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Customer Update – 1st April 2020

As you’ll all know due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Stateside Foods Bolton Arena was closed to the public from 10.30pm on Friday 20th March.

Due to the unknown length of the crisis, we are unable to give any indication of the closure period though we will provide updates as and when we have them. During this time we will continue to follow the advice provided by Government, Public Health England and the NHS.

However, we wanted to inform all our customers and members that you can still contact us throughout this period. We’re asking customers to contact us either by direct messaging us via our social media channels or emailing business@boltonarena.com. We’d really like to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.

As you’ll have seen already we’ve been offering all customers support via our social media channels. This will include home workouts, gymnastics development, football challenges, tennis programme work and advice on staying active and healthy over the coming weeks. So, make sure you’re following @boltonarena on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and take a look at our other channels including Bolton Arena Gym/Football/Gymnastics/Tennis.

Once it is safe to re-open our doors (subject to guidance) we look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy our services and activities. We know how valued Bolton Arena’s facilities are to our local community and will be more important than ever once the current pandemic is over. We wish to thank all of our customers for their continued support. Please bear with us during this challenging period and remember that Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust (Bolton Arena) is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ‘Building an active healthy community’.

In the meantime, the health & safety of our customers is our top priority, so please continue to follow government advice, stay safe and take care.

Job Opportunity: Tennis Academy Coach

Job title: Tennis Coach

Contract: Part time

Level 3
 £16-£20 Hourly

Job Description

We require an academy coach to join our development and outreach coaching team. The successful applicant will be responsible for the delivery of weekly coaching sessions in the evenings and weekends to players on our junior and adult development courses. The coach will be responsible for ensuring an excellent standard of delivery to ensure a high level of retention of players attending the programme.

Overview of the Venue

Bolton Arena is a Regional and Local Player Development Centre located in the North West with approximately 350 players attending our weekly junior and adult development courses. We also have a large performance programme which caters for performance players across the region. We are a 7-court indoor facility with an additional 2 outdoor courts and 4 badminton courts.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate must be a reliable, passionate individual with great communication skills. Previous experience of working with large groups within mini tennis and a background of coaching adults is also desirable.

How to Apply

To apply please email your CV to:

Wayne Jones, Tennis Coordinator

Email: waynejones@boltonarena.com

For further enquiries please call Wayne Jones on 01204 488125.

Closing date: 13th March 2020

Star-Studded Entry For Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Grand Slam champions Jordanne Whiley, Gordon Reid and Andy Lapthorne head star-studded entry for Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

Great Britain’s recent Australian Open champions and Paralympic medallists Jordanne Whiley, Gordon Reid and Andy Lapthorne will each bid to complete a hat-trick of singles titles when the Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament returns to the Bolton Arena from Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd February.

As the LTA brings world class wheelchair tennis to Bolton for the seventh successive year, Whiley, Reid and Lapthorne are among six former Bolton Indoor champions on the men’s, women’s and quad singles entry lists for this year’s ITF 2 event, which features 83 players from 22 countries.

The trio are also among a host of leading Brits and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic hopefuls all looking to gain valuable world rankings points, with the wheelchair tennis qualification window for the Tokyo Paralympic Games continuing though to early June.

Bolton Indoor women’s singles champion in both 2015 and 2016, Whiley was runner-up last year, just a week after making her return to international wheelchair tennis following the birth of son Jackson in January 2018. World No.5 Whiley, who won her 10th Grand Slam doubles title at the Australian Open after reaching singles finals at her first two tournaments of the year, said:

“It’s amazing to think it’s only 12 months since I returned from maternity leave and I’m already a Grand Slam champion again. Beating the top seed last year in Bolton, in just my second tournament back, gave me a major boost for the rest of 2019 and is one of many great memories I’ve got from Bolton. But I’d really love to go one better than last year and gain my third title and feel I’m in the form to do so.”

Whiley is joined on the women’s singles entry list by fellow Brits and former Bolton Indoor finalists Lucy Shuker and Louise Hunt, while other leading contenders include Australian Open semi-finalist Zhenzhen Zhu, the USA’s Dana Mathewson and Russia’s Viktoriia Lvova.

While Whiley is the only former champion on the women’s singles entry lists, Rio 2016 Paralympic men’s singles champion Reid will be looking to add to his titles at the first two editions of Bolton Indoor in 2014 and 2015.

World No.6 Reid, singles finalist and doubles champion at the recent Australia Open, is likely to encounter his strongest opposition from 2016 and 2017 Bolton Indoor winner and fellow former Wimbledon champion Stefan Olsson of Sweden as well as reigning Bolton Indoor champion Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands.

Two former two-time Bolton Indoor champions also feature on the quad singles entry list, with Lapthorne and Dutchman Sam Schroder having shared the title between them in each of the last four years.

Schroder is the reigning champion in Bolton, but reigning US Open champion and world No.2 Lapthorne holds strong claims. Quad singles finalist and doubles champion at the Australian Open, Lapthorne will attempt to add to his 2016 and 2018 titles that he won in Bolton.

Alongside one of the strongest fields ever assembled for the senior events at the Bolton Indoor, many of the country’s leading younger players will also be in action on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February, as the Bolton Indoor Junior Wheelchair Tennis Tournament showcases potential stars of the future. Great Britain’s World Team Cup medallists Ben Bartram, Dahnon Ward and Ruby Bishop join players from France, Israel and the Netherlands on the entry list.

Tournament Director Kirsty Thomson commented:

“Over the past six years the Bolton Indoor has grown in stature and reputation and has become the focal point for many of the world’s top players at this time of the year. With the quest for world ranking points at a premium now as players continue in their efforts to qualify for Tokyo 2020, we are delighted to welcome such a star-studded field, with plenty of Brits for local fans to come out and cheer for.

“For anyone who has yet to watch wheelchair tennis in person, I would encourage them to come and enjoy for free what is guaranteed to be a fascinating week of world class sport, with the opportunity to see potential stars of the Tokyo Paralympics and beyond.”

The Bolton Indoor tournament forms part of the International Tennis Federation’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and is the second of nine world ranking wheelchair tennis tournaments to be held in Great Britain in 2020. Play at Bolton Indoor begins at 9.00am each day.

For news and updates from the Bolton Indoor follow on Twitter @WChairTennisGB and @the_LTA and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GBWheelchairTennis/.

 To find out more about the LTA’s work with disability tennis, head to www.lta.org.uk/play or email disabilitytennis@lta.org.uk.

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

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.

New Tennis Head Coach Appointed

Stateside Foods Bolton Arena are excited to announce Steven Fathers as the new Tennis Head Coach.

With 25 years coaching experience Steven has worked at the Arena as a performance coach for over 15 years producing many regional and national players. With his wealth of coaching experience Bolton Arena can look forward to the future of tennis.

In the summer of 2018 Bolton Arena was chosen as a regional player development centre by the LTA. The regional player development centres provide high level support to junior players with high potential aged between 10 – 14yrs.  The regional centres also provide an exceptional standard of coaching and structured sessions geared towards the athletic development necessary to progress to a national academy.

Stuart Kay – Head of Sport commented on the appointment  ‘Bolton Arena are part of the Lawn Tennis Association Regional Player Development Centre performance pathway, having a knowledgeable professional coaching team is imperative to our success. We have built up an excellent reputation in the northwest for providing a fantastic pathway for all players. Steven has been a key part of our success over many years, he now steps up as Head Coach, I’m very confident Steven and his team will continue to develop players to reach their full potential.

Steven Fathers added ‘I am delighted to be appointed as the Head Coach at Bolton Arena Tennis Academy. I am really excited and fully committed, to further grow the profile and exceptionally high standards at the Academy. I will be working hard to shape a very strong team of coaches, to help players push their aspirational boundaries and reach their full potential. I want to ensure that Bolton Arena is an engaging, supportive and enjoyable environment for players, parents and coaches, to achieve the very best outcomes both on and off the court. We will continue to work closely with parents and the LTA, to benefit from the very best research and learning that the LTA has to offer.

In addition to the appointment of the Head coach, Bolton Arena have recruited two other experienced tennis coaches to complete the tennis coaching team:

Simone Marcantonio, Simone started his career at one of the best clubs in the Italy, training some of the best Italian ITF Junior players and was a sparring partner for WTA & ITF players.
He moved to an academy in Spain 2 years ago (4 Slam Tennis)  and had the regular opportunity to coach ATP, ITF Junior and Tennis Europe players. Simone is looking forward to new challenges in Bolton.

John Lister, John has had 18 years of coaching experience at various centres around the North West and has helped produce players that have played at national and international level.

John is highly motivated and is looking forward to working in a team that has proceed with many regional and national players.

To support the tennis coaching team the existing Head of Strength and Conditioning coach Howard Green will also assume more responsibility and work alongside Steven to ensure the very best standards of fitness, planning and support for all our Academy players.

For more information about our tennis programme at Bolton Arena visit boltonarena.com/tennis or contact 01204 488125

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.

LTA’s New World Tennis Tour Tournament At Bolton Arena

North West duo among strong British field competing in LTA’s new World Tennis Tour tournament at Bolton Arena.

Free entry to watch world-class tennis from 1-7 April

Liam & Naomi Broady hoping for success in home region

Laura Robson, Harriet Dart and Jack Draper also among Brits competing

New tournament being staged by LTA to provide more opportunities for British players to compete at home, and to open up tennis to fans around the country

Stockport’s Liam and Naomi Broady will be hoping for success on home soil next week as the LTA stages a new men’s and women’s World Tennis Tour event in the North West.

The Broadys are part of a strong British contingent taking on players from around the world on the indoor courts at the USN Bolton Arena, with the likes of Laura Robson, Harriet Dart and up-and-coming Jack Draper also competing from 1-7 April.

Both the men’s and the women’s events have a total prize money pot of $25,000, and are a part of the new ITF World Tennis Tour.  The Bolton indoor event is part of an expanded international calendar of tournaments being staged by the LTA in Britain this year, providing a showcase for tennis outside of the traditional summer grass court season and opening up the sport to more fans around the country.  The move also aligns with the LTA’s new long-term Performance Strategy with the aim being to provide more opportunities for British players to compete, earn ranking points and win prize money in this country.

British Davis Cup player Liam Broady will be among the favourites to take the Bolton men’s title, with the 25-year-old going into the tournament as the highest ranked player at 296 in the world.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, GB No.8 Broady said: “I’m really excited to be playing the new LTA tournament in Bolton. I’m thrilled to be playing a tournament on my doorstep and it would be great to have some local friends and fans come down and support myself and the other Brits over the course of the week. We’re keen to open up our sport to new fans throughout the year and this new tournament provides an opportunity to do just that.”

 There will also be huge interest around 17-year-old Draper.  The left-hander from Surrey sprung to prominence at Wimbledon last year in reaching the Boy’s Singles Final.  Since then, Draper has been solely competing on the men’s professional circuit, and last year became the first 16 year old to break into the world’s top 1,000.

The entry list for the women’s event is particularly strong, with five current top 200 players including Great Britain’s Harriet Dart.  Fresh from her involvement in Great Britain’s successful Fed Cup team back in February, the 22 year old reached a new career-high of 121 in the world earlier this year and will be looking to climb the rankings once again next week as she takes to the court.

Dart is joined in the draw by former British No.1 Laura Robson, who is competing in Bolton as part of her road to recovery from injury and will certainly be looking to use the event as a springboard to move back up the rankings.  North West hopes in the women’s event lie with GB No.6 Naomi Broady and Cheshire’s Samantha Murray.

The USN Bolton Arena has successfully staged an annual international professional wheelchair tennis event in recent years, and also regularly hosts junior competitions – Jack Draper competed there in 2015 at a 14&U Tennis Europe event.  However, next week will be the first time the venue’s world-class facilities have staged a professional men’s or women’s tournament since 2004, when a 17-year-old Andy Murray competed and future Grand Slam finalist Marcos Baghdatis won the title.

Richard Joyner, the LTA’s Tournament Director for the event, commented:

We are delighted to be bringing international tennis to Bolton as part of our work to open up tennis to more people.  While Wimbledon naturally always gets a lot of attention, tennis is played all year round and staging a new tournament such as this, is a great way of showcasing that.  With free entry throughout the week we’d encourage any local sports fans to come and take the opportunity to back the Brits and witness some great tennis on their doorstep. We have a really strong line-up in both the women’s and the men’s fields and it’s a great opportunity to see some future stars in the making!”

Qualifying is scheduled for Monday 1 April, with main draw starting on Tuesday 2 April. Both singles finals are scheduled for Sunday 7 April, with the doubles finals scheduled for Saturday.

Entry for spectators is free of charge throughout the week. Play will commence from 10am – 7pm from Tuesday 2nd April onwards. Live scoring will be available on the LTA website at www.lta.org.uk/gbps and the tournament will be live streamed from 1st April on http://live.itftennis.com/en/live-streams/.

The full updated entry list & order of play can be found at:

 

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.

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