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Community Run Group – Starting Wednesday 15th January

We’re excited to announce that we’ll soon introducing two community run groups with the help and guidance of experienced runner and Horwich Harriers coach Michelle Mortimer.

Michelle will be leading the two groups which will run on Wednesday evenings from 18:00 – 19:00 and Friday afternoons from 12:00 – 13:00. Setting off from the Arena main reception participants will head out in to the local area as a group building your fitness and confidence each week. Group runners will work towards achieving further distances as they progress each week.

There’s no membership or pay and play fee, Community run group is free and open to everybody.  All abilities are welcome and no previous running experience is required.

What are the benefits of running?

1. Running Improves Your Health
Believe it or not, running is actually a great way to increase your overall level of health. Research shows that running can raise your levels of good cholesterol while also helping you increase lung function and use. In addition, running can also boost your immune system.

2. Weight Loss
Running is one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining a consistent weight. You will find that it is a leading way to burn off extra calories and that it is the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute, following only after cross country skiing.

3. It Prevents Disease
Running can help reduce the risk of having a stroke. It is also proven to help reduce the risk of having a heart attack. By helping the arteries retain their elasticity and strengthening the heart, your chances of suffering a heart attack can be significantly reduced.

4. Running Boosts Your Confidence
Not all of the benefits of running are physical. Running can provide an noticeable boost to your confidence and self-esteem. By setting and achieving goals, you can help give yourself a greater sense of empowerment that will leave you feeling much happier.

5. It Relieves Stress
Stress can actually cause a number of health and mood problems. It can also diminish appetite and sleep quality. When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy and hormones. Running also helps to reduce your chances of developing tension headaches.

6. Running has the Power to Eliminate Depression
When you are depressed, the last thing you likely want to do is to get up and go for a run. Yet you will find that after only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood. In fact, there are few things in the world that can better or more rapidly treat depression than exercise such as running. It is also a fantastic sociable activity.

Running is incredibly beneficial to the body, mind and spirit. You will find that even short runs can leave you feeling more energized, more focused and better able to enjoy all that life has to offer.

For more information please call 01204 488104 or email memberships@boltonarena.com.

For further information on Horwich Harriers, head over to https://horwichrmiharriers.co.uk/

 

Be Inspired – Phil Lyon

In our first ‘Be Inspired’ feature of 2020, we speak to Phil Lyon, a fairly new member to the gym, but a member who has achieved a lot in in less than a year.

Phil had been looking to join a gym since 2015. However, much of his time was spent looking after his sick wife, limiting his exercise time, which led to an increase in weight. Tragically, his wife died in early 2019.

Phil’s decision to change his lifestyle came midway through 2019 when he got tickets to an event and upon walking up steps to the event, realised he was more out of breath than he should have been. This led to a change of diet in May and joining Bolton Arena Gym in June, after a recommendation from a close friend.

Through joining our gym, having one-to-one sessions with our instructors and changing his diet, Phil said that the gym has helped him “tremendously”, going on to say that he feels mentally fitter as well as physically fitter, with the increase in exercise helping reduce a pain in one of his knees.

Phil described his gym journey as a “life changer”, as this has helped him to lead a more active lifestyle. One aspect of his outside life that it has changed is that he now walks to more places instead of driving and feels the benefits of doing so.

We asked Phil if he had any advice to people who may be apprehensive about joining a gym. Phil admitted to being apprehensive himself about joining as he had never been in a gym before. However, the friendly staff, who are always on hand to give advice as well as the fellow gym members really helped him settle in.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Phil. We look forward to you continuing your journey with us.

Keep a look out for our next Be Inspired feature.

In The Spotlight – Rob Ryan FC

Over the coming months, we’ll be getting to know more about our resident football teams, finding out why they play football at Bolton Arena and what it has led them to achieve.

First up, we spoke to Rob Ryan FC, a 5-A-Side team who ply their trade in our Monday Night Premier League.

The initial team was formed in an 11-A-Side League, before the team then transitioned into 5-A-Side Leagues. After initially playing in Chorley, they opted for change and have been playing at Bolton Arena for 2 seasons now.

The Premier League side, managed by Jonny Oates, stated game length, facilities, knowledge from events hosted by Bolton Arena and already knowing existing players for reasons as to why they chose to come to Bolton Arena.

In terms of their approach to each game, Rob Ryan FC opt for the same tactics, sticking to their philosophies. However, if needed, they are capable of adapting their tactics at half-time depending on how the match is going.

The above tactics stood them in good stead last season as they won promotion to the Premier League from the Championship as winners, with former Arena Leagues Player of the Month, George Hough, spearheading the title win as the side’s talisman, as well as being industrious enough to display his versatility in midfield.

Unsurprisingly, the side mentioned that last season’s Championship title win was the highlight of their time playing at Bolton Arena, as not only did they win promotion to the Premier League, they also won a prize from our League sponsors.

When asked what tips they would give to teams who were potentially looking at joining our 5-A-Side Leagues, they recommended to make sure you have eight people interested, so you have a solid core of players in case people have to drop out. They also recommended to make sure that you are fit before joining as the intensity of matches can be very high!

Thanks for speaking to us, lads, and good luck for the rest of the season!

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.

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: 31st  January 2020

Christmas Timetable – 2019

Please see below our amended studio timetable over the festive period. We have a mix of virtual and instructor led classes within the timetable.

Tuesday December 24th

8.15 – 8.45  Sprint  Virtual

8.50 – 9.20  CX Worx  Virtual

9.30 – 10.15  Body Pump Blitz  Lisa A

10.20 – 11.05  Body Combat Blitz  Lisa A

11.15 -12.15  Body Balance  Virtual

12.30 – 13.00  Circuit  Gym Team

13.15 – 13.45  Body Pump  Virtual

16.00 – 16.30  Body Combat  Virtual

16.40 – 17.30  RPM  Virtual

Wednesday December 25th and Thursday 26th Facility Closed

Friday December 27th

8.15 – 8.45  Sprint  Virtual

8.50 – 9.20  CX Worx  Virtual

9.30 – 10.15  Body Pump Blitz  Nicola

10.30 – 11.30  Pilates  Lisa A

11.45 – 12.15  Sprint  Virtual

12.30 – 13.00  Circuit  Gym Staff

13.15 – 14.00  Body Pump  Virtual

16.00 – 16.50  RPM  Virtual

17.30 – 18.15  Trim & Tone  Matt J

18.20 – 19.05  Body Combat Blitz  Matt J

Saturday December 28th

8.25 – 9.15  RPM Virtual   

9.30 – 10.15  Zumba  Bartosz

10.20 – 11.05  Body Pump Blitz  Carolyn

11.10 – 11.55  Body Combat Blitz  Carolyn

12.00 – 12.30  Sprint  Virtual

12.40 – 13.10  CX Worx  Virtual

15.00 – 15.45  Body Pump Blitz  Virtual

16.00 – 16.50  RPM  Virtual

Sunday December 29th

8.25 – 9.15  RPM  Virtual

9.30 – 10.15  Boogie Bounce  Lynette

10.20 – 11.05  Body Attack  Lynette

11.10 – 12.10  Body Pump  Virtual

12.15 – 13.05  RPM  Virtual

13.15 – 13.45  CX Worx  Virtual

15.00 – 15.45 Body Pump  Virtual

16.00 – 16.30  Sprint  Virtual

Monday December 30th

8.15 – 8.45  CX Worx  Virtual

8.50 – 9.20  Sprint  Virtual

9.30 – 10.15  Trim & Tone  Matt J

10.20 – 11.05  Body Combat Blitz  Matt J

11.15 – 12.15  Body Balance  Virtual

12.30 – 13.10  Revolution  Gym Team

13.15 – 14.00  Body Pump Virtual

14.10 – 14.40  Body Combat  Virtual

14.45 – 15.15  CX Worx  Virtual

16.45 – 17.15  Sprint  Virtual

17.30 – 18.15  Trim & Tone  Vicky

18.20 – 19.00  Revolution  Vicky

Tuesday December 31st

8.15 – 8.45  Sprint  Virtual

8.50 – 9.20  Body Combat  Virtual

9.30 – 10.15  Body Pump Blitz  Lynette

10.20 – 11.05  Body Attack  Lynette

11.15 – 12.15  Body Balance  Virtual

12.30 – 13.00  Sprint  Virtual

13.10 – 13.40  CX Worx

16.00 – 16.50  RPM  Virtual

Wednesday January 1st Facility Closed

 

Classes return to normal from Thursday January 2nd 2020.

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

www.tenniseurope.org

For more information please contact: Richard Joyner, LTA Tournament Director, on 07971 141329 or richard.joyner@lta.org.uk

Be Inspired – Gareth Mann

In our latest edition of ‘Be Inspired’, we talked to Gareth Mann, a member of Bolton Arena Gym since 2013.

Gareth talked us through a range of topics from his weight loss journey to his achievements as a result of his increased level of fitness after training at Bolton Arena Gym.

Over the past 4 and a half years, Gareth has lost over 5 stone and credited our fitness instructors for helping him achieve this. A change of diet and training guidance from our instructors are the 2 major factors in Gareth’s weight loss.

As Gareth has been a member of other gyms, we asked him what makes Bolton Arena Gym stand out. The vast range of equipment and the fact you don’t have to wait to get on anything, with particular reference to our free weights area were the standout points from his response.

When asked what advice he would give to other people who were looking to lose weight, Gareth said to “stick with it and don’t give up. The best results always take time to achieve”.

After starting his weight loss journey with us, this has led Gareth to go on to make several achievements outside of the gym. He runs the Greater Manchester 10k every year whilst also raising money for charities such as Christie’s and Parkinson’s in the form of other 10ks. Next year Gareth is raising his bar even higher as he is currently training for the 2020 Manchester Marathon.

Gareth’s weight loss has also benefitted his personal life, he has become more confident, which has enabled him to focus more. Stress reduction and an increase in a balance in his life were also benefits that he has reaped since training at Bolton Arena Gym.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Gareth, and best of luck next year for the marathon.

Bolton School & Bolton Arena Renew Commercial Partnership

Bolton Arena are delighted to renew their partnership with Bolton School who have just won the prestigious award of TES Winner Independent School of the year 2019.

Bolton School is an independent day school in Bolton, Greater Manchester. It comprises a co-educational nursery, co-educational infant school, single sex junior schools and single sex senior schools including sixth forms. With almost 2,400 pupils, it is one of the largest independent day schools in the country.

Not only is Bolton School and Independent School it is also a luxurious wedding venue.

They will be promoting the school and it’s open days via the cross-channel platform throughout the venue and online.

John Newbould, Head of Marketing made the following comment “Bolton School is delighted to partner with Bolton Arena, which is a real focal point for the town’s sport and leisure activities. There are many mutual benefits, not least the access we are given to the large number of visitors and members at the Arena.”

John Ashley, Head Of Commercial “We’re excited to be in partnership with Bolton School, it’s great to be associated with such  a fantastic school located within the Bolton area”

For more details about Bolton School please visit www.boltonschool.org

For more information regarding our commercial partnerships, contact our commercial team on 01204 488 112 or email business@boltonarena.com

Primary School Coaching Programme Delivers Across Bolton

Our tennis academy coaches have been delivering in a number of local primary schools this year, providing fun and engaging tennis sessions. Local children have been taking part in PE lessons and after school’s clubs, as part of our Primary School Coaching Programme, which aims to inspire local children to play sport.

Children across Bolton have been practicing their tennis skills and developing their techniques each week, with many then taking the opportunity to join our tennis camp over the Summer and October half-term school holidays, with several enrolling on junior development courses. As a key part of our player pathway, the schools programme is an excellent opportunity for young children across the community, to learn and practice in a safe and fun environment, supporting their all round tennis development and learning.

Our academy coaches have also been providing support to local teachers by educating them on our PE CPD Programme. The programme aims to support each teacher with the confidence and knowledge to deliver high quality tennis lessons. The 6 week booklet covers a plethora of different topics, including a focus on fundamental movements, use of questions & challenges to support learning.

Throughout May & June 2020, we’ll be hosting 3 tennis festivals for local schools, which will provide local children with a  fantastic opportunity to play sport in a top class facility with high level coaching.

For further information on our primary school coaching programme or our facilities, please email jennieswarbrick@boltonarena.com or call 01204 488131.

Body Composition Analysis – New to Bolton Arena Gym

See what you’re made of…. Get real evidence to see if your training plan is working for you.

Bolton Arena Gym are introducing Body Composition Analysis as part of the new programme offering for gym members.

Using the world leading Tanita body composition monitors which bring you fast, accurate body composition results using the latest advanced bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) technology. The body analysis scales give you a true indicator of your inner health &, when monitored over time, can show the impact of any fitness regime or weight loss programme.

Tanita is fully integrated into the Technogym My Wellness connected technology which enables Bolton Arena members to measure their true performance & track their progress wherever they are, whilst helping gym instructors improve members health & fitness results.

Devise a precise plan for muscle gain and fat loss in specific areas. By directly assessing your ratio of body fat and muscle, a BCA can help you customize your training/diet to suit your needs.

These are just some of the many measurements taken from the BCA.

Get your first analysis FREE by speaking to a gym instructor next time you’re in.

Following the first reading it’s only £5 per analysis or purchase 8 for £35.

For more information contact memberships on 01204 488104.

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