Celebrating 20 years with Andy Brandwood
Andy Brandwood is our Senior Membership Advisor here at Bolton Arena and has been a valued member of staff since December 2001.
We've asked Andy some questions about his time here at Bolton Arena!
Can you tell us more about your role and background?
My role as a Senior Membership Advisor is to promote our health and fitness memberships and help the Arena achieve its monthly targets of new members. My role also involves member retention and renewals of existing members. It also involves promoting the Arena to the wider local area and providing every customer who visits us gets an extremely professional and friendly welcome.
My background has also been involved in sport and fitness. After completing my A-levels I then completed a HND in Sports Science. I then joined the Arena, working in a variety of different roles, before settling in sales with the membership team.
What made you apply for a job at Bolton Arena?
I had left my course at Liverpool John Moores University and was without a job. My mum was a member at the arena at that time and asked about jobs on my behalf. The size of the venue, and with the number of sports and activities which took place at the arena, along with potential opportunities, really appealed to me. Also being on my doorstep with very little travel.
Do you remember your first day?
Yes! Staff very friendly and welcoming. I remember going into the staff room on my break and feeling very intimidated as it was full of staff who I didn’t know.
What do you think is your biggest achievement since you have been here?
Still being here after nearly 20 years, being part of various successful sales teams, but mainly becoming synonymous with the Arena and making great friends not only with other staff members but with our past and current members.
What has been your favourite memory from the past 20 years?
Too many to choose from! Working in the VIP section during the commonwealth games, various work dos and Christmas parties over the years, having colleagues present me with gifts when I was about to go on paternity leave when my daughter was born, pizza hut when we’ve hit targets,
Thinking about it though…… my favourite memory was definitely doing the Tough Mudder with Craig and James Guest it was brilliant!
Thank you for being an integral member of staff over the past 20 years Andy. Here is to the next 20 years.
We will be celebrating our 20 years over the course of the year so keep an eye out for more news stories and offers around the Arena.