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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 or call 01204 488131.


Building an active healthy community.

Easter Camps – Don’t Miss Out!

Don’t let your kids get bored this Easter. We’ve a range of Holiday Camps taking place at the Arena. Gymnastics and trampolining, Dance and Multi Sport camps!

Dance Camp

Age 5 – 8 Years

Wednesday 12th April & Tuesday 18th April

1.30pm – 3pm

£10.00 per class

8 Years+

Tuesday 18th April

3 – 4.30pm

£10.00 per class

Gymnastics and Trampolining Camp

General Gymnastics Camp

Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th April.

12.30pm – 3.30pm

Age 6 years+

Mini Gymnastics Camp

Wednesday 12th April

1pm – 3pm

Age 4 – 6 years

Parent must stay in the room during session

Trampolining Camp

Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th and Friday 21st April

1.30pm – 3pm

Age 6 years+

Holiday Camp

You can find out more about our multi sport camp here.

Job Opportunity: Gymnastics Coach (Level 1 or above)

Gymnastics Coach (Level 1 or above)

USN Bolton Arena is home to Bolton Arena Gymnastics Club.

We aim to provide gymnastics for children of all ages, gender and ability levels gaining the maximum potential from each individual. We have an excellent range of equipment here which includes asymmetric bars, parallel bars, beams, vaulting table, trampettes, air track, air floor and tumble track. The equipment we have here at the centre helps to develop gymnasts in a range of disciplines. We run classes for children from walking to  adults.

All our coaches are fully qualified and trained to the highest standard and are fully CRB checked, being led by our Gymnastics Co-ordinator, who is a former gymnast who competed for Great Britain.

The successful applicant will be required to assist and lead on evening gymnastics classes.

To apply for this exciting role you must be qualified at UKCC Level 1 (or equivalent) and in addition hold the following certificates / membership:-

*Current British Gymnastics membership

*A valid enhanced DBS disclosure (British Gymnastics)

*Evidence that you have attended a Safeguarding workshop within the last 3 years

All certificates relating to the above plus evidence of qualifications must be provided at the interview stage.

Hours of work: up to 22 hours per week available, working mainly between 4pm – 8.30pm Monday to Friday and weekends. Additional hours may also be available during school holidays and also during term time on outreach work with schools.

This vacancy is flexible and applications are invited from all applicants who may be seeking to work less hours per week or on a casual basis.

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

Excellent employee benefits include:-

*free gym membership

*free parking

*enhanced holiday entitlements up to 34 days per year

*competitive rates of pay

*uniform provided

*staff discounts in café, on children’s holiday camps etc

*pension scheme with up to 6% employer contribution (subject to qualifying period)

*career development and training opportunities

For further information and an application form please contact or telephone 01204 488142 for an informal discussion.

Gymnastics Still Soaring

GYMNASTICS is a big success story at the USN Bolton Arena but we’re always glad to hear from more adults and particularly youngsters keen to enjoy the sport.

We now have 770 gymnasts per week taking part in classes over seven days. The classes cater for all age-groups and abilities – from toddlers who have just started walking to adults.

We aim to provide gymnastics for children of all ages, gender and ability levels, gaining the maximum potential from each individual. We have an excellent range of equipment which includes asymmetric bars, parallel bars, beams, vaulting table, trampettes, air track, air floor and tumble track. The equipment we have helps to develop gymnasts in a variety of disciplines.

As well as regular classes, we have a range of two and three-hour camps in the school holidays. This offers a chance for experienced gymnasts and novices to practice their skills, sample the programme and make new friends in a fun and friendly environment.

All our coaches are fully qualified and trained to the highest standard and are fully CRB checked. They are led by our Gymnastics Co-ordinator, Kathryn Featherstone, who is a former gymnast and competed for Great Britain.

We also currently have vacancies in our coaching team, so anyone who would be interested in becoming a coach and in developing coaching skills further should call Kathryn on 01204 488142 for an informal discussion or email

Job Vacancy: Apprentice Sports Coach

Job title: Apprentice Sports Coach

Hours: 30 per week, fixed term

Successful applicants will complete a British Gymnastics qualification and will study a level 3 qualification in Physical Education & School Sport with Bolton College.

Salary: £11,263.20

Shift times: Shifts would be afternoon and evenings (example – 1230-2030) during term time and you would be required to work on holiday camps outside term time (shift example, 0800-1600 / 1200-1800, with evening gymnastics coaching until 2030)

Candidates must have a genuine desire to become a sports coach and must be prepared to train as a gymnastics coach up to level 2 alongside the level 3 qualification. Ideally you will hold a level 1 qualification in a sporting discipline.

For further details and to express your interest please contact:-

Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Officer or Sue Hayes, Programming & Education Manager on 01204 488100 or email


Gymnastics Festival A Great Success

THERE was plenty of entertaining expertise and talent on show when the USN Bolton Arena held its very first gymnastics festival.

The event, sponsored and supported by British Gymnastics and Active Dancewear, was part of a whole series of festivals across the country. These are part of the British Gymnastics festival programme and “Gymnastics For All”, designed to encourage all ages to take up and enjoy the sport.

The successful event included the Bolton Arena’s own gymnastics team, plus groups from St Helens, Penketh, Merseyside and GR8 from Leigh. The Arena was also privileged to have the National Disability Display team attending, drawn from all over the country.

The festival provided an afternoon of creative choreography, fantastic costumes and tumbling gymnastics. British Gymnastics and special guest from City of Manchester, John Smethurst, selected the most artistic performance on the day and this went to GR8 for the gymnastics content of their routine, their costumes and a faultless display. All groups were praised for their performance and all went away with medals, certificates and goody bags.

Bolton Arena Gymnastics Club has classes for all ages, from walking to adults, scheduled every day of the week. To find out more contact

Young Gymnasts Shine

YOUNGSTERS from the Bolton Arena Gymnastics Club put on a great performance in the GymFusion event at The Lowry at Salford Quays.

GymFusion is a gymnastics showcase which aims to give the participants a chance to display their gymnastics skills as a team. The event shows the diverse nature of gymnastics in a way that no other event can, by bringing together the gymnastics community.

This years event had a Carnival theme and saw 16 young gymnasts from the Arena take part. This was their first time performing both together and on stage.

They performed a group floor routine and were competing against clubs from as far afield as Warrington, Cheshire and Leeds and, as the Arena’s  Sue Hayes stated: “They did themselves, their parents, the club and their coaches proud.”

An array of routines were featured from the different gymnastic disciplines. The full list of teams there was: HPL Gymnastics, Leeds Gymnastics Club, Bridgewater Gymnastics Club, Diamonds T n‘ T, Warrington Gymnastics Display Team, Border Counties School of Gymnastics, National Disabilities Display Team, Cheshire Gymnastics, Wigan Seagulls Display Team, The Wire Gymnastics Club and Gymfinity.

The parents attending had an equally enjoyable time and comments ranged from “It was a fabulous event – they had a great time”, “Katie had a fabulous time and the show was great” to “Nicole really enjoyed being on the main stage of the Lowry. We are so proud of her and her team mates. A very well done to all the coaches.”

Gymnasts Shine At GymFusion

A massive well done must go to the group of gymnasts that attended GymFusion at The Lowry on 28th February.

The group, aged 7 to 13 years, performed a group floor routine on the stage. This was the first time the gymnasts had performed as a group and the first time on a stage too.

The gymnasts did both themselves, their parents, the club and their coaches proud.

To find out more about our gymnastics programmes at the Arena, click here.



Adult Gymnastics Leaping In Popularity

JUNIOR gymnastics has long been a very popular attraction at the USN Bolton Arena but now adult gymnastic classes are proving popular too.

The adult classes are held on Sundays from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and include GymFit. These exercises focus on your cardio, core, upper body and lower body and offer a real fitness workout.

There is also the chance to try out a wide range of gymnastics’ apparatus including beams, boxes, trampettes, air track and bars and we will soon be adding a sprung tumble strip.

The adult gymnastics classes are suitable for anyone aged 16 years and over. They are ideal if you’re coming back to gymnastics after a long break, but don’t worry if you haven’t tried gymnastics before or if gymnastics wasn’t your thing.

Adult gymnastics at the Arena is fun and will help you make the most of your fitness. And you don’t even have to wear a leotard!

You can gradually build your strength, flexibility and control and you will see your performance improve in other sports too. There is also a big social element which makes the sessions even more enjoyable.

Classes are, however, limited in numbers so book your place at the Arena reception or call 01204 488100.


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