What is functional fitness?

Who rarely suspects their fitness levels – until an everyday task challenges them. For example, your body copes with the pavement miles and, albeit with exertion (and first gear), you hack the menacing Suffolk hills. But you’ll be damned if your arms can carry three full loads of shopping from Tesco to the car. Enter…

Should my baby learn to swim?

You wouldn’t know it, but your baby is already a pro at swimming. Babies come armed with natural reflexes enabling them to swim instinctively – after all, they’ve already spent the last 9 months swimming around your womb. Sadly, these instincts don’t last. And while they do, your baby won’t have the strength or body…

Inaugural Bury Goes Biking event a success

The first ever closed road community cycling event for Bury St Edmunds took place on Sunday 30th September, with around 500 cyclists of all ages and abilities cycling on traffic free roads around the town centre. Participants were all provided with high-vis vests, courtesy of sponsors Ashtons Legal, and the unique event gave participants a…

West Suffolk Sports Awards 2018

The second West Suffolk Sports Awards, sponsored by Greene King, took place at Tattersalls in Newmarket on Thursday 27th September in front of almost 200 guests. The sports awards for West Suffolk were delivered by Abbeycroft Leisure on behalf of St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils, celebrating sporting heroes, volunteers, clubs, coaches, teams and individuals….

West Suffolk Sports Awards – sponsors revealed

Headline sponsor Greene King will be joined by other leading, local companies and organisations who will sponsor individual awards categories at the 2018 West Suffolk Sports Awards on 27th September. Partners supporting the event are Anglian Water, Allied Health Professionals Suffolk; Iliffe Media; KiiWii Clothing and Promotions; Music Sales Ltd; Newmarket Racecourses; New Print; Paddy and…

Tips for cycling as a family

We’re saddling up for Bury Goes Biking on September 30th and it’s safe to say, people are ‘wheelie’ excited! After all, it isn’t every day you get the chance to cycle uninhibited by traffic in and around a town centre. With just a couple of weeks to go, we got to thinking about cycling as…

Ashtons sponsors Bury Goes Biking

Ashtons Legal is pleased to announce their sponsorship of the Bury Goes Biking event taking place on 30 September 2018. The event is being made possible through a partnership between Abbeycroft Leisure, Bury St Edmunds Town Council, The Palmer Group and St Nicholas Hospice with support from St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Suffolk County Council and…

A guide to exercise on referral

For many people, exercise is the direct solution to their problems. According to the Department for Health, physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. It follows hypertension, tobacco use and high blood glucose – all of which are improved by a salutary dose of cardio. NHS guidelines recommend 150 minutes of…

People of Suffolk – is your sedentary job affecting your wellbeing?

Do you spend your 9-5 chained to your desk chair? Then you could be one of the 22.7% of Suffolk adults considered ‘inactive’. That is to say, that you spend less than 30 minutes being physically active per week. Suffolk’s figures are emblematic of a larger-scale problem across the UK, exacerbated by a sedentary office…

Bury Bulldogs Basketball Club find ‘new home’ at Skyliner Sports Centre

Skyliner Sports Centre is delighted to announce that the Bury St Edmunds Bulldogs Basketball Club has made the switch to Skyliner Sports Centre, with its Junior and Senior teams set to train and play matches on the high-quality court facilities at the new centre, based in the Moreton Hall estate. The Bury Bulldogs enjoyed their first…

Abbeycroft’s new member app is out!

Exciting times are afoot for Abbeycroft Leisure members, who can now carry their beloved gym with them everywhere they go. The Abbeycroft Leisure member app is out and available to download now. Much like our centres, our app is a great place to socialise, meet fellow fitness enthusiasts, challenge yourself and others and track your…