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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!

Chiquito To Sponsor Tuesday Night Football League

We’re excited to announce that Chiquito will be sponsoring our Tuesday night football league from January 2020.

Chiquito is UK’s biggest and most loved Tex-Mex restaurant, their range of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes have been making mouths water for over 25 years – from mild to wild, they’ve got every flavour! If you’re in the mood for sizzling fajitas, bursting burritos, or tender fall-off-the-bone ribs, you’ve found the right place. For those who fancy a lighter bite they have a brunch menu and a selection of desserts for your sweet tooth. They also offer a gluten free menu too so anyone can enjoy dining out with friends.

Teams participating in the ‘Arena Leagues’ Tuesday night 5-A-Side Men’s league, will now be competing for some brilliant prizes. Chiquito have confirmed they will be offering the Player of the month and Goalkeeper of the month a free voucher worth up to £17 to enjoy a night out.

The winning team will also receive the free voucher to enjoy a winning team night out.

Marcus Bailey-Brown the football manager commented “We are delighted to have another local restaurant supporting our Arena Leagues and delighted to have Chiquito sponsoring our Tuesday night 5-A-Side league”.

Chiquito is open 7 days a week from 9:00 – 23:00.

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

Wagamama Become Football League Sponsor

We’re excited to announce Wagamama as the new Wednesday night football league sponsor from January 2020.

Teams participating in the ‘Arena Leagues’ Wednesday 5-A-Side Men’s league, will now be competing for some brilliant prizes, as we reveal new league sponsors Wagamama.

The British restaurant chain, which serves Asian style food, based on Japanese culture, has recently opened on Middlebrook Retail Park, proving very popular with visitors of the retail park. League winning teams will receive a free meal for each team member along with additional prizes for “Player of the Month and “Goalkeeper of the Month”

Football Manager, Marcus Brown, commented ”We’re delighted to have Wagamama as our Wednesday Night 5-A-Side League sponsor. It will add an extra incentive to come and play in an Arena League, whilst creating a partnership with a fantastic restaurant”.

Wagamama is open 7 days a week from 11.30 till 23.00.

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

Scan Computers International Renew Commercial Partnership

Bolton Arena are pleased to announce a partnership with local Bolton Business Scan Computers International for a further year.

Scan Computers have been in business for over 30 years and are all about three things – technology, people and how they bring them together. With a team of over 200 strong, there’s always an expert on hand to happily share their knowledge with you. From software to hardware to expert technical advice and care, there’s nothing they don’t know about tech.

Scan Computers, Marketing Manager, Rajen Raja, showed his support and commented “Scan has been part of the local community for over 25 years and we’ve always believed in giving something back. We are extremely proud to support Bolton Arena and their Business Football League”

Along with the commercial partnership with Bolton Arena, Scan Computers also are continuing to sponsor our Tuesday and Wednesday night Business Football League. Scan Computers provide monthly prizes for goalkeeper and player of the month awards for both leagues, adding another reason to get your work colleagues together.

John Ashley Head of Commercial commented “We are delighted that Scan Computers have renewed their Commercial Partnership with us and continue to support our Business Football league on a Tuesday and Wednesday night.

For more information about our Commercial Partnerships, contact our commercial team on 01204 488 112 or email business@boltonarena.com

First Big Networking Expo Takes Place!

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.

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.

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

 

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/

 

Scan Computers Confirmed As Business League Sponsors

As the local business parks flourish, Bolton Arena has seen an increase in local professionals utilising the world class facilities. So, rather than sit in traffic many have chosen to get active.

Following the success of the business leagues, and just down the road from Bolton Arena, Scan Computers have decided to add value, by sponsoring the Tuesday & Wednesday business leagues. So not only do local businesses now get the opportunity to blow off a little steam after work, they can now win some great prizes at the same time.

There will be prizes for league winning teams, along with individual player and goalkeeper of the month prizes. As well as individual prizes, teams will win technology packs for their workplace.

Scan computers Marketing Manager Rajan Raja, showed his support and commented “Scan has been part of the local community for over 25 years and we’ve always believed in giving something back. We are extremely proud to help support the Business football leagues at Bolton Arena”

“At Scan we’re all about three things – technology, people, and how we bring them together. For 30 years we’ve been driven by these three passions that run through everything we do.”

Companies have found the league to be extremely useful in terms of promoting well-being, team bonding and an informal way of networking.

So, what are you waiting for? Create a company football team and join our very popular Tuesday or Wednesday, business league. Fixtures are weekly, matches are 40-minutes, kick off at 17:45, are Lancashire Football Affiliated and priced at £25.00 per match.

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

To join a league click here

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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