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Celebrating 20 years with Dianne Keefe

In the latest instalment of our 20 year interviews, we speak to Dianne Keefe.


Can you tell us more about your role and background?

I started out on reception but missed working in sports, so I began to deliver on the sports programme working in multi-sports, gymnastics and with the adult community groups.

I am now the lead coach on the preschool gymnastics programme and continue to deliver gymnastics and multi-sports to children of all ages.

Having had to cancel our adult community groups due to the pandemic I am pleased to say we can now start to welcome them back and start our fantastic sessions again.

I have been the welfare officer for the arena’s gymnastics club for many years now and more recently taken on the role for the tennis department as well as being appointed the safeguarding officer for the Arena.


What made you apply for a job at Bolton Arena?

Having moved to Wigan from Liverpool in 2001 I was looking for a new job nearer to home as I was travelling to and from Liverpool Tennis Centre and Sports Complex every day. When I saw the Arena being built, I enquired about what it was going to be and applied for a job as a receptionist.


What do you think is your biggest achievement since you have been here?

My biggest achievement was being a finalist in the welfare officer of the year awards for British Gymnastics.


What has been your favourite memory from the past 20 years?

Wow there are so many. A lot of them from the many staff socials we have had over the years, or the silly things that you do with colleagues that make you laugh. The people that I’ve met over the years young and old, but the most bizarre memory has to be the day we were the venue for the custard pie throwing championship out on the car park, it was hosted by Vernon Kay and I’ve never ever seen anything like it, it was mad. Now we are coming out of strange times, I am sure more great memories will be made.


Thank you for speaking to us, Dianne. We look forward to making more memories!

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