map markerNLT wins prestigious industry gong at ukactive Awards in Manchester 

Northampton Leisure Trust took home the ukactive Kids Award at the inaugural ukactive Awards, celebrating the organisation’s leading Britain’s emerging physical activity movement.

Stars from across the UK arrived in Manchester last Thursday for a glittering ceremony to celebrate a vast range of organisations and individuals.

More than 800 guests saw star hosts Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Greg Whyte present the award for ukactive Kids to Northampton Leisure Trust, a recognition of their outstanding work. 

The first ukactive Awards – an evolution of the traditional Flame Awards – introduced a wider array of categories to better celebrate the range of leaders getting more people active.

Each of the award finalists underwent a rigorous independent assessment process designed to select the best in each category from hundreds of entrants, as well as to provide priceless feedback about how to share success stories.

Several stages of evaluation took place, including customer insight surveys, mystery calls, visits and a ‘Judges’ House’ assessment day at WeWork London.

ukactive Chair Tanni Grey-Thompson said: “It was a privilege to co-host the first ukactive Awards in their new format and the competition was particularly fierce this year. 

“It was incredible to listen to the stories from our finalists – their passion for physical activity is clearly evident. I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those doing more to get more people active – you really are leading this movement.” 

ukactive CEO Steven Ward said: “Given the growing contribution of physical activity in all aspects of society, it seemed only fitting that we expanded the ukactive Awards to recognise the full breadth of our movement to create an active nation.

“Huge congratulations to Northampton Leisure Trust, who have been making such strides to get more people, more active, more often.”

Northampton Leisure Trust’s Managing Director Ian Redfern said: “We are delighted to have won such a prestigious award. Our Junior Active membership provides the young people of Northampton with a huge range of physical activities to get involved with at a very affordable price. We are 100% committed to helping young people across the town become more active more often and are extremely proud that this has been recognised at a national level.”

For more information on any of the new award categories above – visit





map markerFREE Family Fun At Duston Sports Centre This Weekend

 Duston Parish Council is delighted to be hosting this year’s Fun Day at Duston Sports Centre on Saturday 8 July from 11am-4pm.

Organised by Duston Parish Council in partnership with Northampton Leisure Trust, the event promises an exciting day out for all the family.

A wide range of FREE sports tasters, kids play and craft activities will be on offer as well as live music and circus entertainment.  There will be a small charge for inflatables. A giant marquee will host a fantastic range of stalls including local makers and artists with live craft demonstrations throughout the day. Local community groups will also be fundraising and people are invited to meet Duston Parish Councillors, Staff and Youth Inspired to learn more about what they do. Picnics are welcome or there will be BBQ food, Cream Teas and refreshments will be available to buy.

Duston Parish Council warmly welcomes all local residents and their families to come along and enjoy a great day.

For more information about the event please click here or contact Duston Parish Council on 01604 583626 (option 2) or click here.





map markerChristmas Comes Early At Berzerk With 6000 Sq Ft Extension

Northampton Leisure Trust (NLT) has completed a 6000sq ft extension of its children’s activity centre Berzerk just in time for Christmas. The extension includes an air bouncer, go karts, climbing frames, revamped area for children under 3, additional seating area and snack counter.

The new extension will open to the public on 16 December with a Christmas party featuring a Santa’s Grotto and appearances from the cast of Snow White currently showing at The Deco Theatre.


Georgie Burke, Area Manager for NLT comments “The idea behind the extension was to bring the outdoors inside. We’re really excited to be able to have Northampton’s only indoor air bouncer at Berzerk for children to enjoy; it’s just like jumping on a bed! We have climbing frames to suit all ages under 10 and plenty of new soft play equipment and playhouses in our area for under 3s. We’re encouraging families to come along to our Christmas party on 16 December and see the improvements we’ve made, pay Santa a visit and enjoy a free mince pie for mums and dads!”

Full details of the Berzerk Christmas party including times and entry fees can be found here.






map markerOne Million Strong Workout To Mark Fitness Industry Phenomenon



One million exercise fans are expected to take part in the world’s biggest workout on 14 January 2017 to celebrate the 100th release of BODYPUMP™. Northampton Leisure Trust will be making sure Northampton is part of the event with an afternoon of FREE classes at its Trilogy gym at Danes Camp Leisure Centre.






Using light to moderate weights with lots of repetition, BODYPUMP is a total body workout created by global fitness pioneers Les Mills. In partnership with Reebok, Les Mills is working with thousands of fitness clubs around the world in an attempt to create the world’s biggest workout.

Les Mills International CEO and BODYPUMP originator Phillip Mills says thousands of certified instructors will be running workouts all day long, all over the world in a coordinated global launch for BODYMPUMP100.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate with everyone who loves BODYPUMP,” says Mills. “It’s an incredible milestone, and a lot of people have worked very hard over the years to make this possible.”

Stella Barker, Fitness Development Officer at Northampton Leisure Trust comments, “We’re really excited for Trilogy to be part of the world’s biggest workout this Saturday and are encouraging the people of Northampton to book a space and join us for an afternoon of FREE classes. As well as BODYPUMP we will be running taster sessions in body attack, body combat and GRIT. We are also proud to be supporting the Les Mills Fund For Children on the day with collection buckets. Its mission is to create a healthier and fitter planet and ensure as many children as possible get the opportunity to grow up healthy, fit and most importantly; happy.” 

The Trilogy BODYPUMP100 event opens at 12.45pm this Saturday at Danes Camp Leisure Centre and places can be booked by calling 01604 838333. There are six different classes taking place throughout the afternoon, a full timetable for the day can be found here




map markerInternational Athletes Triumph at Northampton Sports Awards 2016


YoungSportswoman Winner EllieRobinsonNorthampton Leisure Trust hosted its 9th annual Sports Awards on 20 October in partnership with Northampton Borough Council to celebrate the achievements of everyone involved in local sport from grassroots to international success. Winners included Paralympic Gold Medallist Eleanor Robinson from Northampton Swimming Club and British Boxing team member Chantelle Cameron from Far Cotton Boxing Club.




The evening was hosted by Lennie Newman from BBC Radio Northampton at The Guildhall and also included a Q&A session with David Buchanan from Northampton Town Football Club. With close to 100 nominations across the categories, the standard of nominations continues to grow each year along with the number of different sports represented.

Harvey Morgan, Senior Sport and Health Development Officer at Northampton Leisure Trust said,

“The event was a real success and a great way of recognising and rewarding Northampton’s sports clubs, performers, coaches, volunteers and schools. We would like to say a huge thank you to our generous sponsors without whom the event wouldn’t be possible and wish our award winners every success at the county awards in November.”

Northampton Leisure Trust will be opening nominations for the 2017 awards on January 1st 2017. Nominations can be made at any time during the year here.



Full List of Awards:

Young Sportswoman of the Year
(Sponsored by Northamptonshire Sport)
Winner: Eleanor Robinson (N’pton Swimming Club)
Runners up: Emily Williams (Northampton School for Girls/Kettering Town Harriers) & Rosie Foden (N’pton Swimming Club)

Young Sportsman of the Year
(Sponsored by Knight, Kavanagh and Page)
Winner: Eithan James (Kings Heath Boxing Club)
Runners up: Leo Barker (GKR Karate) & Tom Symons (Pro Martial Arts)

Young Leader of the Year
(Sponsored by Healthwatch Northamptonshire)
Winner: Abbie Thompson (Lings Primary School)

Primary Sports School of the Year
(Sponsored by Friday Legal)
Winner: Weston Favell CE Primary School
Runners up: Boothville Primary School & Blackthorn Academy

Secondary Sports School of the Year
(Sponsored by MacIntyre Hudson)
Winner: Northampton School for Boys
Runner up: Malcolm Arnold Academy

Get Active 2016 Award
(Sponsored by Northampton Borough Council)
Winner: David Smith
Runners up: Monica Darby & Jack Cobley

Community Club of the Year
(Sponsored by Travis Perkins)
Winner: Northampton ON Chenecks FC
Runners up: Northampton Basketball Club & Northampton Swimming Club

Team of the Year
(Sponsored by Cybex)
Winner: Northampton Express Fours
Runners up: Northampton Demons ARLFC & UON Hockey 1st Team

Coach of the Year
(Sponsored by University of Northampton)
Winner: Arthur Daly (Kings Heath Boxing Club)
Runners up: Stuart Seery (Northampton Parks Tennis) & Tony Warren (Northampton Express Bowls Club)

Volunteer of the Year
(Sponsored by Nottingham Community Housing Association)
Winner: Walter Merino (N’pton Judo Club)
Runners up: Adrian Wake (N’pton Coys Touch Rugby) & Robery White (N’pton Express bowls Club)

Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year
(Sponsored by David Smith Associates)
Winner: Eleanor Robinson (N’pton Swimming Club)
Runners up: Claire Stancliffe (N’pton Town FC) & Maisie Summers-Newton (N’pton Swimming Club)

Local Sportswoman of the Year
(Sponsored by BBC Radio Northampton)
Winner: Chantelle Cameron (Far Cotton Boxing Club)
Runners up: Susan Corless (N’pton Archery Club) & Sofia Jankiewicz (British Dressage)

Local Sportsman of the Year
(Sponsored by Northampton Magazines)
Winner: Christopher Willies
Runners up: Carl Fail (Far Cotton Boxing Club) & Voctor Oyesola (UON Athletics Club)

Long Time Contribution to Sport
(Sponsored by Speedo)
Winner: Grahame Yates (Basketball)
Runners up: Brian Juffkins (Rugby) & Jane Pell (Gymnastics)