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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.

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.

Urban Revolution Provides New Challenges

GM Active and Obstacle Course Racing specialists Urban Attack have come together to create something special – Greater Manchester’s very own fully inclusive obstacle races.

Urban Revolution OCR Series – exciting venues, mega obstacles and fun packed events in the very heart of Greater Manchester.

5 km is perfect for the novice / first timer and 10 km for those that want to challenge themselves more.

Whatever route you take you’ll have a fantastic day out tackling amazing obstacles, fighting through our Mud Zones and wading through water to the finish line and a well deserved drink in our fun packed event villages.

First timers to competitive runners, no matter – there is something for all, including Kid’s and Teen Races, Family Entertainment and in case you missed it – big obstacles!

Who’s behind it all?

GM Active is a collaboration between the 13 Greater Manchester leisure and cultural community organisations.  GM Active is dedicated to transforming communities in the region, collectively managing 87 leisure and sports facilities, including one in your neighbourhood! To find out more about your local facilities, activities and events click here.

Urban Revolution corporate event Friday 11th October

Outstanding opportunity for having fun with colleagues and team building.

All abilities course choose 5km or 10km (just decide what you feel like on the day)

We are taking you an an action packed tour of this stunning park…

Award Winning Giant Water Slide – Take Off, Tarzan Swing, Tsunami, Ninja Wall, Goliath Steps and much much more…

Unbeatable Value For Money Includes:

– 30 + Obstacles   – A Free Beer Each  – New for 2019 Action Packed Course Route

– Special Finisher Medal  – Hot Showers  – Free Race Photos

– Entertainment with DJ, Live Music & Bar – Amazing Event Village With Full Amenities

Limited spaces available. Launch offer first 200 places £39 per person.

What do you need to do?

1. Just create team name and pre-book how many places you want (can add extras later).

2. We only ask you for your final team member details in September.

3. Flexible start time – start anytime between 12:00 – 14:30 on the day.

To book head over to http://www.urbanrevolutionocrseries.co.uk/

Urban Revolution public event Saturday 12th October

Adult 5km or 10km all abilities course (same price you decide how you feel on the day)

We are taking you an an action packed tour of this stunning park…

Fun challenge for all the family taking on our obstacles.  Award Winning Giant Water Slide – Take Off, Tarzan Swing, Tsunami, Ninja Wall, Goliath Steps and much much more…

Unbeatable Value For Money Includes:

– Adults (12 yrs +) 5 km or 10 km course

– Kid’s (4-11 yrs ) 1 km course.

– 30 + Obstacles   – Action Packed Course Route

– Special Finisher Medal (For All)

– Hot Showers

– Free Race Photos

– Family Entertainment with DJ, Live Music & Bar

– Amazing Event Village With Full Amenities

Special launch offer prices:

Adults (16 yrs +) £25

Teens (12-15 yrs) £15

Child (4- 11 yrs) £7

To book head over to http://www.urbanrevolutionocrseries.co.uk/

 

Job Opportunity: 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, rising to £8.21 per hour on completion of training

Hours: 22 hours per week (average). Permanent contract.

  WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4
Monday 1530-2000 1230-2000   1300-2000
Tuesday   1545-2245 1545-2245 1545-2245
Wednesday 0645-1245      
Thursday 1530-2000   1530-2000 1545-2245
Friday 1545-2215 0645-1245 1545-2215  
Saturday 0900-1230 0900-1230    
Sunday        

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

Essential   

  •  Diplomacy and interpersonal skill
  •  Excellent verbal communication skills
  •  Good telephone technique
  •  Customer care and customer focused   operations experience
  •  Flexible approach to working hours
  •  Smart appearance

Desirable 

  • Receptionist experience
  • Computer operations
  • Till system and cash handling
  • Experience of leisure facilities operation

 

To request an application pack, please email Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Manager kathrynplatt@boltonarena.com, or telephone 01204 488115.

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

Closing date: 15 February 2019, 12 noon.

Bolton Arena & Horwich Harriers Become Partners

Bolton Arena Gym|& Horwich Harriers – New Runners Group 

 USN Bolton Arena in partnership with Horwich Harriers are delighted to introduce a new runners group every Monday, sessions are perfect for adults either just starting out or getting back into running.

The FREE 12 week programme begins on Mon 28th January, 6pm at Bolton Arena. Running sessions will be delivered by fully qualified coaches.

 Setting off from the Arena main reception you will head out in to the local area as a group building your fitness and confidence each week. Group runners will work towards achieving the 5KM distance.

For further information please call 01204 488100 or email memberships@boltonarena.com

 Arena Run Together – Begins on 5th February

Tuesdays

12pm – 1pm

Suitable For All Abilities

Sessions to take place on the running track

Speak to a member of the gym team for more information

Job Opportunity: Casual Arena Attendant

JOB VACANCY: Casual Arena Attendant  

Working in the Operations Department, the successful applicant will be required to assist with cleaning, facility checks, setting up of equipment and other general duties on an
‘ad-hoc’ basis, as and when required.  

A wide variety of shift patterns exist and will involve weekend, evening and early morning working, however, there is no guarantee that work will be offered regularly. 

Shift examples: 

Weekdays

6.30am – various finish times
2.30pm / 5.30pm – latest finish time 10.45pm 

Weekends

7.30am / 9.00am – various finish times
1.30pm / 2.00pm – latest finish time 8.15pm 

Weekend working is an essential part of the role. 

Staff benefits include; uniform, discounts at Refresh café, free gym membership, discounts at Middlebrook restaurants/retailers 

For further information or to request an application form please contact: 

Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Officer kathrynplatt@boltonarena.com 

Application forms are also available from Reception. 

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

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

Closing date: 31st January 2019 

World’s Top Juniors On The Way To USN Bolton Arena

The Junior International Bolton, held here at USN Bolton Arena will take place from Friday 11th – Friday 18th January,  the tournament will see junior’s aged 14 & under converging on the north-west from all over the world.

The event, which is steeped in history, regularly attracts stars of the future. 2017 saw tennis legend Bjorn Borg in Bolton, overseeing his son Leo progress to the consolation singles finals. 2017 also saw a 12 year old Cori Gauff, capture the title, before remarkably going on to reach the final of the US Open Junior event 8 months later. Whilst Whitney Osuigwe,  who played Bolton in 2015 became world junior number 1, 2 years later.

On the boy’s side the 13 year old 2012 finalists, Francis Tiafoe and Michael Mmoh, are now ranked 44 and 102 in the ATP men’s pro ranking’s, whilst top seed in 2015 was Britain’s Jack Draper, who reached the Junior Wimbledon Boy’s Singles final this year, and is already inside the world’s top 500 at pro level aged only 16

Since the inaugural event as Teen Tennis in 1995, it has attracted a very strong field of rising stars from across the globe. A number of previous players having gone on to reach the world’s top 10 including Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Sir Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis, and Tomas Berdych.  In addition, Bolton runner up in 2011 Jelena Ostapenko, sensationally won the French Open in 2017, to become the world number 7.

Richard Joyner, Tournament Director, commented ‘This event really is where history and the future meet. The number of players who have gone on to reach the higher echelons of the pro game is seriously impressive. As well as the wealth of players from across the globe, it’s a great opportunity for player’s from the north-west, including some who train at the USN Bolton Arena, to compete against some of the world’s best 14&under players’.

Qualifying is Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January, with main draw Sunday 13th to Friday 18th January.

Entry for spectators is free of charge throughout the week.

As well as coming along to watch, the scores can be followed through:

www.lta.org.uk

www.tenniseurope.org

Bella Italia Extend 5-A-Side League Sponsorship

USN Bolton Arena recently announced Bella Italia, as the 5-A-Side Football Sponsor for the Monday league. We’re excited to inform you, that they will now also become sponsors of the Tuesday and Wednesday league, which is great news for all participating teams.

Teams participating in the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 5-A-Side Men’s leagues will be playing for some fantastic prizes each season. The restaurant which is located on Middlebrook Retail Park, will provide all league winning teams with a Bella Italia team night out including partners, along with individual prizes for ‘Player of the Month’ and ‘Goalkeeper of the Month’ which will be awarded monthly.

Bella Italia is a family favourite serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Bella Italia’s menus are packed full of much-loved Italian classics. Including piping hot bowls of pasta, crispy pizzas, mouth-watering grills and a range of delicious desserts and treats! All dishes are made with ingredients crafted with Italian family tradition, there’s something for everyone. To take a look at the menu or to book a table click here.

For more information on Arena Leagues, contact the Football Department on 01204 488106 or email football@boltonarena.com

To join a league, click here

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