Active Luton News
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.
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.”
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