Active Luton News
Enter Sports Relief Mile and help raise cash
On the day it was presented with a £220k cheque to expand its successful programme which encourages women to take part in sport and physical activity, Active Luton is now calling on residents to enter the 2014 Sports Relief Mile.
A number of high profile Luton sporting personalities are confirmed for the bi-annual event on Sunday 23 March where hundreds of people will come together to run, walk, skip or crawl around the picturesque surroundings of Stockwood Park.
Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, have fun and raise life-changing cash to help people living incredibly tough lives both in the UK and around the world.
Entries are welcomed for one, three or six mile distances with a range of start times from 11.30am.
To enter visit the Sport Relief website www.sportrelief.com/Mile
Lining up in this year’s event are some of Luton’s finest past and present sporting stars including:
- Sabrina Bakare - 400m world youth and UK school games champion
- Eavion Richards - England Long Jump representative
- Dereece O’ Challagan - England 400m representative
- Jamal Lewis - Three time England cross country and mini-marathon champion
- Des Wilkinson -European sprint hurdles indoor record holder
- Marvin Johnson - Former Luton Town Football player, 1986-2003
Athletes from Luton Athletics Club based at the Stockwood park track are also getting into the community spirit of the event and have volunteered their time to act as marshals and pacemakers on the day.
The line up was announced earlier today at a special ceremony at Stockwood Park Athletics Centre where Sport England presented the Trust with a £220k cheque to expand its ‘Me Time’ programme. ‘Me Time’ encourages more woman to take part in sport and physical activity by offering a variety of women-only sports and fitness programmes across the town in various community settings.
Chief Executive Helen Barnett wants to use this opportunity to encourage as many local women as possible to enter the 2014 Sports Relief Mile including those already participating in the ‘Me Time’ programme.
Speaking earlier at the cheque presentation, Ms Barnett said: “There are a number of reasons why participation levels are low amongst women, but we know confidence is a barrier for many. This Sports Relief Mile is a fun event and a perfect opportunity for local women to make the first step towards becoming healthier.
“Why don’t you get the family or a group of friends together to take part in the event and raise money to change the lives of people living unimaginably tough lives across the UK and in some the world’s poorest countries. You definitely do not have to be sporty and you can walk it if you want.”
For more information about the ‘Me Time’ programme contact Active Luton on 01582 40 02 72 or visit www.activeluton.co.uk
Multi Event Series
Lewsey Sports Park Events
1. 22nd March 2014 – Free Triathlon Training Day 10.00 – 4.00pm
2. 30th March 2014 – Duathlon Sprint
Inspire Luton Sports Village Events
1. 13th April 2014 – Aquathlon (2 Event distances)
2. 11th May 2014 – Aquathlon (2 event distances)
3. 1st June 2014 Sprint Cross Triathlon
Profiles Member’s (Fixed Term & Annual) receive a 30% discount on the event entry fee.
New disability dive programme starts
New disability dive programme starting in February
Active Luton is delivering a new diving programme aimed at young people with disabilities. Starting on 6 February, the ‘DiveAbility’ sessions will take place each Thursday from 4-5pm and 5-6pm at Inspire: Luton Sports Village.
Splash - FAQ's
Splash - the Celebrity ITV Dive show is returning to our screens in January 2014. The programme will once again be filmed at Inspire:Luton Sports Village, following an agreement between the production company TwoFour and Luton Borough Council.
Whilst Active Luton are supportive of that decision we realise this will have an impact on some of our customers. We're really sorry for the disruption and will do everything possible to keep this to a minimum. We're already being asked about arrangements, so to help you we've put together a series of Frequently Asked Questions that we hope provide answers. We'll add to the list as more come in.
Luton hosting high profile diving competition
Inspire: Luton Sports Village will be the home of the 26th Luton Challenge - the longest running and most exciting annual inter-club diving competition. The high profile meeting is being hosted by Luton Diving Club inside the town’s £26million world class leisure centre from 22-24 November.
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 gruelling competition. Many international divers have competed at this event in years gone by including Olympic bronze medallist and British and European champion Tom Daley.
This year’s event will see a number of top GB junior divers competing alongside international-class competitors. A number of special guests will be attending the ‘Pairs Event’ at 2pm on Saturday 23 November. This is the only ‘knockout’ diving event in the country consisting of a male and female diver, one from Group A and one from Group B.
There is no entry fee although there will be Luton Challenge programmes being sold throughout the weekend for £5.
Brian Hazelton, Chairman of Luton Diving Club, said: “We have a fantastic line-up of divers for the ‘Pairs Event’ including Daniel Goodfellow, who took part in the World Championships in Barcelona’13, along with Olympic divers Rebecca Gallantree, Hannah Starling and Jack Laugher. Some of the top European Junior divers are also coming to compete including Lois Toulson, Lydia Rosenthall and Yona Knight-Wisdom who is the first diver to represent Jamaica. “This should be a very exciting event especially for Luton Diving Club’s Elliott Browne and Katherine Kerr who will fight it out for medals and prize money.”
Helen Barnett, Chief Executive at Active Luton, said: “We are delighted to be hosting what is going to be a fantastic weekend of top quality competition. 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.
Cllr Mohammed Ashraf, Portfolio Holder for sports and leisure, said: “It is great to have a competition of this scale coming to Luton. Producing future local sporting champions and encouraging more people to take part in sport are two of the main reasons we built Inspire, and I am confident the Luton Challenge will achieve both. Please do come along and support.
£1 sports clubs to open in Luton
Luton will benefit from two new youth sports clubs thanks to a £10,000 grant from Sport England.
Active Luton secured the lottery funding to set up the ‘Doorstep’ sports clubs at Lea Manor Recreation Centre and Lewsey Sports Park. The clubs will give young people the opportunity to take part in a range of activities at affordable prices.
The programme aims to build on the London 2012 Olympic legacy by bringing sport to young people aged 14-25 years at the 'right time, right place, right price and in the right style’. The clubs will start on 22 November at both centres with activities costing just £1 per session.
Lea Manor Recreation Centre will initially hold the clubs on Friday evenings offering football and street dance activities. The Profiles Gym will also be available on Friday evenings and throughout the weekends at the same price.
Lewsey Sports Park will initially be running women-only swimming on Friday evenings along with the Profiles Gym, which will also be available throughout the weekends. Additionally there will be basketball sessions on Monday evenings at Barnfield West Academy.
The programme of activities at the two doorstep sports clubs will change regularly as they will be determined by what young people want to take part in.
Helen Barnett, Chief Executive of Active Luton said: "Sport has a real positive impact on people's lives but we know that many young people in Luton are unable to take part because they don’t have the money. We are therefore delighted to receive funding to run these really important clubs which will give our young people access to sport at a price they can afford."
Cllr Mohammed Ashraf, Portfolio Holder for sports and arts, said: “Continuing to build on legacy of the London 2012 Games, we are hopeful that these fantastic new clubs will inspire young people to get involved in sport and live healthy lifestyles.”
Nationally 307 new doorstep sports clubs will be set up by Summer 2014. The programme is being supported by Sport England with £3.38 million of National Lottery funding.
Jane Ashworth OBE, Chief Executive Officer of StreetGames, said: "Doorstep Sports Clubs change the sporting and social landscape in disadvantaged areas. This is not just about sport; it's also about improving young people's lives as they grow and develop as members of healthier, safer, stronger communities."
For more information call the Active Luton’s Active Communities team on 01582 400272.
Tom Daley coming back to Luton
Luton Borough Council has agreed with production company Twofour for the second series of the celebrity dive show, Splash! to be filmed at Inspire: Luton Sports Village during January and February 2014.
Splash! is an entertainment series that pitches celebrities against each other as they prove what goes up must come down and learn to dive. Featuring Olympic bronze medal and British and European Championship winner Tom Daley, Splash! challenges some of the nation’s favourite faces to learn one of sport’s most difficult disciplines on primetime ITV.
Following the success of the first series, Twofour once again wanted the show to be filmed inside the world class facilities at Luton’s £26 million state-of-the-art sports and leisure centre.
Pam Garraway, Corporate Director of Housing and Community Living, said: “The first series of Splash! which went out live to millions of households each Saturday night was a great success and made a positive impact on how Luton is perceived nationally, as well as highlighting the fantastic facilities we have to offer at Inspire.
“Inspire is a venue that everyone can use to get active and become healthier and the TV show helped us to attract new users with hundreds of people signing up to the Learn to Dive courses and a substantial waiting list for both swimming and diving lessons. We have also seen an increase in membership numbers and requests to hire the centre for regional and national events.”
As was done in the first series, the rest of the centre will remain open with additional leisure swim time being made available in the community pool when the competition pool is closed for filming.
The Council confirmed there were some lessons learnt from the first series and has giving itself more time to plan for the second series. Mrs Garraway added: “We understand some people have some concerns and that is why we are giving ourselves much more time to prepare. We have identified who and what will be affected so can now begin detailed discussions with affected groups and start making alternative arrangements and organising extra sessions well in advance.
“We realise there have been parking concerns in the past and this is being addressed as part of our planning which will include a professional parking company marshalling during filming to ensure there are no problems.”
Helen Barnet, Chief Executive of Active Luton who operate Inspire and support the Council’s decision, said: “The initial series has had a positive knock on effect by assisting us to achieve our goal to increase participation in sport and physical activity in our communities.
“Hosting the show also allowed us to make additional investment in the centre which would otherwise not have been possible, such as additional springboards and equipment for diving and gymnastics development programmes, allowing us to increase the number of lessons available.
Fore more information about Active Luton’s ‘learn to dive’ programmes visit www.activeluton.co.uk/hydra/learn-to-dive
Changes to our swim admissions policy
Following a recent health & safety review, and in response to customer feedback we have reviewed our admissions policy for under 8's in all our pools.
The outcome of this is that we've relaxed the rules at Lea Manor, Lewsey and Inspire Community pool so that one adult may safely supervise 2 children under the age of 8 (previously it was 1-2-1 ratio), but we are enforcing the existing policy at Inspire Competition pool where the depth is a minimum 2m. (This hasn't changed, but not always been strictly enforced)
However, it is recognised that many children under the age of 8 are good swimmers, yet access is still restricted and numbers of under 8 that parents can bring is limited
We will be implementing the ASA/IMPSA Pool Swimming Standard Award which has been designed to complement and support national risk assessment guidance for child admissions. The award provides an assessment of swimming ability and water confidence and is used by facilities like Ponds Forge
For those adults with children under the age of 8 who meet the criteria of the ASA / IMSPA Pool Swimming Standard Award, the policy can be varied. Once a child has proved competency through a short test they will be awarded the Pool Swimming Standard, this will allow them entry to the Competition Pool at Inspire and as an additional child to the Child Admission Policy adult to child ratio (up to a maximum of 4 no: total)
These assessments will take place at weekends between 8.00am -10.00am and will happen on a weekly basis. Customer can book them by calling Inspire:Luton Sports Village. Once assessed as safe customers will be able to bring children into the competition pool and supervise more than they currently do.
Vital funds raised for respiratory treatment centre
A health and fitness event at Inspire: Luton Sports Village last week could generate up to £3,000 for the Luton treatment centre, respiratory unit.
Residents turned up in their hundreds to raise funds to purchase a much needed recumbent bike, by taking part in a sponsored triathlon using exercise bikes, rowing machines and walking. There were also fitness classes, tombola games and short mat bowls throughout the day. The event included a silent auction where people bid for a number of donated items including afternoon tea for two at Park Lane Hotel. There was also a book stall, run by Breathe Easy and refreshments on sale.
Free golfing experience for Luton carers
Local carers are being encouraged to take some time out for themselves and sign up for a free golfing experience at Stockwood Park Golf Centre.
The one-off event will offer a day’s respite for those who freely give up their time to look after someone because of ill health, disability or old age on a long term basis. Active Luton has organised the event as part of Carers’ Week 2013 after successfully applying for funding through Luton Borough Council’s Carers’ Support Fund.
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