Active Luton News
£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.
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.
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.
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.
Cash boost for Luton Diving
Active Luton has been awarded a £10k grant from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) to further develop and promote diving in the region.
Diving has already seen a surge in popularity locally since the opening of the world class Inspire: Luton Sports Village last year and the new funding will ensure that this continues. The money will be used to fund a three year ‘beacon’ programme which aims to increase local participation in the sport and will offer elite coaching to the region’s best young divers.
The programme is being developed by two experienced divers, Harry Glover and David Jenkins, who have trained with and been coached by the very best in British diving. Glover and Jenkins are employed by Active Luton to develop the sport locally.
A number of dive camps and coaching sessions will be run at Inspire where locally selected young divers will benefit from experienced coaches and world class facilities. With additional coaches and expert training being offered, it is hoped that the programme will eventually lead to more people from Luton competing in international diving competitions.
Harry Glover, Diving Development Officer, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this funding and can’t wait to get everything up and running. There are a number of talented young divers here in Luton and I am confident that this programme will lead to many of them going on to achieve international success.”
Helen Barnett, Chief Executive at Active Luton, said: “I would like to thank Harry and David for all the work they have done to develop diving locally. We have had hundreds of people sign up to our diving courses in recent months and this latest funding will ensure that we can get the very best out of our most promising divers.”
Cllr Mohammed Ashraf, Portfolio Holder for sports and arts, said: “We said from the beginning that Inspire was more than just a venue that anyone can use to get active and become healthier. It is also very much about developing future sporting champions and this funding is a big step towards achieving this.”
Increasing life expectancy for women in Luton
How we can improve life expectancy for local women, which is almost two years less than the national average of 82.6 years, is a key theme in the recently published Public Health Report for 2012-13 for Luton.
Gerry Taylor, Director of Public Health for Luton, says good progress has been made in addressing health inequality issues, with a reduction in the life expectancy gap for men. She adds: “We have not been so successful with the gap for women. My aim is to look at this matter in more detail and try to determine what we need to do to tackle it.”
Riverbank Primary School to open in Luton
An area of Luton where community concerns have been mounting over lack of school places is set to benefit from a unique and exciting new primary school.
River Bank Primary School, a brand new Active Education Academy Trust Free School for boys and girls, will open in September on the site of the former Wardown Swimming and Leisure Centre in Bath Road.
The school is founded by local leisure trust Active Luton that has a team of educational and sports specialists with a proven track record in raising standards and supporting children’s social and emotional development.
River Bank Primary School will offer a broad and balanced curriculum based on the most recent and relevant research relating to primary education, with a strong emphasis on physical activity, health and wellbeing. The Bath Road site has enough space for school buildings and associated outdoor play areas and is a short walk for all pupils within the proposed catchment area. The site will be developed to include classrooms and offices, as well as indoor space for both school and community use. The reception year at River Bank will provide places for 120 pupils from September 2013, with additional year groups being added each year. The school will have the capacity to accommodate 840 pupils by 2018.
Helen Barnett, Chief Executive of Active Luton, said: “In addition to helping to alleviate the desperate shortage of school places in Luton, River Bank Primary School will be a friendly, happy school that gives children opportunities, responsibility and trust in an environment that is both stimulating and rewarding. The brand new building and state-of-the-art facilities, including a dedicated sports hall, will inspire both teachers and children to give their very best.
“We are offering something really unique that not only includes a broad and balanced curriculum, but also a focus on building children’s self-belief while improving their health and wellbeing. I would encourage any parent unsure of what primary school their child will be attending this September to get in touch.”
Further information can be found on the school website www.riverbankprimary.org
Fitness offer for Lewsey residents
Lewsey residents have been given extra motivation to get healthy this Spring thanks to a special offer for free and subsidised sports and exercise sessions.
Local sports trust Active Luton has announced that they are giving away 40 three-month gym vouchers for the £1.5million Lewsey Sports Park which offers first class fitness, squash and boxing facilities for local residents. The special offer entitles each individual to free weekly gym sessions, unlimited access to the centre, a gym induction, health and fitness guidance and a personalised programme from a Lewsey Sports Park health professional.
The 40 lucky residents will also receive a free ‘Go 4 Less’ card, a Luton Borough Council-funded scheme offering year round discounted rates at Active Luton facilities across the borough.
Funding for the project has come from the Council’s ‘Your Say, Your Way’ scheme which is all about increasing opportunities for local people to get involved in decision making.
Back in March Lewsey residents came together and voted on projects they wanted to see funded in their area, and Active Luton’s Lewsey Sports Park voucher was one of the projects agreed by the community.
Helen Barnett, Chief Executive of Active Luton, said: “Lewsey Sports Park is a fantastic sports and fitness centre in the heart of the community and is within walking distance for most people in the neighbourhood. “We are hopeful that this latest offer will encourage a number of new users who
want to improve their general health and wellbeing. The fact that Lewsey residents voted for this project at the recent decision day shows that improving health and fitness levels is a major priority for the area.”
Pam Garraway, Corporate Director for Housing and Community Living, said: “The ‘Your Say, Your Way’ programme gives residents a number of opportunities to influence local decision making. The great benefit is that the Council and taxpayers know that money is being spent where the community really needs and wants it, which in this case is improving the health and wellbeing of Lewsey residents.
“We are committed to making this happen for them so I am delighted that we can offer these vouchers to new users in the Lewsey Community.”
Vouchers are available from Lewsey Sports Park reception on a first-come-first-served basis. Residents must live in LU4 3 postcode to qualify (proof is required). The offer is aimed at new users so current members do not qualify. For more information call 01582 60 42 44.
For more information about ‘Your Say, Your Way’ project and other initiatives that have been funded in Farley and in other Luton wards, go to
Snow updateStockwood park golf course is closed due to poor weather conditions. All other centres remain open as normal.
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