Active Luton’s Impact Report for 2017/18 was published this week and highlights over half a million pounds’ investment in Luton’s leisure centres and over 1.4 million visits made. In addition the report, accompanied by a video, outlines the £292k invested in swimming – thanks to Sport England and the National Lottery – during the year.
The report also highlights the breadth of Active Luton’s work to tackle inactivity and improve opportunity across Luton through its commitment to inclusive and accessible sport and leisure facilities and access to training.
Headlines of the report include:
• £230k gym re-fit at Inspire: Luton Sports Village
• £268k spent across Lewsey Sports Park, Lea Manor Recreation Centre and Stockwood Park Athletics Centre to upgrade facilities and re-fit gyms
• Award of the new integrated wellbeing service, Total Wellbeing, healthy lifestyles services to the health and wellbeing team
• Award of the European Union Community Led Local Development Programme to improve training opportunities for unemployed people, people working less than 16 hours/week and looking to upskill or people not in education
• Launching the Your Pool brand
A key priority for Active Luton is accessibility. Over 27,500 people with a disability visited the centres during 2017/18 along with:
• 27,000 babies and children under 5 who took part in activities
• Over 15,000 children who learned to swim or dive
• Over 7,000 people who benefited from a free swim under the Your Pool programme
Helen Barnett, Chief Executive of Active Luton, commented: “Our commitment to helping support Luton enhance skills and education, improve health and wellbeing and support safe, strong and cohesive communities has never been more evident than in the hard work undertaken last year.
“From the work on the EU grant for workforce coaching and leadership, to giving out free swims and improving swimming pool environments to the growing reputation of our health and wellbeing team, our work continues to reach into Luton’s diverse and exciting communities to get them and keep them healthy through physical activity and engagement in the workplace and their communities.”
Cllr Rachel Hopkins, portfolio holder for public health, said: “Active Luton is playing a crucial role in the Luton Investment Framework - our ambitious plan to transform the town. Through their many initiatives they are targeting those in need, from young families to the elderly as well as improving our residents’ access to sports and physical activities, ultimately helping local people to live healthier lives.”