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Jazz Sears #OurHomeGrownStars

You have to believe in what you want to achieve

"At just 16 years old I’ve held The South of England, National and British Record for Under 17s Triple Jump Indoors record for 2 years. Although I started out in sprinting and long jump; with the encouragement of my coach, Craig Andrew, and my team mates, I’ve raised the bar to new heights.

 

Jazz Sears

 

I started sprinting at school sport events and county competitions here at Stockwood Park Athletics Centre, but with Craig’s support I realised how great I am at long jump and triple jump. I saw a couple of my team members doing triple jump and at that point I thought I want to try that. Craig encouraged me to go for it and dedicated his time to train me to get to the level that I needed to be to compete.

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Stoptober, it’s like October…but without Cigarettes!

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If you can make it to 28 days smokefree, you are five times more likely to quit for good!

Many people want to quit smoking but far too many try without the right support. They then end up going straight back to smoking after a short period of time. Cold turkey is not always the best solution! Stop smoking aids and face-to-face support from local stop smoking services are proven methods of support that help many thousands of people to quit each year.  

If you are on a low income, pay for your prescriptions and are looking to stop smoking, then Total Wellbeing Luton can offer up to 4 weeks free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). It is generally advised that NRT products are an effective way of quitting smoking, and more so when used in combination with an all-day patch, together with fast-acting options such as inhalers or lozenges. These especially help when dealing with immediate cravings. Cravings during the first few weeks of quitting will tend to be the hardest – but they only tend to last a few minutes so it’s definitely good to have these on hand!

If you want to stop smoking using an e-cigarette, then we can support you with that too.

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F.I.T.T.E.R with SWIMTAG

 

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SWIMTAG gives you valuable insight into your swimming. It monitors everything from total distance swam to your total calories burnt and it’s all sorted and sent to you via email or available via the app so that you can just enjoy your swim!

So, whether you want to use it to count lengths, or find out about your stroke technique, speed or even set challenges, SWIMTAG is the perfect tracking tool allowing you to become F.I.T.T.E.R! 

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5 ways we’re getting teenagers more active

 

Do it for the gains

Cardio, fitness classes, weight training and more…ensuring you’ve got the right equipment to get active is what we do best. With the latest Functional Training equipment, Hammer Strength weight area and Life Fitness equipment you can have your pick of the bunch. You can analyse your cardio workout by downloading the LF Connect App (allowing you to bring your outdoor workouts into the gym) or manage your swim using our free SWIMTAG wristband. Both allow you to view your calories burnt, pace, distance and time.

Whatever your reason for working out, the overall benefits to your health are much more than just physical. Exercise encourages you to look at your body in a different way. Helping to boost confidence, feel more comfortable in your skin and, overall, feel more positive about yourself. 

 

Do it for the gains

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7 reasons why golf is a great way to get active!

Golf Societies Stockwood Park

 

 

1. Golf is fun for all the family

Whether it’s mini-golf, FootGolf or a round of 9 or 18 holes – Golf is a game that can be played for a lifetime by anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, size or skill level.

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Exercise doesn't have to be expensive...

Your fitness is important but there’s no need to be put off exercising because of the price tag. Active Luton offers a great range of discounted & low budget options so that you can put your health & fitness first!

 

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There’s no need to commit

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How is smoking really affecting you?

Smoking affects more than just your health; it has an impact on the health of those around you & on your bank balance! If you quit smoking today you could…

 

Save Money

Smoking is expensive and prices will continue to rise. If you're smoking 20 cigarettes a day, you’re likely to be spending about £3,500 a year, based on the average cost of £9.60 for a pack of 20 cigarettes.

 

Live a Longer, Healthier Life

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Hydra Information Update - Lea Manor Recreation Centre

Welcome to our April edition of Hydra customers information updates

The following information about Hydra courses at Lea Manor Recreation Centre. We want to ensure you are aware of any changes and important information. Including updates on the upcoming courses, 3 and 4.

All courses are continuously assessed which means that we can develop every child at their own pace. Once the teacher identifies that the standards have been met, parents/guardians will be informed to contact reception to arrange a move to the next level. Simple!

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Unfortunately rising costs of things like utilities mean that we’ve had to make a small price increase (effective from course 3) as follows:

 

  • Ducklings & Stages 1-7 new price for the 10 week block will be £51
  • Stages 8-10 new price for the 10 week block will be £61
  • Adults new price for the 10 week block will be £66

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Hydra Information Update - Inspire: Luton Sports Village

Welcome to our April edition of Hydra customers information updates

 

The following information about Hydra courses at Inspire: Luton Sports Village. We want to ensure you are aware of any changes and important information. Including updates on the upcoming courses, 3 and 4.

All courses are continuously assessed which means that we can develop every child at their own pace. Once the teacher identifies that the standards have been met, parents/guardians will be informed to contact reception to arrange a move to the next level. Simple!

News

Unfortunately rising costs of things like utilities mean that we’ve had to make a small price increase (effective from course 3) as follows:

 

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Hydra Information Update - Lewsey Sports Park & Pool

Welcome to our April edition of Hydra customers information updates

 

The following information about Hydra courses at Lewsey Sports Park & Pool. We want to ensure you are aware of any changes and important information. Including updates on the upcoming courses, 3 and 4.

All courses are continuously assessed which means that we can develop every child at their own pace. Once the teacher identifies that the standards have been met, parents/guardians will be informed to contact reception to arrange a move to the next level. Simple!

News

Unfortunately rising costs of things like utilities mean that we’ve had to make a small price increase (effective from course 3) as follows:

 

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Total Wellbeing – A Pioneering Service for Luton

At the recent launch of the new Total Wellbeing Luton service at Hightown Community centre, Active Luton’s Director of Health and Community Wellbeing, Matt Corder, invited the new staff to write on Post It notes what ‘Total Wellbeing’ meant to them.  Some of the most popular contributions are pictured below. 

 

 

Total wellbeing post it notes

 

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Jordan truly is UNSTOPABLE!


 

Back in June 2017 we learnt about Jordan’s passion for swimming in our Your Pool video.  We’re proud to announce that Jordan Quinn will be competing at The Cerebral Palsy World Games for August 2018 in Spain! The Games’ emphasis is to provide a development and learning experience to help prepare athletes for future sporting success. Jordan will be competing with athletes from all over the world in 50m & 100m front crawl freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke.

 

In preparation for this competition Jordan has been training over 10 ½ hours per week- even following a recent operation nothing could stop her from getting back in the water...

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Our Swim England Educator of the Year

Rachel Hyde

 

Congratulations to Active Luton Training Officer Rachel Hyde, who has been awarded The Swim England Educator of the Year award 2017.

 

This magnificent achievement is in recognition of her outstanding work and leadership as the Active Luton Training Officer responsible for the development and training of new swimming teachers across a range of disciplines in Luton and extending across the ASA Eastern region. This achievement is all the more amazing as Rachel has only been a tutor for three years but has nonetheless already built a reputation for her high quality delivery and expertise. Jill Catherall, Swim England Workforce Administrator commented, “Rachel is recognised for her generosity with her time and advice.  She is always seeking to expand her skill set. And is always positive and delivers to an excellent standard.”

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4 reasons why YOU NEED a gym membership

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HEALTH- exercise is the easiest pill to swallow 

 

First and foremost, working out at a gym can improve your health as well as helping you to burn fat and calories. The cardiovascular equipment available in the gym has additional health benefits to help strengthen your heart and prevent against risky medical conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure & high cholesterol. Our Health & Wellbeing rehab exercise referral sessions use these machines to help people recover from strokes, cancer treatment, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Exercise truly is the medicine of life- without the bad after taste! 

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Our Swim Champions- Huma’s story

Like Aaron, Huma began swimming as a child and has continued to do so throughout her adult life. However- it’s not swimming that she likes most about being a Swim Champion- but the opportunity to go out into the community. Luton’s vast ethnic diversity means Huma meets people from all different ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures. With her Scottish Asian background she’s at ease communicating with everyone- even speaking Urdu to those whom English is not their first language. Huma’s community outreach- and the work of all our swim champions- has helped increase the interest of swimming by 30% within the Black Asian minority ethnic (BAME) and over 60% with women in Luton! 

 

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Huma at Inspire: Luton Sports Village- Women Only swimming session

 

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Our Swim Champion- Aaron’s Story

Meet our Swim Champion Aaron. He works for Active Education as a Primary School Sports coach and is currently completing his Level 2 Fitness Instructor awards; as well as inspiring and teaching others to swim! As his mum was a keen swimmer Aaron and his brother took to the water from a very young age. He joined Luton Swimming club and has had a love for the water ever since…

 

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Aaron and fellow Swim Champion Cleo

 

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Active Luton’s Top Tips! 3 ways get active & stay active

 1. Find an activity that you enjoy & make it part of your routine

Swimming, gym, fitness classes, group or individual sporting activities- whatever gets your blood pumping and body moving! It doesn’t have to be high intensity exercise; in just 60 minutes the average person can burn up to 817 calories (fast swimming) or 572 calories (slow swimming)! Exercising and keeping active should fit into your daily routine. Don’t worry though- that doesn’t mean going to the gym everyday! In general, three to five workouts per week (or in other words, three to five hours of physical exercise) tend to produce good results. Whether that’s walking or cycling instead of driving to the shop or taking the stairs instead of the lift- it all adds up to an active, healthier you!

 

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Our Swim Champions- Sarah’s Story

Earlier this year Sport England selected Luton as one of 12 places across England for a pilot project to encourage more people to use their local swimming pools. Thanks to the National Lottery, Sport England awarded us with a grant of £292k for an intensive, one-year programme. 

 

Active Luton has embarked on an awareness raising project and centre improvements under the brand ‘Your Pool’ to encourage the people of Luton to use its swimming pools more – particularly people deemed ‘at risk’ of poor health, older people, children and young people, disabled people, women and girls and the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community. 

Although 87% of the local community (versus 69% nationally) had a positive perception of swimming in terms of health and wellbeing, only 47% were aware of the location and existence of Inspire: Luton Sports Village.  Even fewer – only 25%  knew about Lea Manor pool and only 26% about Lewsey Pool. It was time to get Luton swimming again! That’s where our Swim Champions come in.

 

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Functional Training - The New Fitness Craze: NOW at Active Luton

‘When I heard they were getting a revamp I thought it was just going to be a couple more machines, but it’s all new and it’s great’

Emma, Inspire Gym Member

 

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Neil and Emma at Inspire’s New Functional Training Zone

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