Active Luton News
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."
Multi Event Series
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.
£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.
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