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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.

Job Opportunity: Health & Fitness Instructor

Job title: Health & Fitness Instructor

Contract: Permanent, part time.

Working Pattern: Applicants must be available to work evenings and weekends and have a flexible approach to working hours. 24.5 hours per week. 5-week shift pattern as detailed below.

 

WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4 WEEK 5
MONDAY 05:45 – 13:30 10:30 – 19:00 10:30 – 19:00 10:30 – 19:00
TUESDAY 10:30 – 19:00 10:30 – 19:00
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY 05:45 – 13:30 10:30 – 19:00
FRIDAY 05:45 – 13:45 10:30 – 18:30 10:30 – 18:30
SATURDAY 12:00 – 20:00 12:00 – 20:00
SUNDAY 07:30 – 15:30 12:00 – 20:00

 

 Salary:  £8.29 per hour

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 and hold other relevant qualifications in areas such as studio cycling, boxing and kettle bells, etc.

Benefits: 

Free gym membership, discounts on Arena facilities and courses, pension scheme, uniform provided, free parking, staff discounts with local retailers.

For an application pack please email:

Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Manager

Email: kathrynplatt@boltonarena.com

Closing date: 4th February 2019, 12 noon

Interviews will be held on Thursday 14th February 2019

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

Bolton Arena – Sign Armed Forces Covenant

USN Bolton Arena have joined 3,000 other organisations, including businesses and charities by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s commitment to you.

It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

The Covenant is not simply a package of benefits: rather, it is the government’s aspiration of the Armed Forces Community. Its key principles are that they should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services; and that special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given the most such as the injured and the bereaved.

The Covenant belongs to the whole Nation, and it is not just for the government to deliver. Local authorities, local communities, public services, businesses, charities, individuals and the Armed Forces themselves have a role to play.

We are delighted as an organisation to have signed the Covenant and look forward to a productive and fulfilling partnership with the Armed Forces.

For more information on the Armed Forces Covenant, head over to https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.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

Hollywood Bowl Sponsor Friday Night Youth League

All teams competing in Friday night’s 5-a-side youth league, will now have the chance to win some fantastic prizes as Hollywood Bowl is revealed as the new league sponsor.

The 26-lane bowling and family entertainment centre, which underwent a £300,000 transformation in 2016, has agreed to become the sponsor of the Friday night youth league for the next twelve months.

League winning teams will receive two vouchers for a game of bowling per player, along with a ‘Player of the month’, ‘Goalkeeper of the month’ and individual prizes each for the ‘Team of the month’.

Mike Tinston, Centre Manager of Hollywood Bowl Bolton, said: “As one of the UK’s leading leisure operators we’re really excited about our partnership with Bolton Arena, as we see what a difference the league makes to children and families in the local community.”

USN Bolton Arena Football Manager Marcus Bailey-Brown commented “Hollywood Bowl are a fantastic partner, and we are privileged to be working alongside, as they become the sponsors of our long-standing Friday night youth league. The league which is for under 18’s footballers will have an added competitiveness given the great prizes available to the winners.”

Hollywood Bowl is an entertainment haven, with so much to do there’s really something for everyone. Whether it’s for family fun, kids’ or adults’ birthday parties, work functions, nights with dates or mates or simply an excuse to celebrate the weekend – you name it, they’ve got it covered!

Customers can get the best prices by booking 7 days in advance, or signing up to the VIP mailing list at https://www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk/

USN Bolton Arena Hits The Mark

This January we will be launching a brand new primary school programme, with the aim to deliver sessions to primary school children across the borough, as part of being a Regional Player Development Centre.

To launch this new programme, we have been working together with Bolton Council to attain the Bolton Mark.

The Bolton Mark, is an accreditation to show that an organisation working within the Bolton area is safe, friendly and effective. It sits alongside governing body accreditations and can be used to complete the National Governing Body club mark, through County Sports Partnership or Ofsted.

It is a minimum standard any organisation working with children or vulnerable adults, would be expected to have in Bolton.

Communities & Partnerships Activator, Jennie Swarbrick commented “We are proud to expand our services and put ourselves in an extremely strong position, to be able to support and develop children in and around the Bolton Area. We pride ourselves on high standards of delivery, and the Bolton Mark has helped us to shape our primary school programme so, that we meet the necessary requirements, to be able to deliver safe and fun sessions.”

The new programme also falls alongside one of main beliefs of the Arena, which is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle across the community.

For more information on the Bolton Mark or to find out more about our new primary school programme please contact jennieswarbrick@boltonarena.com

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