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Young carers encouraged to take time out

Active Luton is encouraging young carers to take some time out for themselves and take advantage of a special fitness offer to improve their helath and wellbeing.

The trust has teamed up with children's bereavement, trauma and emotional wellbeing charity, CHUMS, to run the young carers project which is aimed at young people who look after siblings and other family members. Young carers signed up to the scheme are entitled to a voucher which allows them to take part in 10 activity sessions for just £1 each. They’ll also receive an Active Luton Membership card which gives them a discount off other products too.

Read more: Young carers encouraged to take time out


New project to engage older men in sport

Active Luton has been awarded £40,000 from Sport England to run a 12-month programme which aims to engage older men in sporting activity.

The project will see the trust teaming up with the Older Men’s Network to deliver weekly 30 minute ‘walking football’ sessions at its Inspire and Lea Manor leisure centres.

Walking football will be offered to older men who are prevented from being active for a range of reasons such as social isolation or illness. This simple but ingenious, slow-paced adaptation of the traditional game is designed to help older men achieve an active lifestyle.  It’s also a fantastic platform for those who have stopped playing due to injuries, illness, lack of confidence or perhaps limited opportunities to return to the game. There’s no running or jogging allowed while the ball is in play and, because no slide tackles are permitted either, the chances of getting injured are close to none.  

Sessions are initially taking place on Tuesdays from 4-5pm at Inspire: Luton Sports Village and cost just £2.50. Additional sessions will start from January 7 on Wednesdays from 6-7pm at Lea Manor Recreation Centre.

Read more: New project to engage older men in sport


Lea Manor Pool re-opens Monday 13th October

Following extensive repairs to the roof we're pleased to announce that Lea Manor Swimming Pool will re-open on Monday 13th October

We'd like to thank all our customers for their patience and hope you all enjoy swimming back at 'the manor'

Please click here  to see the pool programme for re-opening.


Please also note that as from Monday 13th Profiles Gym will close at 9.00pm (an hour earlier than at present).








Squash Open day

Active Luton is encouraging residents to pop along to Lewsey Sports Park on Saturday 27 September for a free squash open day.

Luton and Dunstable Squash Club is hosting the event which will include a mixture of beginner, intermediate and advanced coaching for both juniors and adults.
A club member will be available throughout the day to explain what the squash club offers and to arrange games for first timers.

People can drop in at any time throughout the day, plus there will be specific sessions to cater for certain age groups, experience levels and abilities:

  • 9 .45-11.45am: Junior coaching
  • 11.45am-12.45pm: Junior hour - for current and potential new members (get on court and have a hit with some guidance offered)
  • 12:45-1.15pm: Beat the coach!   An opportunity to play against head coach Steve Davies (you’ll get a head start)
  • 1.15-2.30pm: Singles demo – a match between two of Bedfordshire's leading players (plus coaching demo) followed by coaching tips to members and non-members.
  • 2.45pm: Doubles

Helen Barnett, Chief Executive at Active Luton, said: “Squash is a really fun sport that does wonders for your fitness, stamina, strength and agility. It also helps develop skill and strategy while being very effective for weight loss.
“The squash facilities at Lewsey Sports Park are second to none and I'm confident this event will not only help enhance the skills of our already talented competitive squash players, but also encourage a number of new players to take up the sport socially.”

Squash rackets will be provided for those that don’t have them. For more information call 07598 139288.


Important news for customers

Please note our IT systems will be down for essential maintenance from 4.00pm on Friday 26th Sept, through to 6.00am on Sunday 28th Sept.
We will have limited access to our front of house system and can only process payments manually.
We are sorry but we will not be able to take card payments during this period.
Pleas bear with our reception teams, they will do their best to process you as quickly as possible during the shutdown period.
If you are a swim school customer, we will extend the deadline for enrolement through to Monday 29th Septmber to allow extra time to pay.

National Fitness Day 2014

Active Luton is offering residents a rare opportunity to take part in some of its fitness classes free of charge on Friday, 26 September.

The initiative is part of National Fitness Day with activities being organised up and down the country to promote the benefits of exercise and living a healthy, active lifestyle.Leisure centres across the UK are opening their doors and offering free activities; while hundreds of events are being held in parks and open spaces.

  • Inspire: Luton Sports Village is offering free spinning classes at 6.30am, 12.15pm and 7.15pm; and free leisure swimming during public sessions.
  • Lea Manor Recreation Centre is holding a pilates class at 10.45am and a kettlecise session at 6.15pm – both free of charge.
  • Active Luton’s other major leisure centre, Lewsey Sports Park, is offering a free bootcamp session at 9:30am, spinning class at 6pm and free leisure swimming during their public sessions.

National Fitness Day sees the health and active lifestyle community unite to raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity, inspire people to get active and make it easy and fun to try something new with free taster sessions.

Helen Barnett, Chief Executive at Active Luton, said: “We didn’t hesitate to get involved in National Fitness Day. Anything that promotes the benefits of exercise and encourages more people to live a healthy life can only be a good thing. “Everyone is welcome and we want as many people as possible to take advantage of this opportunity, so bring a friend too.”

Cllr Aslam Khan, portfolio holder for public health, said: “We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all Luton residents and this is a great opportunity for people to get a feel for the fantastic and fun fitness sessions offered by Active Luton.”

Celebrity Trainer Professor Greg Whyte OBE and author of the book GET FIT, NOT FAT is supporting Active Luton’s campaign to get the town moving and is National Fitness Day’s ‘resident expert’. He said: “It’s easy to get bogged down by the catalogue of scientifically proven reasons why we should exercise. "The great thing about National Fitness Day is that it is about simple ways of inspiring a change in the way people view physical activity and creating the type of social movement that encourages immediate and long term regular activity as a lifestyle choice.”
To confirm a place on the fitness classes, or to enquire about the free public swim sessions, contact the centres directly:

Inspire Luton Sports Village – 01582 393230
Lea Manor Recreation Centre – 01582 599888
Lewsey Sports Park – 01582 604244


Scuba recruits required by Royal appointment

SCUBA divers from Luton BSAC are appealing for new recruits after TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge attended an event to mark the handover of the British Sub-Aqua Club Presidency (BSAC).

Members of Luton BSAC a branch club of BSAC, based at Inspire:Luton Sports VIllage welcomed the official handover to The Duke who has spoken of how he hopes his Presidency will inspire his little son George and other youngsters to also take the plunge and explore the underwater world.

David Watchorn, Chairman of Luton BSAC, said: “We feel very honoured that for four decades our governing body has been led by The Prince of Wales. We now join together with BSAC clubs all over the country to welcome his son, The Duke of Cambridge, as our new President.

“We feel sure it will inspire other young people to take up the sport and as an active scuba diving club ourselves, we are always on the lookout for new members.

“We regularly hold Try Dives where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can come and try scuba diving and sample just a fraction of the amazing opportunities this terrific sport can offer.”

For more information about Luton BSAC please go to www.lutonbsac.co.uk or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or find us on facebook- www.facebook.com/lutonbsac

Their Royal Highnesses met the next generation of scuba divers and snorkellers at the special reception where The Duke himself took the plunge at the Oasis lido in London’s West End. It was announced in May that The Duke has followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to take over the leadership of BSAC, the UK’s governing body for scuba diving and snorkelling, which celebrated its diamond jubilee last year.

Their Royal Highnesses joined around 100 BSAC members to mark the historic handover and to say thank you to The Prince of Wales for his four decades of loyal leadership at the head of the organisation.




Keep In Touch

Newsletter for customers at Lea Manor Recreation Centre and Lewsey Park Pool

Roof Works to Lea Manor Recreation Centre

Luton Borough Council has notified us of its intention to undertake repair works to the roof at Lea Manor Recreation Centre.  This means we will have to close off the swimming pool for a 4 month period.

Lea Manor pool will therefore close to the public after the final swim session on Sunday 15th June and reopen on Monday 13th October 2014.

We are sorry about the short notice of closure, but we’ll do our very best to keep you informed, up to and beyond the closure dates.

How does this affect services at Lea Manor Recreation Centre?  

The good news is that all of the dry side activities have been relocated to other areas of the site and will continue throughout the building works.  

Will other pool activities be affected?

There will be no public swimming at Lea Manor during the closure but customers are welcome to use Lewsey Park Pool and Inspire: Luton Sports Village to swim.

The following groups of users will be signposted to existing sessions at other sites

  • Access to Sport
  • Adults and Women only
  • early mornings lane swims
  • fun sessions

What about the Hydra Learn to Swim programme?

Lessons will be relocated from Lea Manor to Lewsey Park Pool. We anticipate that the quality of the lessons will not be fundamentally affected. This is a reverse of the situation when Lewsey Park Pool closed for refurbishment in 2012.

Will lessons be at the same day and time?

Times of lessons will be staggered to ease changing room congestion at Lewsey, a lesson learnt from the last time we had a pool closure. We will contact you as to actual times as soon as possible, by phone and we’ll also advise you via posters in Centre receptions. 

Will we be able to accommodate everyone at Lewsey?

We’ll do our best to ensure there is sufficient water space at Lewsey Park Pool by using blocks in the middle of the pool to reduce the water depth.

To ease congestion at Lewsey Park Pool, we are providing CCTV cameras in the pool hall at Lewsey Park Pool linked to TV screens at Lewsey Sports Park cafe and we would encourage Swim School parents to use this venue. Complimentary tea and coffee will be provided at the Sports Park for those customers who use it.

Are there any other group activities that can’t be accommodated?

Happily we’ve managed to accommodate most other groups. If you have any concerns about your group activities please speak to a member of our staff.

If you have any further questions

  • Please feel free to ask our staff
  • Use the comment cards on site
  • e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For further information: Look out for updates on the Centre Feedback Boards, on our website, on Facebook (like our page Active Luton) and in the press.

For your convenience please click here to veiw a map of how to get to Lewsey Park Pool


Strong showing from Team GB athletes at Luton triathlon

Team GB's Richard Lewey and Eloise Turner took gold in the men’s and women’s races in Sunday’s Hercules Sprint Cross Triathlon held at Inspire: Luton Sports Village.

An impressive field of competitors from Luton and across the county, including a host of Team GB members, lined up for the demanding off road triathlon. The race started with a 400m swim in the 50-metre Olympic-size pool. The competitors then raced directly to the transition zone, leapt onto their mountain bikes to take on a tough 13 km off-road cycle, before returning to the park to finish with a 4km running race.

The men’s race was very hotly contested, with the first three finishers coming in within one minute of each other. Team GB’s Richard Lewey finally triumphed in an astonishing time of just 56:28. The woman’s race was equally hard fought with Team GB’s Eloise Turner taking the gold with a very fast 1:06:21.

The day was by no means all about elite athletes. A host of local athletes took on the difficult course and demonstrated great determination and wonderful British sportsmanship. A fantastic example of this was when many of the elite athletes lined the finish run-in to welcome home novice Triathlete Fi Draper, who soldiered home to finish in 2:04:28.  

David Enright (Director of Hercules Events) said: “Although I was very impressed by the performances of the elite athletes, it was the show of sportsmanship towards the novice triathletes that really impressed me. I had a lump in my throat when I saw all of the experienced athletes wait and line up to welcome home the last finisher. That is what British sportsmanship is all about.”

 The Cross Triathlon was the fourth in the multisport series of races being run by Hercules Events in Partnership with Active Luton. The series has been a great success, drawing in hundreds of experienced and novice athletes from Luton and around the UK. 

Stuart Trower, Group Operations Manager at Active Luton (who stepped in as a cycle course Marshal on Sunday), said: “Whether a novice or experienced multi sport participant, the inaugural series of events has provided an opportunity for the local community and others to challenge themselves. Based at our fantastic local facilities, and taking place in beautiful surroundings, these events offer an opportunity for personal achievement, attainable by anyone with the will to achieve.”

Race Results - http://www.stuweb.co.uk/race/K7


Hats off to Audrey

At 87 years old, Hightown resident Audrey Wash still attends her weekly 50+ aerobics class at Hightown Community Arts and Sports Centre. 

The class is part of Active Luton’s ‘Me Time’ programme which encourages more women 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.

Audrey, who has a condition called macular degeneration which makes her virtually blind, takes the bus to her class each week. She has been attending exercise classes since she retired aged 65.

Helen Barnett, Chief Executive of Active Luton, said: “Audrey is one of our most remarkable and inspiring ‘Me Time’ women. There are a number of reasons why participation levels are low amongst women, but we know confidence is a barrier for many. Hopefully Audrey’s story will inspire more local women to have a go.”

 For more information about the ‘Me Time’ programme contact Active Luton on 01582 40 02 72


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