BOLTON Arena has joined forces with Bolton Lads and Girls Club to help give it a “sporting chance”.

The USN Bolton Arena has become a patron of the club and has now raised funds by signing new members up to its new gym.

For every new gym member, the arena will pledge £5 towards new sports equipment for BLGC.

Laura Porter, from USN Bolton Arena, said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to work together so quickly to raise funds for the club.

Although USN Bolton Arena is a charitable trust we feel that it’s important to support other local charities and work together to benefit the community.”

Karen Edwards OBE, CEO of Bolton Lads and Girls Club, said: “I’m thrilled to be working closely with the arena. We are extremely grateful for their contribution to the club.”

USN Bolton Arena’s gym had a £400,000 revamp in December.