also be huge interest around 17-year-old Draper.  The left-hander from Surrey sprung to prominence at Wimbledon last year in reaching the Boy’s Singles Final.  Since then, Draper has been solely competing on the men’s professional circuit, and last year became the first 16 year old to break into the world’s top 1,000.

The entry list for the women’s event is particularly strong, with five current top 200 players including Great Britain’s Harriet Dart.  Fresh from her involvement in Great Britain’s successful Fed Cup team back in February, the 22 year old reached a new career-high of 121 in the world earlier this year and will be looking to climb the rankings once again next week as she takes to the court.

Dart is joined in the draw by former British No.1 Laura Robson, who is competing in Bolton as part of her road to recovery from injury and will certainly be looking to use the event as a springboard to move back up the rankings.  North West hopes in the women’s event lie with GB No.6 Naomi Broady and Cheshire’s Samantha Murray.

The USN Bolton Arena has successfully staged an annual international professional wheelchair tennis event in recent years, and also regularly hosts junior competitions – Jack Draper competed there in 2015 at a 14&U Tennis Europe event.  However, next week will be the first time the venue’s world-class facilities have staged a professional men’s or women’s tournament since 2004, when a 17-year-old Andy Murray competed and future Grand Slam finalist Marcos Baghdatis won the title.

Richard Joyner, the LTA’s Tournament Director for the event, commented:

We are delighted to be bringing international tennis to Bolton as part of our work to open up tennis to more people.  While Wimbledon naturally always gets a lot of attention, tennis is played all year round and staging a new tournament such as this, is a great way of showcasing that.  With free entry throughout the week we’d encourage any local sports fans to come and take the opportunity to back the Brits and witness some great tennis on their doorstep. We have a really strong line-up in both the women’s and the men’s fields and it’s a great opportunity to see some future stars in the making!”

Qualifying is scheduled for Monday 1 April, with main draw starting on Tuesday 2 April. Both singles finals are scheduled for Sunday 7 April, with the doubles finals scheduled for Saturday.

Entry for spectators is free of charge throughout the week. Play will commence from 10am – 7pm from Tuesday 2nd April onwards. Live scoring will be available on the LTA website at www.lta.org.uk/gbps and the tournament will be live streamed from 1st April on http://live.itftennis.com/en/live-streams/.

The full updated entry list & order of play can be found at:

 

FitPRO Become A Commercial Partner

USN Bolton Arena are delighted to welcome local fitness training provider FitPRO, as a new commercial partner.

FitPRO Training Academy was set up by British soldier and army physical training instructor, Lee Hill from Westhoughton, Bolton.

Dedicated to delivering high quality health & fitness industry qualifications, such as personal training and sports massage courses. The FitPRO Training Academy ethos is highly quality teaching with continued coaching and mentoring delivered by our highly dedicated and experienced tutors, to help people successfully step into a career within the fitness industry.

Managing Director, Lee Hill commented ”We decided to partner with USN Bolton Arena due to its outstanding reputation throughout the North West. This will only serve to enhance the learning experience of our students, through being in a fantastic training environment with world class facilities and excellent local amenities and transport links. The partnership is an exciting prospect for FitPRO Training Academy and we look forward to working together and delivering more high quality courses from this fantastic venue.”

Head Of Commercial, John Ashley explained ”We’re pleased to be working with another local business and we’re excited to help FitPRO grow within the fitness industry. The background and ethos of FitPro, makes them a perfect partner for USN Bolton Arena, the partnership will also enhance our proposition in building an active healthy community”.

For further information about FitPro training academy or to take a look at the courses available head over to https://fitprotrainingacademy.com/

Interested in becoming a commercial partner? click here. 

Tennis Update

Going Stateside

It has been a very productive and successful period for the academy. The RPDC programme which started in September has settled very well and the players achievements are going from strength to strength, with two of our older players having recently signed scholarships at American Universities. Grace Eland has signed for the University of South Florida and Matthew Clegg has signed for the University of Iowa.

Success Recap

We’ve enjoyed great success at County, Regional, National and International level in recent months. Take a look at our highlights below:

Lily Hutchings – Glasgow Senior British Tour Winner

Grace Eland – Glasgow British Tour Runner Up

Finn Murgett – Doubles Winner Finland ITF Grade 4

Peter Alam and Finn Murgett – ITF Doubles winners Liverpool Grade 5

Finn Murgett ITF Doubles winner Sweden Grade 3

Peter Alam – ITF Singles runner up Liverpool Grade 5

Peter Alam – ITF Doubles winner Norway Grade 5

Jonah Gethin – Runner Up Liverpool Tennis Europe Category 3

Jadesola Cole – National Tour 12U Winner Bolton

Ella McDonald – National Tour 14U Runner Up Nottingham

Alex Tikhonov – Runner Up Liverpool Tennis Europe Doubles

We have also had several players selected to attend National Camps, as pictured below:

Millie Skelton, Viktor Frydrych, Vlada Kozak, Lily Harper, Jo Mazingham

Players selected to represent Great Britain:

U14 vs Italy – Millie Skelton, Ella McDonald – Jan’19

U14 Winter Cup – Millie Skelton – Feb’19

U12 vs France – Lily Harper – Jan’19

U12 Winter Cup – Lily Harper – Feb’19

All of these players are a credit to Tennis at Bolton Arena and hopefully these successes are just the start of their journeys as tennis players.

Development

Our weekly junior courses have continued to record strong attendances with programme numbers now reaching 290. We have also recently added further classes on a Saturday and Sunday with the aim to try and reach 300 players by Easter. Evidence of the popularity of our adult courses is reflected in the delivery of coaching sessions over 2 evenings instead of 1 due to the increase in demand. The Cardio Tennis sessions which launched in mid-October have also made an encouraging start with lots of parents and gym users attending and trying tennis for the first time.

Tournament Update

After an extremely busy period over Christmas, we hosted an LTA Grade2 U12 27th – 30th December and our own Bolton Arena Christmas Grade 3, between 30th December – 6th January. The event attracted over 300 competitors.

The annual U14 Junior International Bolton commenced on the 11th January until 18th January. This event attracts players from all over the world.

The most recent international tournament was the IFT2 wheelchair event running from 19th – 23rd February.

What’s New?

We have added starter/beginner competitions for junior players who are attending our beginner/intermediate classes. The aim of these is to offer players of all levels the opportunity to compete and gain further experience. We are confident that these competitions will be prove popular and will help enthuse players to continue playing and develop their skills.

What’s Coming Up?

In conjunction with the LTA we have managed to secure our first ITF Pro Series tournament since 2004. This will be our first joint male/ female Pro Series tournament. The last event in 2004 saw a 17 year old Andy Murray in action. Marcos Bagdhatis won the title, an was then ranked 8 in the world just 2 years later, having reached the final of the Australian Open and semi-final of Wimbledon in 2016.

The tournament will attract players with world rankings between 180-280.

The qualifying event is scheduled for Monday 1 April, with main draw starting Tuesday 2 April playing through to the doubles final’s on Saturday 6 April, and singles finals on Sunday 7 April. Play is scheduled to start from 10.00am each day with the order of play confirmed on a daily basis.

Please follow the links below for further information:

Men: https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100045231

Women: https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/women’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100045250

The player entry list will appear on the links above after the entry deadline on Thursday 14 March.

The tournament will attract players with world rankings between 180-280.

Professional Tennis returns to USN Bolton Arena

As part of the ITF World Tennis Tour some players with a world ranking inside the top 200 will be converging on the Arena for this men’s & women’s $25,000 event. The ITF World Tennis Tour is the first stage of the professional tennis ladder, with the all of the current world’s top 10 having sharpened their skills at this level.

Bolton last staged an event at this level in 2004, a men’s event which saw a 17 year old Andy Murray in action. Marcos Bagdhatis won the title, an was then ranked 8 in the world just 2 years later, having reached the final of the Australian Open and semi-final of Wimbledon in 2016.

Tournament Director, Richard Joyner, commented ‘This really is a great opportunity to come to watch some professional tennis free of charge. A number of players competing at this level progress to the higher echelons of the game, as reflected by Marcos Baghdatis reaching a grand slam final, and the world’s top 10 within 2 years of capturing the 2004 Bolton title. The women’s event could attract some players already inside the world’s top 200, and the event promises to produce a great spectacle of men’s and women’s tennis’.

The qualifying event is scheduled for Monday 1 April, with main draw starting Tuesday 2 April playing through to the doubles final’s on Saturday 6 April, and singles finals on Sunday 7 April. Play is scheduled to start from 10.00am each day with the order of play confirmed on a daily basis.

Please follow the links below for further information:

Men: https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100045231

Women: https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/women’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100045250

The player entry list will appear on the links above after the entry deadline on Thursday 14 March.

Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament Returns For 2019

Former Champions Among World Class Entry For Sixth Bolton Indoor wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Five former champions, including leading Brit Jordanne Whiley and world No. 3 Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands are among more than 80 players from 22 countries in a star-studded field for the LTA’s 2019 Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, which takes place this week at USN Bolton Arena from Tuesday 29th to Saturday 23rd February.

Ten-time Grand Slam champion Whiley, the winner of the women’s singles in Bolton in 2015 and 2016, is attempting to make it back-to-back titles on home soil this week after being victorious over the weekend at the ITF 3 Series Wrexham Indoor.

The Wrexham event was Whiley’s first international tournament since winning a fourth Wimbledon doubles title in July 2017 and subsequently becoming a mum for the first time in January 2018.

Whiley said: “For my first international tournament since 2017 I certainly exceeded my expectations last week. Now I’m really excited for Bolton as there are more Top 10 players than last week and it’s a whole new challenge.

 “Compared to training I made some big improvements in certain aspects of my game last week, but I’ve also played better in training than some of the tennis I played in Wrexham and there’s still plenty to work on so it’s going to be an interesting week.”

 With Whiley set to regain a place on the International Tennis Federation’s world rankings next week, since she needs to have earned ranking points from a minimum of two tournaments, the former world No.3 will meet current world No.3 and 2014 and 2018 Bolton Indoor champion van Koot in Wednesday’s women’s singles second round this week.

 Whiley beat Germany’s world No.9 Katharina Kruger in Sunday’s final in Wrexham. Kruger and   van Koot are just two of four Top 10 players among the women’s singles entry in Bolton, which also includes current world No.8 Marjolein Buis, the 2017 Bolton Indoor champion and runner-up in last year’s all-Dutch final.

European players fill the bulk of the eight seeded positions for the men’s singles, which features seven of the world’s Top 20 and another strong Dutch entry headed by world No.10 Maikel Scheffers and world No.11 Tom Egberink.

Domestic interest in the men’s singles is led by British No.3 Dermot Bailey, a semi-finalist in singles and finalist in doubles in Wrexham last week. Bailey plays second seed Egberink for a place in the men’s quarter-finals.

Two former champions are among the entries for the quad singles, including another Dutch world No.10-ranked player, Sam Schroder. Schroder won the Bolton Indoor title in 2017 and lines up alongside Sweden’s 2015 champion Anders hard and leading Brits James Shaw, Antony Cotterill and Richard Green.

In addition to the world-class play, this year’s event sees the return of Bolton’s Junior Wheelchair Tournament taking place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February, with entries including six members of the GB Wheelchair Junior Futures Potential Programme.

Tournament Director Claire McCulloch commented: “This is the start of a vitally important season for international wheelchair tennis as players begin to think about qualification for the Tokyo Paralympics and that is reflected in the world class entry we have in Bolton. We are very excited to build on the success of last year’s inaugural Bolton Junior Wheelchair Tennis Tournament with many of the country’s top younger players joining us at the weekend. To have our world-class athletes play alongside stars of the future really helps to inspire upcoming talent and we would encourage all members of the public to come down to the arena and watch some world-class sport for free this week!”

The Bolton Indoor ITF 2 forms part of the International Tennis Federation’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and is the second of seven world ranking wheelchair tennis tournaments to be held in Great Britain in 2019.

Entry for spectators is free throughout the duration of the tournament.

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