Get Active

GET ACTIVE

in and around High Town

Welcome to the Get Active In And Around High Town page. Here you will find information on local sports clubs and teams as well as places where you can access sporting facilities for free or low costs. 

GALACTICOS FC

Now in its second year in High Town and run by St Matthew’s PE Teacher, Mr Drew, this is a free community first football team where the focus is all about playing and enjoying football

No trials, no one is cut, if you want to play, you play! Made up of mostly St Matthew’s students (but open to the whole community) the team trains on Tuesday evenings and plays fixtures every Saturday

The club is open to children from Year 2 up to Year 11, and is always kept for parents, carer or older siblings to support the club in any way they can such as coaching, refereeing or arranging the refreshments. 

Location: People’s Park (but will be moving to Stockwood Park Athletics Track from November to allow them to continue training once the clocks change) 

Cost: There is a one off annual cost of £20 that covers your child’s kit and insurance, there are no further training or match fee costs. 

For more information please contact Greg Iszchak at iszchakg@surreystreetprimary.com.

GALAXY GYMNASTICS

Run by former St Matthew’s PE team member,  Jo Matthews, Galaxy Gymnastics is a hidden gem in High Town.

They offer high quality gymnastics sessions for children from three months through to adult, for both recreational and competitive gymnasts.

Sessions include: 

  • Pre-School
  • General Gymnastics
  • Artistic
  • Acrobatic Gymnastics
  • Trampolining.  

Find them at 6 Concorde Street, Luton, LU2 0JD

Telephone: 01582 454934

E-mail: enquiries@lutongymnastics.co.uk

ST MATTHEW’S BASKETBALL CLUB

Our basketball club currently takes place at High Town Sports and Arts Centre between 5 and 6pm each Thursdays.

This is a new club open to children in Years 4, 5 and 6. However, our aim is for this club to become a community session that children can continue to access after leaving St Matthew’s. 

The club is run by the St Matthew’s PE team. It is perfect for children who have a real passion or enjoyment in the sport and want to improve their skills. Like all of our clubs, the aim is for children to have fun, however this club also focuses largely on building a safe atmosphere where children will learn the importance of teamwork, problem solving, resilience and community, especially as they go on to leave St Matthew’s and begin their high school journeys. 

This club is currently full, but information will be sent out via the school’s Parent Mail app once  more spaces become available.

WARDOWN PARK RUN

Parkrun is a free weekly timed 5km running (you can walk too) event that takes place in Wardown Park every Saturday morning

If you have never attended a Parkrun before you will be blown away by the support and sense of  community.

Regardless  of whether you’re a regular runner or a complete novice, Parkrun is accessible to you. 

No one finishes last at Parkrun. There is a great group of volunteers whose job it is to be the last ones across the line each week! 

Find out more about Parkrun here, you can also join the St Matthew’s group who will be in attendance on the first Saturday of each month if you don’t feel like going on your own.

It’s worth mentioning, there is always coffee and cake available at the end of every Parkrun.

Where:  Wardown Park 

When: Every Saturday. 9am start time 

Cost: FREE (but you will need to register online and print your unique barcode in order to register your time each week. (Please call the school and ask to speak to Mr Chaplen if you need any support with this element.)

JUNIOR PARK RUN

The younger sibling of the main event on Saturday, Junior Parkrun is shorter (only 2km) and aimed at 4-14 years old. Much like the Saturday event, Junior Parkrun is all about fun, enjoying running and competing with yourself.

Children can run the marshalled route themselves or family/friends can run along with them. It is a great way to introduce children to organised running events and put what they have learnt about long distance running in PE to practice. 

Find out more about Junior Parkrun here

Where:  Wardown Park 

When: Every Sunday.  9am start time 

Cost: FREE (but you will need to  register online and print your unique barcode in order to register your time each week. (Please call the school and ask to speak to Mr Chaplen if you need any support with this element.)

WICKETZ

Wicketz is a free cricket programme aimed at young people aged 8-19.  It provides year-round weekly cricket sessions as well as workshops that teach vital life skills, break down barriers and offer a safe place to be active with friends. With the support of local and national partners the scheme helps to support children as they progress through school life and into adulthood. 

Find out more about our local Wicketz sessions here

Weekly Luton Wicketz activity takes place at the following locations:

  • Challney High School
  • Denbigh High School
  • Lutonians Cricket Club
  • Putteridge High School
  • Stockwood Park Academy, Farley Hill

For more information on Wicketz please contact Amran Malik, Luton Wicketz programme leader.

Email: amran.malik@cricketeast.co.uk

FREE Wicketz sessions take place at High Town Sports and Arts Centre every Tuesday evening between 5:00 and 6:30pm.  These sessions are free to all under 12’s.

FREE SPACES TO PLAY

TABLE TENNIS: Wardown Park has two tables that are free to use next to the new Mini-Golf course. You need to bring your own bats to use these tables but starting in November you will be able to hire these from the school each week in exchange for a £3 refundable deposit.

Find out where you can access other free tables here.

BASKETBALL – Free hoops can be found in both People’s Park and Wardown Park. Basketballs are available to hire through our new equipment lease scheme starting in November. Basketballs will be available to hire each week for a £3 refundable deposit. 

For more activities to do around basketball from home, keep an eye out for our basketball skill videos that will be realised through the St Matthew’s YouTube page after half term. 

If you know about a club we’ve missed, let us know!