Andy scores his dream job as Decathlon manager
WHEN Andy Barker joined sports store Decathlon as a sales assistant he had ambitions much higher in mind.
Within two years the 28-year-old former Thornleigh School pupils had achieved his dream and he is now store manager.
Mr Barker, who is married to Sarah and has a two-year-old daughter, Olivia, is “Bolton through and through” and knew exactly what his answer would be when he was offered the job.
“It was something I had dreamed of so there was no thinking involved. I was thrilled,” said Mr Barker, who lives in Harwood.
His rise to store manager began in 2011 when he joined Decathlon, based at the Bolton Shopping Park in Trinity Street, on the outskirts of the town centre.
Within no time at all he was promoted to a department manager and it would not be long before his obvious enthusiasm and skill for the job led to employment on the operational side of the business.
But it was the manager’s post he really coveted and now he has it he is “thrilled to bits”.
“I just love working here. It is a marvellous place to work with great staff,” he said.
Mr Barker, who has a degree in sports coaching and spent two years coaching football in America, added that he loves working in Bolton.
“I was born and bred in Astley Bridge. I knew I wanted to work in Bolton and as Decathlon only has 14 stores in the UK I am really lucky to be in my hometown,” he said.
Perks of the job, explained Andy, include trying out the products: “We test drive the bikes around the store so we can explain to a customer exactly how it works and what it feels like,” he added.
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