Active Luton received a national honour for the way it operates the town’s swimming facilities at the Amateur Swimming Association Awards. The trust received the silver award in the Facility Operator Of The Year category. It was assessed on the way it operates the town’s three major swimming facilities at Inspire: Luton Sports Village, Lewsey Sports Park and Lea Manor Recreation Centre. Judges were impressed on a range of criteria including participation numbers, the quality of its Learn To Swim programmes and its formal qualifications, teacher education and aquatic apprenticeships.
Helen Barnett, chief executive of Active Luton, said: “We are delighted to be recognised amongst top operators across the country and I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to Stuart, Carol and the team for the work they do to ensure Luton’s swimming programmes are excellent and accessible to all.”
“The team works so hard to ensure that Luton has the best coaches and a variety of programmes which ensure that everyone’s needs are met, whether it’s the best swimmers looking to succeed in national competitions or first timers who have never been in the water.”
Councillor Aslam Khan said: “Swimming is a fantastic activity that is not only fun but also keeps you fit and healthy. Congratulations to Active Luton for this award which recognises their ongoing commitment to supporting Luton residents to live healthier and more active lives.”
ASA Head of Learn to Swim, Jon Glenn, said: “The ASA Awards is an opportunity for us to celebrate the many successes in the community - from people making great achievements in the pool and volunteering at our events or at their local club, to our facility operators who develop the right programmes to get the nation swimming.”