Active Luton News
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.”
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.
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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
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
Football tournament brings communities closer
A football tournament was held at Kenilworth Road last week as part of a project which uses sport to engage, empower and improve the lives of disadvantaged young men.
Active Luton has teamed up with a number of local organisations to deliver the project which aims to improve community integration in the Marsh Farm, Lewsey and Farley Hill areas. The tournament brought together 167 males aged 14-19 years from the three communities to build on the weekly sessions that are already taking place as part of the project.
A special workshop was held before the start of the tournament to warn the young men of the consequences of getting involved in crime and to encourage them to grasp the opportunities available to them through education.
The workshop was delivered by an ex-offender who now runs an organisation called ‘Directions’ and other partners, including TOKKO, PUKE, Brooke, the Prince’s Trust and Bedfordshire Police, were engaged with the young participants.
Helen Barnett, Chief Executive of Active Luton, said: “This project is already changing the lives of a number of disadvantaged young people in the community by positively engaging with them through sport and education. “The workshop was a real eye opener for the young people and there were some really nice moments of sportsmanship during the football tournament which shows how sport can help to bring people together.”
The project is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Sport England through their ‘Community Integration through Sport’ fund.
Young people from all three wards regularly come together to take part in activities such as football, cricket, basketball, street golf, health and fitness, swimming and more.
Active Luton is teaming up with a number of organisations to deliver this project including Luton Town Football in the Community, Luton Town FC, Beds FA, Bedfordshire Cricket, Luton Borough Council, Team Beds and Luton, Active Support, TOKKO, Street Games and Sport England.
All activities take place in a safe environment and will also include educational elements such as raising the awareness of the dangers of criminal activity.
For more information contact Matt Wells at Active Luton on 01582 400272.
Special award for saving boy’s life
Active Luton’s Jordan Batson and Tara Bonnett, whose prompt action saved a young boy’s life in December last year, received a special honour at last night’s Luton Sports Network Awards.
When 14 year-old Rahul Patel collapsed during a PE lesson at Lea Manor Recreation Centre, the onsite staff came to his rescue and alerted the emergency services. Lifeguard Jordan Batson’s immediate response was to carry out a primary assessment. It was determined that Rahul was not breathing so he quickly started applying Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Emergency services were contacted, and following an additional lifeguard assessment, an onsite defibrillator was collected.
Team Leader Tara Bonnett applied the defibrillator while Jordan continued with CPR. Both staff members continued with CPR until the paramedics arrived and took over and rushed him to hospital.
Two days later Rahul’s breathing tube was removed and he was recovering from the sedation. He was sitting up and talking the following day. He has since had an operation to insert a pacemaker. Thankfully Rahul is expected to make a full recovery which the doctors have put down to the fast and effective action of Jordon and Tara.
Jordan and Tara were presented with the awards by Rahul's parents along with other guests which included Lord Bill McKenzie, Luton's Mayor Cllr Sheila Roden, England women's football captain Casey Stoney, Luton Sports Network Chair Clive Robins and Active Luton's Graeme Kent. The awards were held at the Riverside Suite at Venue 360.
Active Luton’s Chief Executive Helen Barnett said: “We are so pleased that Rahul is expected to make a full recovery. It was such a happy moment when he and his mum visited our staff earlier this year to thank them. “While incidents like this a very rare, it does demonstrate the importance of ensuring our staff are equipped to deal with situations like this. I am honoured that Jordon and Tara have been presented with this award. It is one thing to learn something in training; but applying it in a real lift emergency situation shows real courage.”
Cllr Mohammed Ashraf, portfolio holder for sports and arts, said: "Jordon and Tara certainly deserve these awards. This real life experience demonstrates the importance of staff being trained as it ensures that users of our fantastic leisure facilities are in the best possible hands."
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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.
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