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Northampton Leisure Trust Sport & Play Development Team Rated Excellent By Leading Industry Quality  Scheme 

Northampton Leisure Trust’s Sport and Play Development Team has achieved an ‘excellent’ rating in a tough assessment by Sport England’s national quality scheme, Quest.

Quest, the most recognised improvement programme within the leisure industry, has a rigorous assessment framework and is known to challenge even the very best sports development teams in the UK.

In order to achieve Quest Plus, Northampton Leisure Trust’s Sport and Play Development Team went through a challenging two-day assessment.

Ian Redfern, Managing Director, Northampton Leisure Trust said “we are very proud to be recognised as an excellent sport and play development team. This is a fantastic achievement and a real team effort. Quest is much more than a tick-box exercise; it is an ongoing programme to improve our service and service delivery and a great way to demonstrate our achievements.”

Quest’s operations director, Caroline Constantine, said: “Quest Plus is a step up from the entry level Quest and as such it is a more demanding process. By meeting Quest’s high standards for excellent sport and play development teams, Northampton Leisure Trust Sport and Play Development Team has shown its commitment to providing quality service to its community. In these challenging times it is more important than ever that local sport and play development teams can demonstrate their value, and the Quest process helps them do just that.”

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There will be a chance to sample lots of exciting Easter holiday activities as Lings Forum Leisure Centre opens its doors to showcase what will be on offer to children this Easter. With over 20 different activities under one roof, children will be able to join in with an afternoon of activities on Saturday 29 March.

Every week, across four leisure centres, Northampton Leisure Trust offers a huge range of fun sports and healthy activities for young people to get involved in. With even more organised for the Easter holidays the Leisure Trust is giving young people a chance to sample everything that will be going on with a special open day. The afternoon is open to all children under 14, there will be opportunities to try street dance, cheerleading, karate, football, arts &crafts and get up close with spiders, snakes and all things reptile to name just a few.

The session is free to Junior Active members, and just £3 to anyone else. There is no need to book, just come along on Saturday between 1pm and 6pm.

Ian Redfern, Managing Director of Northampton Leisure Trust said: “This session is a great way to find out more about the huge number of activities we are organising for the school holidays. Getting involved in sport at a young age sets the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle, gaining new skills and confidence, and most importantly learning to enjoy being active with friends. So come along to Lings Forum Leisure Centre and find out what will be happening during the Easter holidays.”

To find out more about the session or see the full list of what is going on this Easter holiday and activities organised by Northampton Leisure Trust click here.

map markerDanes Camp Gymnastics Club Celebrates March Competition Success

 

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March is proving to be a very successful month for Danes Camp gymnasts with the club celebrating medals across multiple competitions.

The Northamptonshire Amateur Gymnastics Association Floor and Vault County Competition took place on 2 March resulting in medals in every age group and four county champions for Danes Camp. This weekend saw girls from the club competing in the East Midlands Regional Grades and walking away with silver and bronze medals in their age groups.  In addition some of the younger girls competed in the General Floor and Vault Competition in Chesterfield with two age group fourth places out of 30 competitors.

 

 

“I’m very proud of the girls and the way they have competed over the past couple of weeks”, commented Sharon Green, Danes Camp Gymnastics Club Head Coach. “For some of the girls these have been their first competitions and they have really held it together. We are lucky to have such a happy club, fantastically supportive parents and girls who really support each other all of the time.”

About Danes Camp Gymnastics Club

Danes Camp Gymnastics Club was formed in 2006 and has 230 recreational gymnasts, including preschool classes and a teen gym group. The club has an elite squad of 10 gymnasts and a general advanced girls group of 45.

The club follows the British Amateur Gymnastics Awards and Gradings and competes in a range of local, county and regional competitions throughout the year. To find out more contact Danes Camp Leisure Centre on 01604 837200.

 

map markerNorthampton Prepares To Get Fit With High Intensity Interval Training
Northampton Leisure Trust is encouraging fitness fanatics and those who made New Year promises to improve their fitness, to take part in high intensity exercise classes.

The GRIT Series is set to launch at Danes Camp Leisure Centre on Monday 27 January and contains three unique exercise programmes lasting 30 minutes each. The programmes are designed for today’s need for speed and quick results, and include:

  • GRIT Strength - builds strength and muscle by working all the major muscle groups, leaving them shaped and toned.
  • GRIT Plyo - builds a powerful, agile, athletic body and is based on the principles of plyometrics, designed to build power, increase speed and leg strength.
  • GRIT Cardio - burns fat and rapidly improves athletic capability; this session combines high-impact body weight exercise with an explosive workout.

The sessions are free to Trilogy Supergold Members, £4.85 for Leisure card holders and £5.95 for non-members. However, the classes are advanced and may not be suitable for total fitness beginners.

Stella Barker, Health & Fitness Development Officer at Northampton Leisure Trust, said: “People are always on the lookout for exercises that give fast results and the GRIT high intensity interval training is big news as it delivers accelerated fat burning benefits. We limit our class sizes to just 14 people to ensure we develop a team training feel to the class and encourage everyone to work hard and support one another. And for anyone who would like to try a class before the series launches later this month, can take part in one of our GRIT taster sessions.”

The taster sessions are currently taking place at Danes Camp Leisure Centre and are being run on Fridays at 5.30pm and 6pm and Sundays at 8am and 8.30am.

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map markerNorthampton Leisure Trust Wins Northamptonshire Business Excellence Award In Only Third Year of Trading

Unity Leisure trading as Northampton Leisure Trust was delighted to be awarded Enterprising Organisation of the Year 2013 at the Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards held at the Daventry Court Hotel in December.


The award was open to organisations which embraced an enterprising culture and could demonstrate success through their positive attitude towards enterprise, such as partnerships that transform localities through enterprise and impact on local demographics.


The judges commented that they were impressed by Northampton Leisure Trust’s innovation and despite working in some of the most deprived areas of Northampton it has been able to deliver varied programmes for young and old alike. They also remarked that as a charity and young company Unity Leisure trading as Northampton Leisure Trust does seem to be going places.


“Northampton Leisure Trust is in its third year of trading and during this time our performance has out-stripped all expectations and has posted surpluses for re-investment that many similar Trusts envy”, commented Ian Redfern, Managing Director, Northampton Leisure Trust. “We are proud of our positive impact on participation, deprived communities, a wide spectrum of age groups, volunteers and employment opportunities that we have created in such a short space of time.”

map markerNorthampton Leisure Trust Achieves One Million Customer Visits Per Year

Northampton Leisure Trust continues to celebrate its success in achieving one million customer visits per year across its four centres.

Since its formation in April 2011 Northampton Leisure Trust has gone from strength to strength and boasts:

  • The number of students enrolled in its Trilogy Swim School has increased by 56%
  • Junior Active memberships driving growth in swim school numbers, with 85% of its Junior Active members enrolled in its swim school
  • 40% increase in the number of members of its Trilogy gyms
  • Forum cinema visits reaching over 33,000 every year

“Our vision is to be a highly regarded and innovative trust, that provides high quality facilities and activities that assist in increasing participation and are accessible for all”, commented Ian Redfern, Managing Director Northampton Leisure Trust. “The fact that we’ve had one million customer visits in our centres helps to support this vision and instils confidence that we’re heading in the right direction.”

 
map markerFeel Inspired To Try Something New In Half-Term.

There will be a chance to get a sneak peek of all the exciting half-term activities as Lings Forum Leisure Centre opens its doors to children of all ages to showcase what will be on offer during the school holidays.

Every week, across four leisure centres, Northampton Leisure Trust offers a huge range of fun sports and healthy activities for young people to get involved in. With even more organised for half-term week the Leisure Trust is giving young people a chance to sample everything that will be going on with two special sessions.

Children (under 14s) will be able to join in with an afternoon of activities on Saturday 19 October. There will be opportunities to try street dance, cheerleading, boxing, judo, football, computer gaming on a cinema screen and our roller disco to name just a few.

Sessions are free to Junior Direct Debit members, and just £3 to anyone else. There is no need to book, just come along on Saturday between 1pm and 6pm.

Ian Redfern, Managing Director of Northampton Leisure Trust said: “This session is a great way to find out more about the huge number of activities we are organising for the school holidays.

“Getting involved in sport at a young age can have any number of benefits in future life. It is setting the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle, gaining new skills and confidence, and most importantly learning to enjoy being active with friends. So come along to Lings Forum Leisure Centre and find out what will be happening during half-term.”

map markerGetting Active Early

This month parents and pre-schoolers can find out what activities are available on their doorstep to get a healthy head start in life at a free morning of activities and fun at Lings Forum Leisure Centre.

On Tuesday 22 October ‘Roary the Lion’ will be showing under 5s (and parents too) what his Cubz get up to with a free morning of fun. Every week Northampton Leisure Trust runs a range of activities designed to give toddlers and pre-schoolers the best possible start in life.

The event is being held at Lings Forum Leisure Centre and youngsters will get a chance to see the Soccer Cubz (football), Rugby Cubz (rugby), Boogie Cubz (Dance), Jumpin’ Cubz (trampolining) and Gym Cubz (gymnastics) in action as well as try out the Soft Zone (soft play) and enjoy a mums and tots session in the pool.

Ian Redfern, Managing Director of Northampton Leisure Trust said: “Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. We offer a fun and safe environment for youngsters to enjoy, explore, socialise and learn with new things to do and get involved in every week. It is also a good place for parents to meet other parents.

“So I would encourage parents and little ones to come along to Lings Forum Leisure Centre and find out what we offer.”

The open morning is completely free and runs from 10am-1pm at Lings Forum Leisure Centre. There is no need to book, so come along and see what we have to offer. For more information please contact the Sport and Play Development Team 01604 838036.

To see what else is on offer for parents and pre-schoolers at Northampton Leisure Trust’s four leisure centres Click here