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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.

Professional Tennis returns to USN Bolton Arena

As part of the ITF World Tennis Tour some players with a world ranking inside the top 200 will be converging on the Arena for this men’s & women’s $25,000 event. The ITF World Tennis Tour is the first stage of the professional tennis ladder, with the all of the current world’s top 10 having sharpened their skills at this level.

Bolton last staged an event at this level in 2004, a men’s event which 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.

Tournament Director, Richard Joyner, commented ‘This really is a great opportunity to come to watch some professional tennis free of charge. A number of players competing at this level progress to the higher echelons of the game, as reflected by Marcos Baghdatis reaching a grand slam final, and the world’s top 10 within 2 years of capturing the 2004 Bolton title. The women’s event could attract some players already inside the world’s top 200, and the event promises to produce a great spectacle of men’s and women’s tennis’.

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.

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/

 

Missoula Partner As Thursday 5-A-Side League Sponsor

Missoula have been unveiled as the new Thursday 5-A-Side league sponsor.

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

Missoula, which is situated directly across from USN Bolton Arena, have become the sponsor of the Thursday league for the next twelve months. League winning teams will receive drinks vouchers, along with additional prizes for ‘Player of the Month’ and ‘Goalkeeper of the Month’

Football Manager Marcus Brown, commented ‘We’re pleased to have Missoula as our Thursday Night 5-A-Side League sponsors. Missoula, is a popular bar for our league players to visit post match. They are the number one venue locally for showing live sport, with several screens throughout the bar and restaurant. It will add an extra incentive to come and play in an Arena League’.

Whether you want a bite to eat, a party with friends or to chill out with your mates watching the sport, Missoula is the place for you. Open 7 days a week from 11.30am till late!

Missoula, is the perfect place to plan a party, fit for all occasions! Whether it’s a birthday party, hen do, works do, or just a get together – they aim to have a table available that suits you and your guests.

Pre-booking is available. However, you’re more than welcome just to go right in and you’ll instantly be made to feel at home. For more information head over to https://www.missoulabars.co.uk/bolton

For further details 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

What can you learn from your DNA?

Precision fitness: how unlocking your DNA can change the way to train and your diet

We’ve all been embarrassed by a relative as they’ve told us that we look  “just like your father when he was your age” or that we’ve “got your mothers eyes”. Statements like these are hardly surprising when you understand how DNA works. DNA is the molecule of hereditary – it is the biological information that we inherit from our parents that influences how we look, grow and develop.

Since the 13-year long project of mapping the human genome was completed in 2003, our understanding how can harness our DNA’s influence has grown exponentially. DNA analysis can be used to solve crimes, reconnect long lost relatives, or identify an individual’s risk of certain health issues. And now the same technology can be used to utilise exercise and nutrition.

Relating DNA and fitness

The primary function of DNA is to regulate for the production of proteins. You don’t just consume proteins through your diet, your body also creates them as they are required for a number of biological processes. Genes are specific regions of the DNA that hold the instructions for creating these proteins.

Whilst we all have the same number of genes, approximately 24,000, there are different versions of these genes that behave quite differently regards to their individual protein production. Through DNA analysis, you can get an insight into your own personal protein profile to understand what workout, nutrition and lifestyle strategies you should follow to maximise the effects of these proteins.

Traits influenced by DNA 

There are a number of exercise, nutrition and lifestyle traits that can provide insight into how to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your workouts and diet:

Muscle fibre profile

Are you a speed or endurance athletes, and how should your workouts reflect this?

Workout volume

Do you respond best to high volume, low intensity workouts or low-volume, high intensity workouts?

Tempo

How quickly should you perform each rep to elicit the desired and metabolic damage and growth?

Fibre requirements

How many grams of fibre do you need to consume per day to maintain a proper digestive health and insulin function?

Saturated fat

Do you have an increased sensitivity to saturated fat and need to limit your intake?

Protein timing

When should you consume proteins throughout the day to help control appetite and avoid overeating?

Sleep

How does your circadian rhythm affect the quality of your sleep?

Caffeine

Are you a fast or slow metaboliser of caffeine?

Craving sweet snacks

Is your sweet tooth a genetic trait that you’ve inherited?

Unlocking your personal DNA

All these questions, can be answered by further knowledge of your DNA. This will soon be available at the USN Bolton Arena. Keep a look out for further information.

 

Virtual One Month On……

Bolton Arena Gym

Virtual Classes …. one month on…

Bolton Arena, recently launched Les Mills Virtual classes to offer an alternative to the very popular instructor led classes.

Virtual classes offer flexibility for our members, whilst also widening the studio class options available. It allows members to attend a class almost whenever it suits them.

The class timetable doubled with the introduction of virtual Body Combat, Body Pump, Body Balance, CX Worx, SH’Bam and RPM.

Since the introduction in October Virtual Classes have been attended over 500 times.

The most popular programmes have been RPM & CX Worx both recording 150 attendances followed by Body Pump with 105 visits in the first four weeks.

Studio Coordinator Nic Seymour, commented on the success of The Les Mills Virtual system “Virtual has been widely accepted by the majority of class users, proving to be extremely successful through its launch in mid – October which is a recognised quiet time in the fitness calendar.

It has enabled us to introduce new programmes, maximise off peak studio usage and offer choice to new and existing members, vital for those people who struggle to fit exercise around their working day. It’s a very welcome addition to the Instructor led timetable”.

Take a look at what our members are saying about the Les Mills Virtual

Sam K – “I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy the Virtual Classes. After attending many instructor classes in the past, I was concerned about being motivated enough by someone on screen, but I needn’t have worried, the classes are upbeat, exciting and consistently provide teaching points for you to ensure you get the most out of your workout”.

Julie J – “Loving the Virtual Spin. It works you really hard and great that I can do a class now really early over the weekend if I want”.

Andrea L C – “Really great, enjoyable and gives me more of a choice with the timetable”

Andy – “Brill! The classes are really good – loads better than I expected them to be”

Sam B – “Loving Virtual RPM”

Mark – “Really good classes and enables me to attend more sessions overall”

Carolyn S – “Love them”

Richard – “Loving Virtual! Sets the Arena above other local gyms”

Karen S – “Virtual RPM is great”

So, if you’ve not yet taken part in a Les Mills Virtual class, check out the below timetable and give it a try.

Studio Timetable 

Gym Upgrade: Latest Equipment Coming Soon

USN Bolton Arena are pleased to announce our plans to upgrade the resistance equipment in the gym this September.

In our recent customer survey, it was highlighted that some of the resistance equipment required an upgrade. We’ve listened to our members and are looking forward to the installation in the coming weeks. The £40,000 investment of new equipment keeps USN Bolton Arena at the cutting edge of the fast-moving gym industry.

Born from the experience of 6 Olympic Games, the new Selection Pro strength equipment brings you:

Discover how it will change the way you train forever.

 

 

Twelve new pieces of TechnoGym Selection Pro resistance training equipment will be installed into the gym next month. See the full list of new equipment below

For more information about the new equipment or for any other queries please contact the memberships team on 01204 488104 or email memberships@boltonarena.com

Alternatively, speak to a member of the gym team, they will be able to give a further insight into the new equipment including the technology behind it and arrange a 1 to 1 session with you.

Look out for more new additions to the gym in October, information will be released soon.

 

ALERT: New Social Media Launch

Ready for it? We’re introducing NEW gym social media platforms.

As social media continues to grow it’s our intention to become more interactive with our customers, clients, members and the local community.

USN Bolton Arena already has social media platforms? 

Although, we currently have strong, active and growing social media platforms, the new channel will cover a range of topics regarding all things gym. You’ll find engaging class videos, daily studio timetables, information on our latest gym challenges, top-tips from our instructors plus much much more!

Platform for everyone! 

It could be an informative Facebook post, a short and sharp tweet or a motivational Instagram snap that get’s you ready to workout on those cold mornings. We’ve got a platform for you all to enjoy!

Over to you guys 

Together Fitter is our headline and that’s our ultimate aim, to become healthier and fitter, whilst creating a vibrant gym community. Whether your a current member a current customer or you’d just like to keep up to date on our latest health & fitness news. We’re inviting you to like, follow, share, and even tag us in your workouts.

Here’s the tags you’ll need

Instagram – @boltonarenagym

Twitter – @boltonarenagym

Facebook – @boltonarenagym

We hope you enjoy all our new content, and don’t forget to message us via any of the platforms with any questions you may have.

Thanks USN Bolton Arena

#TogetherFitter

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