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

map markerDuston Sports Centre Celebrates Its First Anniversary

The latest addition to Northampton Leisure Trust will be celebrating its first birthday on Sunday, 15 September.

The Duston Sports Centre, which is operated by Northampton Leisure Trust in partnership with Duston Parish Council, offers a state of the art gym, dance studio, four court sports hall, function room, bar and sports pitches.

Since the centre opened, residents of Duston Parish Council have been able to benefit from a half price leisure card and existing Trilogy Health & Fitness members have gained an extra leisure centre to enjoy.

Highlights of the centre’s first year includes, introduction of an under 5’s programme, opening of The Coffee Box café and the SC Lashes Hair and Beauty salon plus being a base for local sports clubs and community groups.

Ian Redfern, managing director of Northampton Leisure Trust, said: “We’ve achieved great success since opening Duston Sports centre and we have welcomed nearly 1500 new Trilogy members. The centre has had an overwhelming positive reaction from our visitors and it’s been great to welcome new and existing leisure card holders to enjoy our excellent facilities.”

Alan Earle, chair of the Duston Parish Council, said: “Duston Parish Council’s Vision is to make Duston a Great Place to Live Work and Play, and The Duston Sports Centre has become a popular part of the community and it has been fantastic to see the residents of Duston benefit from such a great facility with a strong community focus.”

Later this month, the centre will be launching its 50 Plus Day on Thursday, 19 September at 9am. Those aged 50 and over will be able to take advantage of the free trial offer and enjoy multiple activities including badminton, yoga and pilates.

The Duston Sports Centre is open Mondays to Fridays 6:45am – 10pm and Saturdays and Sundays 8am – 5pm. To find out more about the centre Click here.


map markerSynchronised Swimming Comes To Northampton

Anyone interested in trying a unique sport that requires strength, agility, control and the ability to hold your breath will have the chance to try synchronised swimming at Danes Camp Leisure Centre.

Starting this weekend, Northampton Leisure Trust’s Trilogy Swim School will be bringing synchronised swimming sessions to Northampton for the first time. There will be a demonstration of this unique sport at Mounts Baths before weekly sessions start at Danes Camp.

On Saturday 14 September, an internationally recognised judge and head coach, along with eight athletes from one of the country’s best synchronised swimming clubs will be bringing the sport to Northampton, to introduce and inspire beginners at a demonstration event at Mounts Baths. The event will start at 10.30am and run until midday, including duet and solo demonstrations, figure drills and practices followed by an opportunity to take part in a free taster session.

Spaces are limited on the free taster session, so it is important to book your place early at the Mounts. This will be an opportunity to swim with some of the best synchronised swimmers in the UK.

Then from Sunday 15 September Danes Camp will deliver Northampton’s first Synchronised Swimming lessons every week. Everyone is welcome to get active and book onto the courses running between 5.45 and 6.30pm or from 6.30 to 7.15pm every Sunday.

Barbara Brouwer, Swimming Development Co-ordinator for Northampton Leisure Trust said: “Synchronised swimming is a very strenuous and skilful sport because competitors need strength and flexibility to perform the routines, as well as rhythm and flair to synchronise and interpret the music. We’re very excited to be able to showcase these skills through the athletes from Rugby Synchronised Swimming Club and hope the taster session will inspire participation across the town. The sessions are suitable for everyone, all you need is to be a confident swimmer and the coaches will soon have you ready to perform some of the amazing techniques we have all seen on television.”

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Defibrillators Installed At Leisure Centres

Life-saving equipment has been installed in all four Northampton Leisure Trust facilities.

Brand new Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are now available at each location and could make a huge difference in saving the life of a heart attack victim. Every year in the UK there are around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac incidents. If a defibrillator is used within three-minutes then the chances of survival can be as high as 75%. And many leading groups like the British Heart Foundation are calling for defibrillators to be available at all public locations.

Every year there are up to a million visits to the four Leisure Trust centres, Danes Camp Leisure Centre, Lings Forum Leisure Centre, Mounts Baths and Duston Sports Centre. With so many people visiting each facility to take part in everything from squash to zumba, Northampton Leisure Trust is investing in looking after every visitor. Northampton Leisure Trust has extended its extensive staff first aid training programme to include use of the defibrillators. The additional training has been developed to a level that is recognised by the Health & Safety Executive, and the Trust is now accredited to offer training to others.

Ian Redfern, Managing Director of Northampton Leisure Trust said: “We attract people from within our communities with a wide spectrum of age and various levels of fitness. All the centres have a combination of appropriately and professionally trained Pool Lifeguard staff as well as professionally trained First Aid staff. Our focus is to ensure that every customers can enjoy their activities in a safe manner. “Investing in the right equipment means that if there is an emergency our staff could play a crucial role in saving a life. Thankfully these situations are very rare, but our customers can be assured they will get the best possible care quickly if something unexpected happens.”