Back in June 2017 we learnt about Jordan’s passion for swimming in our Your Pool video. We’re proud to announce that Jordan Quinn will be competing at The Cerebral Palsy World Games for August 2018 in Spain! The Games’ emphasis is to provide a development and learning experience to help prepare athletes for future sporting success. Jordan will be competing with athletes from all over the world in 50m & 100m front crawl freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke.
In preparation for this competition Jordan has been training over 10 ½ hours per week- even following a recent operation nothing could stop her from getting back in the water...
Congratulations to Active Luton Training Officer Rachel Hyde, who has been awarded The Swim England Educator of the Year award 2017.
This magnificent achievement is in recognition of her outstanding work and leadership as the Active Luton Training Officer responsible for the development and training of new swimming teachers across a range of disciplines in Luton and extending across the ASA Eastern region. This achievement is all the more amazing as Rachel has only been a tutor for three years but has nonetheless already built a reputation for her high quality delivery and expertise. Jill Catherall, Swim England Workforce Administrator commented, “Rachel is recognised for her generosity with her time and advice. She is always seeking to expand her skill set. And is always positive and delivers to an excellent standard.”
First and foremost, working out at a gym can improve your health as well as helping you to burn fat and calories (perfect to shed those extra pounds after Christmas). The cardiovascular equipment available in the gym has additional health benefits to help strengthen your heart and prevent against risky medical conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure & high cholesterol. Our Health & Wellbeing rehab exercise referral sessions use these machines to help people recover from strokes, cancer treatment, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Exercise truly is the medicine of life- without the bad after taste!
Like Aaron, Huma began swimming as a child and has continued to do so throughout her adult life. However- it’s not swimming that she likes most about being a Swim Champion- but the opportunity to go out into the community. Luton’s vast ethnic diversity means Huma meets people from all different ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures. With her Scottish Asian background she’s at ease communicating with everyone- even speaking Urdu to those whom English is not their first language. Huma’s community outreach- and the work of all our swim champions- has helped increase the interest of swimming by 30% within the Black Asian minority ethnic (BAME) and over 60% with women in Luton!
Huma at Inspire: Luton Sports Village- Women Only swimming session
Meet our Swim Champion Aaron. He works for Active Education as a Primary School Sports coach and is currently completing his Level 2 Fitness Instructor awards; as well as inspiring and teaching others to swim! As his mum was a keen swimmer Aaron and his brother took to the water from a very young age. He joined Luton Swimming club and has had a love for the water ever since…
1.Find an activity that you enjoy & make it part of your routine
Swimming, gym, fitness classes, group or individual sporting activities- whatever gets your blood pumping and body moving! It doesn’t have to be high intensity exercise; in just 60 minutes the average person can burn up to 817 calories (fast swimming) or 572 calories (slow swimming)! Exercising and keeping active should fit into your daily routine. Don’t worry though- that doesn’t mean going to the gym everyday! In general, three to five workouts per week (or in other words, three to five hours of physical exercise) tend to produce good results. Whether that’s walking or cycling instead of driving to the shop or taking the stairs instead of the lift- it all adds up to an active, healthier you!
Earlier this year Sport England selected Luton as one of 12 places across England for a pilot project to encourage more people to use their local swimming pools. Thanks to the National Lottery, Sport England awarded us with a grant of £292k for an intensive, one-year programme.
Active Luton has embarked on an awareness raising project and centre improvements under the brand ‘Your Pool’ to encourage the people of Luton to use its swimming pools more – particularly people deemed ‘at risk’ of poor health, older people, children and young people, disabled people, women and girls and the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community.
Although 87% of the local community (versus 69% nationally) had a positive perception of swimming in terms of health and wellbeing, only 47% were aware of the location and existence of Inspire: Luton Sports Village. Even fewer – only 25% knew about Lea Manor pool and only 26% about Lewsey Pool. It was time to get Luton swimming again! That’s where our Swim Champions come in.
Well I try to swim every weekday morning before work at Inspire: Luton Sports Village, between 20 minutes and an hour depending on when I get there. I do front crawl and breast stroke with my head down as I don’t mind getting my hair wet.
We caught up with Paul today at Stockwood Park Golf Centre to find out more about his passion for FootGolf and the reasons why. Paul always aims to play FootGolf at Stockwood Park at least twice a week to train for tournaments over the UK.
Today’s blog is from recent Sports Journalism graduate, Jayden Wiliams. Jayden, 21, is from Luton and has been an Active Luton member for five years. He is also an athlete coached by our Outreach and Communities Manager, Catrina Lewis, in her capacity as an athletics coach.
What burns well over 300 calories in just half an hour, helps depression and anxiety and lowers risk of heart disease and diabetes?
The answer of course is exercise-related – specifically swimming! And the great news is that the benefits of swimming are not only enjoyed by the Mark Fosters and Rebecca Adlingtons of the world. Whatever your level, swimming is hugely beneficial to your health and can also help people with disabilities and long-term health and mobility-limiting conditions. Here are our top tips:
1. Swimming helps to manage weight
Expect to burn around 367 calories after just 30 minutes of breaststroke – that beats walking, cycling and even running. The Calorie Cruncher on the Swim England site www.swimming.org can tell you how many calories your preferred swimming stroke burns.
Meet Dave, centre manager at Inspire: Luton Sports Village. It’s the perfect working environment for Dave as he loves to swim most mornings at 6am before work. In today’s blog Dave tells us why he loves using Swim Tag to track his swimming. Swim Tag is now available at all Active Luton’s pools – just ask at reception.
How long have you been swimming, Dave?
Since school – and I’m now 56 so that’s quite a while. But I still like to compete and recently took part in the Masters European Swimming Championships. ‘Masters’ means over 25 – so I easily qualify!
In today’s blog – to celebrate ME TIME being a finalist in the Women’s Sport Trust #BeAGamechanger Awards - our Outreach and Communities Manager, Catrina Lewis, answers some questions about the hugely successful ME TIME Luton women’s fitness and activity programme.
Please vote for ME TIME to win the ‘Inspiring Initiative – Local’ Award on the Women’s Sport Trust site here: http://www.womenssporttrust.com/bagc2017/. The winner is decided by public vote so please support us!
Spring has a different meaning for everyone – whether that’s longer and warmer days for jogging, more chocolate and Easter eggs to work off, or enjoying country walks. But what about the less well-known things about Spring? We’ve composed a few interesting facts for you!
1.Contrary to belief, Spring isn’t the start of pollen season!
Some plants actually start releasing pollen as early as January, meaning hay fever isn’t a good excuse for no outdoor runs this season!
A recent study has concluded that our children are entering a “tragic decline” from the age of just seven, with activity levels dropping long before they leave primary school.
The study tracking 500 children over eight years showed a sharp drop in activity levels between the ages of seven and nine with a decline continuing into adolescence.
Previous research indicated that the fall in activity levels among children happens in adolescence but this new study has called this into questions and put a greater importance on teaching our children to be active right from the moment they can walk and encouraging continued activity throughout school years.
Here at Active Luton we have a large range of classes and activities to keep your child active and inspired, from swimming to footgolf. Please click here to find out more about the activities we have available in Luton.