Luton to welcome back UK’s best divers

Inspire: Luton Sports Village will once again be hosting the ‘Luton Challenge’ - the longest running annual inter-club diving competition.

The high profile is taking place from Friday 27th – Sunday 29th November and residents are being encouraged to come along to watch the action as some of the country’s best divers compete against each other over three days of thrilling competition.

Many international divers have competed at this event in years gone by including Olympic bronze medallist and British and European champion Tom Daley.

Every year it attracts international divers, members of past and current Olympic teams and the country’s top junior divers.

The star attraction will be Jack Laugher following his two golds and a silver at last year’s Commonwealth Games. James also won gold at the 2015 Final Diving World Series and bronze at the Kazan World Champs.

Another confirmed big name is 2012 Olympian Chris Mears who was a gold medallist at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and picked up two bronzes at the Kazan World Championships. Jamaica’s Yona Knight, who has a large local following, will also be competing this year.

Helen Barnett, Chief Executive at Active Luton, said: “We are delighted to be hosting what is going to be another fantastic weekend of top quality competition. Come along and watch this exciting event and see our local future diving champions fight it out for medals.

“Luton’s best young divers have been training hard for months at Inspire, and with the all-important home advantage, they have every chance of success." 

Squash Leaders Training Course

Time: 10am - 1pm

Cost: Free

Why should you attend?

  • Increase your squash knowledge
  • Increase squash participation
  • Pathway to formal squash coaching qualifications 

What is it?

A free training package for leisure provider personnel to increase squash participation at your facility delivered by England Squash and Racketball.

Who is it for?

Everyone, regardless of your experience.


Tuesday 1 December 2015


Lewsey Sports Park
Pastures Way
Luton LU4 0PF

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Thumbs up for town’s leisure facilities

Active Luton has received some glowing praise from its swim, dive and golf customers.

As part of the trust’s drive to increase levels of quality and customer satisfaction, and encourage more residents to live active lifestyles, an NPS (Net Promoter Score) Survey was carried out with its hydra and golf customers. 

Customers were asked how likely they would be to recommend Active Luton to their friends and family; and to make recommendations on how services and facilities could be improved.

The results showed an overwhelming 90 per cent of customers who play golf at Stockwood Park Golf Centre would be ‘likely’ or ‘extremely likely’ to recommend Active Luton to their friends and family.

In terms of the town’s swimming and diving lessons, 82 per cent of Lewsey Sports Park customers said the same thing; with the total being 75 per cent for lessons across all swim and dive facilities (Lea Manor Recreation Centre, Inspire: Luton Sports Village and Lewsey Sports Park and Pool).

Some of the feedback captured from each of the facilities included:

  • "Our daughter loved the lessons and has made great progress in a short period of time." – Lewsey Sports Park & Pool
  • "Great atmosphere, great staff, great vibe and walking distance from home!" – Lea Manor Recreation Centre
  • "Some of the best swimming facilities in the UK, excellent sports and leisure facilities and well run with friendly staff." – Inspire: Luton Sports Village
  • “Course, especially the greens, are always well looked after.  The staff are always cheerful and helpful.  Really good value for money.” – Stockwood Park Golf Centre

A number of suggestions were raised by customers who completed the survey and Active Luton has already made some improvements as a result.

Recent actions have included additional customer service training for ‘front of house’ teams, improvements to online booking facilities and marshalling introduced on the golf course to help counter slow play.  Summer restaurant opening hours have also been adjusted as a result of the feedback.

Helen Barnett, Chief Executive at Active Luton, said: "We're happy with these scores as they demonstrate our continued commitment to delivering excellent levels of customer service. We value feedback and our staff work very hard to provide an enjoyable and satisfying experience for all users of our facilities.

“Although we scored high, we are not complacent and have taken on board all the comments that were raised. We also want to be transparent so full details on the actions that we have taken as a result of this survey are now displayed in each of the centres.” 

For information about Active Luton’s facilities and memberships visit  or call 01582 400272.

Active Luton has been recognised by Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for its support of a successful project to help young people with Cystic Fibrosis.

The trust has been supporting GOSH for the last two years by offering patients and specialist exercise trainers full access to its fitness facilities at Lewsey Sports Park.

The project is part of the GOSH INSPIRE-CF research programme which has helped the hospital better understand how exercise helps children and teenagers with Cystic Fibrosis.

This study specifically evaluated a new model of care for children with Cystic Fibrosis which incorporates regular exercise sessions. 66 children aged six to 15 have signed up to take part in the study.

The programme has been hailed a huge success by the researchers and Active Luton wants to build on the experience so it can continue to support local families affected by the condition.

Helen Barnett, Chief Executive of Active Luton, said: “We weren’t surprised to hear that the project was a research success as the children who used our facilities and their families kept telling us how much they were getting out of it.

“We wanted to ensure we could keep supporting local people with Cystic Fibrosis so we enquired about how we could continue it in some capacity.

“We were delighted that the great people of GOSH took us up on the offer and came in last week to train our health and wellbeing team so they will now be able to continue to support the patients and offer the exercise programme at all of our venues.” 

The hospital formally thanked Active Luton by presenting its health and wellbeing team with a certificate during their visit last week.

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For more information about the GOSH INSPIRE-CF research programme call 0207 9052178 or visit

For more information about Active Luton’s various health programmes visit or call 01582 400272.

Adding to a long list of pioneering initiatives and as a result of the success of our frequent flyer programme,  the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Unit has set up an exciting new exercise. What is it and how might it make a difference? 

In May 2012, the CF Unit was awarded a Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity grant to fund a three-year research study called INSPIRE-CF.

This study is evaluating a new model of care for children with CF which incorporates regular exercise sessions. To date, 66 children aged six to 15 have signed up to take part in the study.

Half (50 per cent) of the children in the study will be allocated to Group 1, the control group, and the others to Group 2, the exercise group. Children in Group 1 will continue to receive their usual programme of specialist CF care while children in Group 2 will, in addition to this, receive a weekly supervised 30 to 60-minute exercise training session.

All children participating have now had their six-month follow-up testing and we will keep you updated as the study progresses.

The study is being led by Sean Ledger (Physiotherapist) and Dr Eleanor Main (Senior Lecturer in Children’s Physiotherapy). Dr Paul Aurora is the Consultant supervising the research programme.

If you would like more information on the study you can contact the INSPIRE-CF team on 0207 9052178 or 07500 918480.