map markerNorthampton Leisure Trust To Manage Cripps Recreation Centre



Northampton Leisure Trust (NLT) and Northampton General Hospital have today announced a new partnership to deliver health and leisure services at the hospital’s on-site recreation centre.

NLT will take over the management of Cripps Recreation Centre located within the grounds of Northampton General Hospital from 1 April 2015. The contract will see NLT operate and manage Cripps alongside its four other leisure facilities across Northampton under the Trilogy brand.

NLT will introduce a business model that will support the financial stability of Cripps ensuring that it remains open for members, offering NGH employees, current members and the wider community of Northampton affordable quality leisure services.

Ian Redfern, Managing Director, Northampton Leisure Trust comments “Inspiring Active Lifestyles is what we do. As a Trilogy facility Cripps will deliver great customer service, clean and fresh facilities with modern new equipment and a comprehensive programme of new activities at an affordable price. In addition the Cripps contract fits with our objective of developing and expanding NLT and its activities.”

Charles Abolins, NGH Director of Facilities and Capital Development, said: “We recognise our responsibility to encourage and promote the health and wellbeing agenda not just in the context of our patients – and indeed helping to prevent people becoming patients in the first place - but also as one of Northampton’s largest employers.

“We simply have not been in a position to invest in the centre to the extent that we would have liked but by bringing in NLT’s expertise, we can secure its future and ensure that our staff have access to enhanced facilities and services.”

NLT will be carrying out some improvement works to provide a more modern, customer friendly gym featuring the latest equipment and a programme of classes including swimming lessons. Further details including virtual plans can be found here.


map markerInspiring Kids To Get Active This Easter Holiday



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 21 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 basketball, cheerleading, karate, football, arts & crafts as well as enjoy some tricks from Magic Dave!

The session is free to Trilogy Junior Active members, and just £3 to anyone else. There is no need to book, just come along on Saturday between 1pm and 5pm.

Ian Redfern, Managing Director of Northampton Leisure Trust said: “We offer a huge range of fun sports and healthy activities for young people to get involved in across our four leisure centres and community venues across Northampton.  The Family Funday is a great way to find out more about the huge number of activities we are organising for the school 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 markerNorthampton Leisure Trust's Sport, Play & Health Development Team wins top award from leading quality scheme


Quest201415Northampton Leisure Trust’s (NLT) Sport, Play & Health Development team has received a prestigious award from Sport England’s leading national quality scheme, QUEST.

The team was named Second Highest Scoring Sports Development Team 2014 at this year’s QUEST Awards, presented at the QUEST & NBS Conference in Loughborough on 26 February.




QUEST is the best-known improvement programme within the leisure industry and its rigorous assessments challenge even the very best sports development teams in the UK.

To win the award, NLT performed better overall than all but one of the other sports development teams that received QUEST Plus accreditation last year. In order to achieve QUEST Plus, NLT went through a two-year process, with a two-day assessment in year one and a one-day review in year two.

Ian Redfern, Managing Director at Northampton Leisure Trust said: “We are very proud to receive this award. QUEST is a very demanding process so to be recognised as a top-scoring sports development team is a fantastic achievement, and really reflects the hard work of our whole team to continually improve the service we offer.”

Quest’s operations director, Caroline Constantine, said: ”Congratulations to NLT’s Sport, Play & Health Development team. Being recognised as one of the highest-scoring sports development teams to go through QUEST is an extremely impressive achievement, which amply demonstrates the team’s commitment to providing quality service to its customers.”