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Bolton Arena shortlisted for the Bolton Business Awards

Bolton Arena are pleased to announce that we have been short listed for the Heart of the Community Award at this years Bolton Business Awards.

This award celebrates excellence in corporate, social and ethical activity, and seeks to identify those organisations which best exemplify the social and community spirit which is at the core of Bolton’s culture.  

The judges will pay particular attention to evidence of contribution to the overall well-being of the community, its environment and general quality of life. They will also look for projects that can demonstrate working in partnership with their local neighbours and community, projects which contribute to the economic regeneration of the region and using positive influence to support suppliers and other partners to adopt the best environmental, workplace and community practice. 

Since the COVID19 pandemic Bolton Arena have focussed their efforts on getting the local community active again. Through a wide range of health and fitness facilities and programmes, the arena has flourished since 2021 as people put their health first.

The Arena has introduced many community focussed activities to assist in the health and wellbeing of our community.

These are some of the highlights that have lead to the arena being shortlisted:

  • Launched a new booking app - Assisting bookings of our facilities and programmes.


  • Community Walk Group - In Partnership with Bolton Ramblers, a Free bi-monthly walk group for gym members ages 50+.


  • Community Run Groups - In partnership with Horwich Harriers, 2 Free Weekly sessions open to anyone over 18.


  • Walking Football - The arena host 4 sessions per week, with 90 male footballers in attendance. We have numerous men's walking football teams that have won many trophies. our players have represented England WF teams. We introduced a women's walking football session in 2022, recently entering tournament's, winning a trophy in 2022. Age UK Bolton have sponsored the programme in 2021/22 to advertise the sessions to the wider community in a bid to increase participation.


  • Walking Netball - Over 25 women aged 50+ take part in activities each week.


  • Fitter Fans - The Arena hosts a weight management group within our gym each week, working with our gym team.


  • Charity Events - Arena staff choose charities to support each year, in 2022 we chose to support the Ukrainian charities with a two day cycle event. It raised £1391.


  • In July we launched our first ever Community Active Day - Showcasing our facilities and programmes for free, we offered taster activities for families. 350 people registered to take part with 10% choosing to join a programme following their experience of the day.


  • Elite Athlete Policy - Providing local representative level sportsmen/women with free use of our facilities to support their training programmes in order to achieve success in their chosen sports.


  • Whole workforce gym membership - The Arena offer two of the largest local employers a discounted gym membership for their staff and families. Over 750 staff take advantage of this offer.

The awards evening takes place on Thursday 22nd September 2022. 


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