At the start of the year Bolton Arena staff were asked to nominate two charities to support throughout the year. Children In Need and Bolton Breast Unit were confirmed as our two nominated charities for the forthcoming year.
On Friday 18th October, Stateside Foods Bolton Arena are holding a ‘Wear It Pink’ Day in order to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Our employees will be wearing pink whilst also making a minimum of a £1 donation to Bolton Breast Unit. A cake sale will also be taking place in the café area between 11-1pm with all proceeds going towards Bolton Breast Unit. We are encouraging anyone else who comes into the Arena to partake in our ‘Wear It Pink’ Day and to kindly make a donation to Bolton Breast Unit.
On Friday 15th November we will be raising money for both Children In Need and Bolton Breast Unit in the form of a Dress Down Day, where a cake sale, staff competition and a raffle will all be taking place. All money donated will be evenly split and sent to both of our chosen charities.
Thank you to all staff members for their effort into organising the fundraisers. Be sure to keep an eye out in the future as the time has almost come to pick our chosen charities for 2020/21.”
In this month’s edition of Be Inspired, we speak to Craig Smart, a long-term member of Bolton Arena Gym.
Craig first joined Bolton Arena Gym in 2011, two years after having his second open heart surgery due to a condition he has had from birth named Tetralogy of Fallot, a combination of four congenital heart abnormalities.
Aiming to get fit and improve his strength and flexibility, Craig chose to come to Bolton Arena Gym as it is local to his workplace. In 2018, after a brief time away trying out other gyms, Craig returned to the Arena, citing the friendly staff as one of his reasons for doing so. He is now settled into a routine on coming in early around 6:30am and seeing familiar faces each day.
Craig went on to say that “the gym is also a great motivational and release tool. It allows me to have time to myself, to manage my thoughts and gives me something to look forward to. I can take myself away from the stresses of daily life and focus on my fitness.
A recommendation from Craig was to get information from our instructors if you are ever unsure of anything. Craig seeked assurance from our instructors in regards to how hard he should be pushing himself after having a heart operation.
Training at Bolton Arena Gym has helped Craig’s mental toughness, which has led him onto several achievements including dropping his weight from 80kg to 65kg and also participating and succeeding in events such as the Wigan 10k and Manchester Marathon Relay.
In terms of inspiration, Craig is a new father and uses his daughter as inspiration to stay active and healthy as he wants to set a good example to his family, whilst also being able to participate in sport-based activities with her. Another form of inspiration comes from Craig’s wife, former Olympic GB Swimmer, Helen Don-Duncan, who competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics in backstroke and with her vigorous training schedule e.g. waking up in the early hours of the morning to train, this inspired Craig to follow her lead and do the same. Craig now supports others and introduced a weight loss challenge to his work colleagues. Approximately 20 staff members took part in the challenge and they collectively lost over 150Ibs over an 8 week period.
Thank you for sharing your story and recovery journey, with us Craig.
Bolton Arena Walk Group in partnership with Bolton Ramblers
Bolton Arena gym are launching a walk group starting this Autumn, it’s free of charge to gym members. 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.
Friday 22nd November 2019
Length: 8.2 miles
Walk: Borsdane Wood, Aspull.
Friday 17th January 2020
Length: 8.8 miles
Walk: Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs, Edgworth, Chapeltown.
Friday 20th March 2020
Length: 8.3 miles
Walk: Irwell Vale, Helmshore,
To book your free place on any of the above walks speak to a member of the gym team call 01204 488104 or email email@example.com
On Sunday 15th September we hosted our second Great Northern Wedding show of the year!
The Great Norther Wedding Show is one of the largest wedding shows in the North West, and was once again another successful show with some of the best wedding suppliers showcasing what they do best. In the main hall we saw over 100 exhibitors leading the way for couples who were looking for the latest trends and making dreams become a reality.
The show also saw two fantastic catwalk shows with beautiful wedding gowns to mother of the Bride outfits and entertainment from Six15 and Ref Floral Architecture.
The Great Northern Wedding show is run by Little White Books and host a number of wedding shows throughout the North West. We are delighted that they will be returning for 2020 for their fifteenth Great Wedding Show on Sunday 19th April all you need to do is pre-register and entry will guarantee free entry for you and your bride tribe!
To pre-register click here.
We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2020!!
Our new fitness timetable starts Monday 7th October!
We again have a fantastic mix of instructor led and virtual classes that make up a fitness timetable with over 100 classes running per week.
We’re delighted to welcome some new instructors to Stateside Foods Bolton Arena. Rick is returning to teach Body Pump and Body Attack on Friday evening, a perfect way to ‘start your weekend the right way with a blast of fun and energy.’
After rave reviews from our members, Bartosz will be teaching Zumba on Saturday morning on a permanent basis. So if you’re looking for a fun, party style, interval class then this is certainly for you, providing a smashing start to a Saturday.
Why not combine sport with staying fit? Cardio Tennis is again on the timetable, however it’ll now run at a slightly later time on Tuesday evening. Cardio Tennis is a fun, energetic class, played to up-tempo music. Don’t worry if you’ve never played before, Cardio Tennis is great for beginners.
We have a ‘club night’ theme running throughout the timetable on Thursday evening. This starts with Trim & Tone taught by Lisa A at 17:15 and finishes with Clubbercise taught by Nikita at 20:15. Thursday is the new Friday, so get yourself ready for a great weekend with our club night.
Several amendments have been made to the timetable with regards to class timings, which should benefit all our members and customers.
For more information or to take a look at videos of our virtual and instructor led classes click here.
New timetables are now available to pick up from Reception. To book head over to our website or call reception on 01204 488100.
Stateside Foods Bolton Arena’s Cryotherapy unit will be available for public bookings from Monday 4th November.
Cryotherapy, sometimes known as cold therapy, is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy.
Whole Body Cryotherapy can be used to improve heart rate variability & increase an athletes ability to adapt to the high physical demands of physical activity. When the body is exposed to very low temperatures of -135ºC for 2-3 minutes, there is an increase in tissue oxygenation.
It can also be used during an athletes recovery cycle, allowing a quicker return to training or performing, as well as helping to reduce inflammatory response during rehabilitation.
Book an individual cryotherapy session for £30. All appointments must be made prior to booking, and are subject to availability.
Full price list:
Call 01204 488100 to book your appointment.
The first ever Big Networking Expo took place at Stateside Foods Bolton Arena on Friday 6th September 2019!
Following the success of Networking Arena events which are hosted quarterly throughout the year, the expo combined networking and exhibition opportunities all in one place. The Big Networking Expo saw over 350 people walk through the doors to meet the 56 exhibitors on the day, with the focus on making new contacts and business relationships.
The event featured three keynote speakers throughout the day, including Tracy Heatley from Better Networking, focused on getting results from our networking. Paul Heath from Ethical Business Mentoring, covered the value of teamwork and Karen Pilkington from The HR Dept, presented on stress awareness for employers. In addition, we had 3 detailed workshops on digital marketing delivered by Paul Cooper from LocaliQ.
We also ran two fun competitions on the day, Kevin Mullin from Greater Manchester Combined Authority won the competition sponsored by Go Ape, Kevin has won a corporate away day for the team at Go Ape Rivington. Stephen Solademi from SOS Creativity was the winner of the Bolton Arena Bounce Ball Challenge, collecting a bottle of wine. A huge thanks to all participants that took part throughout the day.
The Big Networking Expo headline sponsors The ExcluSec Group commented “We thoroughly enjoyed being the headline sponsor at the first Big Networking Expo. We have worked with Bolton Arena on a number of occasions now and look forward to working together in the future”
Paul Heath, Managing Director, Ethical Business Mentoring, “Thanks to Louise and her team for the fantastic job and unstinting efforts that they put into making the Big Networking Expo at the Stateside Foods Arena such an enjoyable experience. I exhibited on the day and also delivered one of the keynote seminars – the preparation before the event was second to none and I was very well looked after on the day. Clearly the marketing had worked because there was a steady flow of attendees throughout the full day an I felt the concept of keynote sessions was well thought through and implemented. This all led to a really vibrant and worthwhile day. Thanks once again.”
We can confirm that Big Networking Expo will be going ahead next year and the date for your diary is Friday 25th September 2020.
After a successful start to our Be Inspired campaign, it’s now time for the second instalment as we find out more about Ann Slavin.
We caught up with Ann, to discuss a range of different topics from her favourite exercises and equipment to what advice she would give to beginners.
Ann has been a member at Bolton Arena Gym for over 13 years after moving into the area and opting for the Arena out of a number of gyms due to the facilities being the best for her. As well as the gym being comfortable and clean with a friendly atmosphere, another plus point for Ann is having the 1 to 1 sessions with our gym instructors, in particular Matt. Ann’s weight has often changed over the years and Matt has helped Ann lose weight in a safe and healthy manner. A lot of poor techniques have been amended in these sessions as well as now having a consistent diet and exercise plan. Ann provided us with some before and after pictures of her weight loss after 12 weeks of being on a specific programme with Matt.
When asked what advice she would give to new gym embers, Ann recommended the one-to-one sessions with our fitness instructors in order to gain experience of how to use our equipment. She also added that working with an instructor improves your motivation and increases confidence.
Ann’s goals when coming into the gym were to lose weight and get strong, through her hard work and determination to push herself Ann now feels as though she has accomplished this. One exercise that has helped this is barbell squats, Ann’s favourite exercise as it makes her feel strong.
Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Ann.
We’ll have another Be Inspired story for you next month.
Stateside Foods Bolton Arena are excited to announce Steven Fathers as the new Tennis Head Coach.
With 25 years coaching experience Steven has worked at the Arena as a performance coach for over 15 years producing many regional and national players. With his wealth of coaching experience Bolton Arena can look forward to the future of tennis.
In the summer of 2018 Bolton Arena was chosen as a regional player development centre by the LTA. The regional player development centres provide high level support to junior players with high potential aged between 10 – 14yrs. The regional centres also provide an exceptional standard of coaching and structured sessions geared towards the athletic development necessary to progress to a national academy.
Stuart Kay – Head of Sport commented on the appointment ‘Bolton Arena are part of the Lawn Tennis Association Regional Player Development Centre performance pathway, having a knowledgeable professional coaching team is imperative to our success. We have built up an excellent reputation in the northwest for providing a fantastic pathway for all players. Steven has been a key part of our success over many years, he now steps up as Head Coach, I’m very confident Steven and his team will continue to develop players to reach their full potential.
Steven Fathers added ‘I am delighted to be appointed as the Head Coach at Bolton Arena Tennis Academy. I am really excited and fully committed, to further grow the profile and exceptionally high standards at the Academy. I will be working hard to shape a very strong team of coaches, to help players push their aspirational boundaries and reach their full potential. I want to ensure that Bolton Arena is an engaging, supportive and enjoyable environment for players, parents and coaches, to achieve the very best outcomes both on and off the court. We will continue to work closely with parents and the LTA, to benefit from the very best research and learning that the LTA has to offer.
In addition to the appointment of the Head coach, Bolton Arena have recruited two other experienced tennis coaches to complete the tennis coaching team:
Simone Marcantonio, Simone started his career at one of the best clubs in the Italy, training some of the best Italian ITF Junior players and was a sparring partner for WTA & ITF players.
He moved to an academy in Spain 2 years ago (4 Slam Tennis) and had the regular opportunity to coach ATP, ITF Junior and Tennis Europe players. Simone is looking forward to new challenges in Bolton.
John Lister, John has had 18 years of coaching experience at various centres around the North West and has helped produce players that have played at national and international level.
John is highly motivated and is looking forward to working in a team that has proceed with many regional and national players.
To support the tennis coaching team the existing Head of Strength and Conditioning coach Howard Green will also assume more responsibility and work alongside Steven to ensure the very best standards of fitness, planning and support for all our Academy players.
For more information about our tennis programme at Bolton Arena visit boltonarena.com/tennis or contact 01204 488125
We’re delighted to announce a new long term partnership with J Dickinson & Sons.
Stateside Foods Bolton Arena and J Dickinson And Sons have signed a 3-year partnership, with J Dickinson & Sons also becoming the Arena’s official waste disposal partner from July 2020.
J Dickinson & Sons are a local, family owned and run company with over 80 years’ experience in the recycling industry. At the heart of their business is the desire to provide a professional and accessible service whilst serving to dispose of waste in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner.
Now in its fourth generation of Dickinson’s, the company has grown from strength to strength over the years. Based at the custom-built premises in Rivington View Business Park, J Dickinson operate a state of the art recycling facility. Headed up by James and Susan Dickinson. James being the 4th generation of the family to help run the business.
Head Of Commercial, John Ashley, Stateside Foods Bolton Arena commented “We’re excited to be working in partnership with another reputable local business in J Dickinson And Sons. We’ve had a working relationship over a number of years and we’re now looking forward to J Dickinson & Sons becoming our official waste disposal partner and advertising their services to our customers and business networks’’
Sales Manager, Carl Richardson, J Dickinson and Sons stated “We are delighted to be working alongside and forming a commercial partnership with Stateside Foods Bolton Arena, looking after all their waste and recycling needs. We feel its extremely important to us as a local business to support other local companies, forming long lasting business relationships”
Head over to https://www.jdickinson.co.uk/ to find out more about J Dickinson And Sons Services.
Interested in becoming a commercial partner here at Stateside Foods Bolton Arena? For further information and to see our current commercial partners visit https://www.boltonarena.com/business-village/sponsorship/