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October 2018

National Sports Centres leading the way on mental health awareness

Four National Sports Centres: Bisham Abbey, Lilleshall, Stoke Mandeville Stadium and the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont Country Park are coming together to launch the Heads Up campaign, whose aim is to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing among staff at the facilities.

The centres, all operated by Serco Leisure, have already put 32 key senior staff members through Mental Health First Aid Training, a course which teaches participants how to identify and support individuals who may be experiencing mental health issues, by signposting them towards the appropriate employee resource.  As part of Heads Up, this nationally-recognised course will be offered to front of house staff, arming those team members with the skills needed to be the first line of support for colleagues experiencing mental health issues.

Steven Shuttlewood, Sports Development Manager and Heads Up lead for the National Centres said:

“Heads Up is our way of recognising that we can all do more to promote awareness of mental health issues.

“We want to use sport and activity as a route to better mental health, so staff are encouraged to take part in the regular sport and social activities we run at the sites. We’re always looking to add more, and mix the variety so people not into sports have options, like our regular Midday Mile lunchtime walks at Lilleshall.

“This isn’t just about staff though. A great example of the way we’ve engaged with users of our facilities this year were the Football in Mind tournaments we hosted at Lilleshall. These were for people using the sport as a route to recovery, or to maintain their mental health. The tournaments were a huge success with over 180 people taking part and many more turning up to show support.

“So many of us work in busy, deadline driven environments, but it’s vital we all take time to think about the people we work for and alongside, and think about our own mental health.”

Charles Johnston, Sport England’s Property Director, said: “The Heads Up campaign and the skills that it will equip people with are a welcome addition to the work that already takes place to ensure the wellbeing of colleagues. It has been proven that sport and activity can be hugely beneficial to people who may have mental health problems.  Sport England is delighted to see the Heads Up Campaign being extended to the leisure sector.”

Heads Up aims to actively tackle discrimination on the grounds of mental health to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Using the power of sport and recreation to promote wellbeing, with a special focus on encouraging physical activity and social interaction for their contribution to good mental health.

Steven and his team will be regularly monitoring the range of activities on offer and focusing on the needs of staff, allowing them to take positive action on their own mental health issues.

Each month, the teams will be celebrating and sharing information about what’s happening at part of the campaign, with #MoreHeadsUp introduced to tie everything together under one umbrella.

Gymnastics camp Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October

Unfortunately we are unable to honour the booking made by UK Gymnastics at Lilleshall National Sports Centre for Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October, as they are not affiliated to the National Governing Body for the sport, British Gymnastics, who are a longstanding tenant at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

We apologise for this matter not being addressed at the time the booking was made. UK Gymnastics were notified of the cancellation at 10.30am on Thursday 18th October. The following day an alternative venue was offered to minimise the impact on the children due to attend the camp. The alternative venue has been offered for the original dates of the camp. If that is no longer suitable, the alternative venue can be used on other dates.

If parents have incurred any costs such as hotels, associated to the camp at Lilleshall which cannot be refunded, we will be happy to compensate for these. Please forward details to Laurie.jamie@serco.com with a copy of the reservation and the reservation’s cancellation policy.

We have also offered to support UK Gymnastics with any costs of the alternative venue, and will be refunding UK Gymnastics all money already paid.


January 2018


National Sports Centres to introduce Mental Health First Aid training

National Centres Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre and Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre are supporting mental health awareness by for the first time introducing ‘Mental Health First Aid’ training for managers and front line staff.

Using well-established training provider Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA), the National Centres will be offering the organisation’s ‘First Responder’ and ‘Champions’ courses to duty, operations, general and team managers, as well as safeguarding leads at each of the three elite training centres.

The Mental Health First Aid courses are designed to arm participants with the skills and knowledge required to deal with key mental health issues in the workplace, aiming to:

  • Give a deeper understanding of common issues that impact on people’s mental health
  • Teach practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot signs and symptoms, and guide people towards appropriate support
  • Reduce stigma around the issue and boost confidence in dealing with the subject
  • Encourage people to start a conversation with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue
  • Promote early intervention, which in turn enables recovery

Steve Nelson, Serco Partnership Director for the National Centres, said:

“As a society, we’re definitely getting better at talking about mental health, but there is still a long way to go, so we wanted to build our people’s skills and understanding in this important area. As part of our ongoing work with Sport England we are committed to supporting them in their key objective to promote mental wellbeing, and this is just one of the steps we are taking to embed this into our culture to support our employees, and the athletes that train at the centres. There should never be a stigma around mental health, and our aim is to make talking about it as natural as discussing any common physical health issue.”

Jaan Madan, Head of the Client Experience Team, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, said:

“It goes without saying that leisure operators recognise the importance of physical health. By providing Mental Health First Aid training and advocating for others to do the same, they are now underlining their commitment to supporting mental health as well. The training we deliver empowers individuals not only to support their own mental health but also to recognise signs and symptoms of mental ill health in others and guide them to further support, be that self-help or professional services. The sporting world is increasingly engaging with the mental health agenda, and it’s wonderful to see organisations like Serco leading the way in this sector.”

Charles Johnston, Property Director for Sport England, said:

“Sport England are delighted that the National Centres have teamed up with Mental Health First Aid to champion raising awareness and support for people at the National Sports Centres who may have mental health issues. Mental wellbeing is a key area of work for Sport England and we are proud that our centres are leading the way in giving people the tools to keep themselves and their colleagues healthy.”

November 2017

New Sports Sessions Launched

Improve your fitness and have fun with our new O2 Touch Rugby sessions! Suitable for anyone over the age of 16, Touch Rugby or TOUCH, as it is known, is a minimal contact sport, which emphasises running, agility and ball handling skills such as passing and catching.

A similar game to rugby, just without the tackling, scrumming, kicking and the like, the aim of the game is to score tries. Played on a flat surface, half the size of a conventional sports field, Touch rugby is “The Game taking the World by Storm”.

No previous experience needed!

Quick Sticks Hockey

An introductory game of hockey for 7-9 year olds, Quick Sticks is a 7 week course designed to introduce young people to the game of hockey. It is 4-a-side, can be played on any surface, and uses a larger, lighter and safer ball. It is a fun, fast, safe and exciting game that has been designed so that anyone can play, regardless of previous hockey experience.

Price: £30 for 7 weeks

Time: 10:00-10:45

Location: Lilleshall Hockey Pitch


In2Hockey is an introductory and development game of hockey for 10-12 year olds. Following on from hockey’s introductory 4-a-side game Quick Sticks, it can be played as a 7-a-side game with goalkeepers, or introduced as a 6-a-side game without goalkeepers.

Every Monday from 6.30pm – 7.30pm

On the Multi-Astro Pitch

Turn up and play

£3 per session (First Session is Free)

Women & Men (16 yrs+)

Mixed Abilities

Beginners welcome

To book call us on 01952 603003

January 2017

We would like to inform customers that work is underway to preserve and restore the roof and stone work on the main house and Ford Hall.  As such, scaffolding will be in place around these areas until the end of January and the front entrance to the main house will not be in use. Access to the main house will temporarily be through the side entrance or via the rear of the dining room. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.


December 2016

On 12th December we hosted an event to welcome home and celebrate the Rio Olympic and Paralympic medal winners and athletes who train and are based at Lilleshall.

In total, four Olympic and Paralympic sports and 11 Olympic medallists (who won a total of 13 medals at Rio 2016) are involved at Lilleshall including the history making British Gymnastics and Paralympic Archers.

Rio athletes who attended the celebration, and unveiling of Rio medal ‘Wall of Fame’, included:  Gymnasts Kristian Thomas, Silver medallist Bryony Page, Bronze medallist and Team GB’s youngest member, Amy Tinkler, Para-Archers John Walker (double gold medal winner), Jodie Grinham (Silver medal winner), Dave Phillips, Mikey Hall and John Cavanagh and Olympic Archer Patrick Huston.

Also attending or speaking at the event were: Lynne Fowler, Mayor of Newport; Charles Johnston, Property Director at Sport England; and David Tillotson, Performance Director of Archery GB.  Year 6 children from Lilleshall Primary School also attended the event and enjoyed meeting the athletes.

Lilleshall goes to great lengths to support GB’s Olympic and Paralympic teams, for example, the centre has invested to make the site more accessible and the environment more amenable to para-athletes.  The centre also installed a podium to replicate the environment that the trampolinists would be competing in at Rio.  The Centre is now looking forward to do the same in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

Bryony Page, Trampoline Silver Medalist said:

“It’s great to that the profiles of gymnastics, trampolining and archery have all been raised following the success at Rio which could not have been achieved without all of the support that we receive at Lilleshall from UK Sport, Sport England, all of the staff that work here, Serco, EIS, British Gymnastics and Archery GB.  We couldn’t have done it without this.”

Charles Johnston, Director of Property at Sport England, said:

“We are delighted to welcome our athletes home and to congratulate them on their phenomenal results in Rio.  Working in partnership with UK Sport, the National Governing Bodies, Serco, and thanks to National Lottery funding it ensured that our teams had the best possible chance of success.   I would also like to pay tribute to the wider Lilleshall community for their continued support.  Lilleshall is a facility which is the envy of the sporting world, and together we have much to be proud of. 

We will continue to invest in the site both for athletes in their journey to Tokyo 2020 and also for the local community, who don’t realise that they have such world class facilities on their doorstep which they can access.”

Lynne Fowler, Mayor of Newport, said:

“Newport Town Council will be seeking to forge closer ties with Lilleshall, the elite athletes who train here and the available facilities to the public, as we know we have a hidden gem on our doorstep.  Working in partnership, we hope to encourage many more community users to access the wonderful facilities at Lilleshall whilst at the same time increasing numbers to our town.”

David Tillotson, Performance Director of Archery GB, said:

‘There has been a tremendous achievement of the athletes from this site; 13 medals, two double gold winning medallists, two of Team GB’s youngest medallists and a historic podium 1-2-3.  Developments across the site have been enormous, providing world-class training facilities, but also in the office and leisure facilities and it is fantastic to hear that investment will continue in the Centre.’

Steve Nelson, Serco’s Director for Lilleshall said:

“Serco is truly honoured to have the responsibility of managing the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall and providing the important services that support so many Olympic, Paralympic and other athletes. We look forward to working with the athletes, Sport England, UK Sport and the EIS to continue to improve the facilities and services provided, to support all our athletes toward further and future success.’


October 2016

Lilleshall Clinic Undergo Refreshing Rebrand

Lilleshall Clinic have recently undergone a refreshing rebrand, with an exciting new look and a new and improved website positioning themselves as an inclusive service for both the public and professional users.

With expertise in physiotherapy, massage, podiatry, sports medicine and rehabilitation they are able to offer bespoke treatments suited to the patient’s need and are able to provide ultrasounds and injections on site should they be required. 

Serving the communities of Telford, Wrekin, Shifnal, Shrewsbury, Newport, Wolverhampton and Shropshire, they have developed a truly enviable reputation for kind, personal, professional, and most of all, effective treatments, which are affordable and accessible.

They have expertise across a full range of injuries and conditions from long-term, recurrent, and serious injuries, to more general aches, pains, and niggles, taking the time to fully identify and then remedy the cause of your pain, rather than simply focusing on your symptoms.

Call the Clinic directly on 01952 605 828 or pop in to see them to find out more.



October 2016

National Championships and County Selection for Lilleshall Hall Bowls Club’s Sheila Simcoe

The club is proud to announce that it’s Ladies’ Captain, Sheila Simcoe, played  in the National Championships at Leamington in the Champion of Champions Ladies Singles competition.  To qualify for this event she had won all six of her matches, beating the champions from six clubs from the combined  Glos, Hereford and Worcestershire areas.  Sheila received a bye in the first round and then played Joan Boon of Droiwch Spa, 21 shots to 12.  Her next match was against Stephanie Greenwell of Hewell and Sheila beat her 21 shots to 17.  Rita Amplett of Barbourne conceded her match so Sheila went on to pay Lesley Wood of Pershore, beating her 21 shots to 13.  The final match in the sequence was against Val Molton of Kingswood & Hanham – the match was played on a neutral green at Tewkesbury and Sheila was victorious, 21 shots to 10.  On Wednesday 10th August Sheila Simcoe played Caroline Campion of Banbury Central at Leamington.  Sadly Sheila lost this match, 21 shots to 16.

Sheila was also been selected to play for Worcestershire Bowling Association in both friendly county matches, league matches during the sesason and also in the highly prestigious Johns Competition.  Worcestershire play in the West B area and won all of its matches against Dorset, Hereford, Devon and Wiltshire, Sheila playing in all of these matches.  Worcestershire therefore won their league with a total of 76 points to second place Devon’s total of 59 points.  They went forward to the next stage of the competition and played Somerset, winner of West A area.  They beat Somerset, 135 shots to 111 and played Lincolnshire in the semi final on 6th August, at Leamington.  This is the first time that Worcestershire Bowling Association has reached this stage of the competition. 

The format for the match on 6th August was as follows:- the teams have 24 players each, 4 players in each rink, and 6 games are played simultaneously on the same green, 21 ends being played.  The scores from all six rinks are added together to determine the winner.  Over the course of the match a total of 126 ends (21 x 6) are played and 2016 woods are delivered by the players.  In the early stages of the match Worcestershire were behind and throughout the play the scoring remained tight. With 27 ends to go Worcestershire was ahead by just 5 shots but at 21 ends Lincolnshire were ahead by 2 shots.  Lincolnshire were able to extend their lead slightly over the next few ends to increase their advantage to 6 shots with 8 ends to go.  Worcestershire determinedly fought back and the outcome of the match was determined by the last 2 bowls bowled in the contest.  Lincolnshire ran out winners by just 2 shots to the great disappointment of all the Worcestershire team and their watching supporters.  Lincolnshire then went on to play Kent in the final of the competition, beating them by  212 shots to 116.

Sheila Simcoe of Lilleshall played with Lynne Ashby of Broadway, Carole Goodyear of St Dunstans and Sue Davies of Broadway.  Their rink beat their opponents, 18 shots to 14.



September 2016

Unprecedented Success for our Athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Wow what an incredible Olympic and Paralympic Games it was and as a site we played a HUGE part in the success of Team GB and Paralympics GB.

At the Olympics, British Gymnasts made history, winning seven medals; 2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze, in what is British Gymnastics and Team GB’s most successful Olympics ever. 

Max Whitlock became a dual Olympic Champion and history maker on his signature events floor and pommel and scored a bronze medal, GB’s first medal in this final in 108 years, in one of the highest standard all-around events in Olympic history.  He now has a total of five Olympic medals (two in London and three in Rio), making him the most decorated Olympic gymnast in British history. 

Louis Smith pushed Max all the way for a piece of history for himself with his silver medal on pommel giving him four Olympic medals in three consecutive Olympic Games.

Bryony Page bounced her way into the history books by winning Great Britain's first Olympic trampoline medal. 

On the final day of the Artistic competition, Amy Tinkler, Team GB’s youngest member won bronze and GB’s first ever floor medal.  She joins gymnastics legend Beth Tweddle MBE to become the only other British female to win an individual gymnastics medal at an Olympic Games.

Nile Wilson performed his heart out to win GB’s first ever Olympic high bar medal.  He also finished in 8th place in the all-around final amongst some incredible gymnasts.

The Paralympics saw our archers shine winning a total of six medals; three gold, two silver and a bronze coming back to Lilleshall! Not to mention the historic 123 on the podium, when Jess Stretton, Jo Frith and Vicky Jenkins did the clean sweep in the women’s W1 on ‘Super Saturday’, a first British 1-2-3 since Atlanta 1996.

Jo Frith also teamed up with John Walker, who had already won an individual gold, to land the W1M team gold medal.  Having already broken four world records and won team gold at the World Championships, John Walker secured the gold medal in the Men’s W1 Individual  final.

John Stubbs and Jodie Grinham  put on a spectactular display in the Mixed Team Compound Open Final to secure the gold medal and to ensure Great Britain were at the top of the Rio Paralympic Archery medals table.

The Medal Table for both the Olympic and Paralympics is as follows:

  • Gold for Gymnastics – Max Whitlock in the Men’s Pommel Horse
  • Gold for Gymnastics - Max Whitlock in the Men’s Floor Exercise
  • Gold for Archery – Mixed Team – John Walker and Jo Frith
  • Gold for Archery – Men’s Individual – John Walker
  • Gold for Archery – Women’s Individual - Jessica Stretton
  • Silver for Gymnastics – Louis Smith in the Men’s Pommel Horse
  • Silver for Gymnastics – Bryony Page in the Women’s Trampoline
  • Silver for Archery – Women’s Individual – Jo Frith
  • Silver for Archery – Mixed Team Compound Open – John Stubbs and Jodie Grinham
  • Bronze for Gymnastics - Max Whitlock in the Men’s Individual All – Around
  • Bronze for Gymnastics – Nile Wilson in the Men’s Horizontal Bar
  • Bronze for Gymnastics – Amy Tinkler in the Women’s Floor Exercise  
  • Bronze for Archery – Women’s Individual – Vicky Jenkins

That’s a whopping 13 medals in total achieved at Rio 2016 by athletes that train at Lilleshall.  We couldn’t be more proud. 

Congratulations must also go to Archers Naomi Folkard, Patrick Huston, Dave Phillips, Tania Nadarajah, Mikey Hall, Natahan Macqueen and John Cavanagh, Gymnasts Ellie Downie, Becky Downie, Amy Tinkler, Ruby Harrold, Claudia Fragapane, Kristian Thomas, Kat Driscoll, Nathan Bailey and Brinn Bevan, The Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby team and The Disability Target Shooting team.

June 2016


Lilleshall Sign Up to Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation


Bisham Abbey and Lilleshall National Sports Centres have recently joined the list of signatories of the ‘Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation’ to ensure their sport and recreational activities create a welcoming, inclusive and positive environment for everyone - including participants, professionals, volunteers and spectators. 

The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it and the National Centres want to encourage people to discuss mental health and also to seek help and support when it is needed.




Sport Relief

Thanks to Paul Evans from Lilleshall Hall Squash and Racket Ball Club for showing the BBC Shropshire Radio presenters, Adam Green and Vicki Archer, how to play squash properly and also for taking it easy on them!

Well done to those that contributed to our #RoadToRio challenge down at Queen’s Bar on March 18th. We set a combined distance of 198km on the static bike and rowing machine throughout the day, smashing past our original target.

Both Lilleshall and the BBC presenters had an entertaining day and collectively your generous donations enabled us to raise a total of £220 for Sport Relief, a great result all around!  



Lilleshall in Top 1% of Managed Leisure Facilities After Quest Stretch

We are pleased to announce that Bisham Abbey and Lilleshall National Sports Centres have been rated ‘outstanding’ after completing the toughest assessment offered by Quest, Sport England’s leading national quality scheme.

Lilleshall and Bisham Abbey are the first national centres in the country to achieve an ‘outstanding’ rating, placing them in the top 1% of best managed leisure facilities in the UK.

Quest is the best-known improvement program within the leisure industry, it’s rigorous assessments challenge even the very best centres.  Having previously been rated ‘excellent’ by Quest in 2015, both Lilleshall and Bisham were able to qualify for a ‘Stretch’ assessment. To achieve this top award, the centres went through a rigorous two-days, which involved a review of general practices on site, such as Health & Safety; interviews with employees, customers, partners and National Governing Bodies of sports (NGBs); plus a mystery visit.


November 2015 - World Gymnastics Championships

Great Britain celebrate a historic performance at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow 2015. Not only did the full men's and women's teams qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics, but they won a Silver and Bronze medal respectively for the first time.

The Gold and Silver medals Max Whitlock individually picked up in the pommel horse and floor events, along with the Silver medal Louis Smith was awarded for pommel brought Great Britain's record breaking medal tally up to five. Read the full article from British Gymnastics.


October 2015 - Wedding Fair

Lilleshall Hall hosted a Wedding Fair on October 4th 2015, offering brides to be a behind the scenes view of what this hidden gem has to offer in the heart of the Shropshire countryside. 

Lilleshall literally rolled out the red carpet for guests, who were also treated to a glass of champage and canapés upon arrival. A variety of local suppliers then provided couples with inspiration ideas for their big day. 

Join us for our next Wedding Fair on April 10th 2016, where we will be running a "Win a Wedding" competition. More information to be released on our Facebook page: WedIn Lilleshall.


September 2015 - Corporate Taster Day 

Fourteen people attended Lilleshall's Fully Hosted Corporate Taster Day and were introduced to a variety of teambuilding activities to suit a wide range of needs. Three external suppliers showcased their offerings in the form of Exotic Zoo, West Midlands Bubble Football and Leeds Carnegie, with the latter able to offer year-round ILM accredited courses at Lilleshall.

Guests were then treated to a 3-course evening meal with motivational guest speaker, MBE Dave Bunting, before sampling Lilleshall’s accommodation and full breakfast the next morning.

Feedback from those who attended was very positive with multiple future bookings made. Contact Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre today to find out what they could bring to your corporate teambuilding days or conference and meeting needs. 


August 2015

We are pleased to announce that building work has now finished on the Queen’s building.

Reception will be relocated to the Queen’s building in early September, with the Café/Bar to be fully operational by the middle of September.

Our Café will be serving food from 07:30 until 23:00 (food orders will be accepted up until 22:00). Our fully licenced Queen’s Bar will be open from 12:00 to 23:00.

We would like to thank everyone for being patient with the ongoing building work and hope you will agree that it has certainly been worth it. In future we will have promotional offers running so watch this space!



July 2015 - Community Open Day Success

We would like to thank everyone that participated in our Community Open Day on July 18th 2015. It was a day packed full of fun and we hope that we gave an insight of the activities and facilities we have available to the public.

The day was a great success and we enjoyed working with various local businesses and would like to say a massive thankyou to the local sports clubs that volunteered on the day including ‘West Midlands Bubble Football’, ‘Shrewsbury Town Football Club’, ‘Chix n Stix hockey club’, ‘Severn Trampoline Club’ to name a few.

The boys from Abraham Derby Academy in Telford were very kind in helping us run the Frisbee golf, inflatables, squash and various other free activities we held on the day. They are aiming to raise a challenging £20,000 for their Rugby tour of South Africa in 2017 – details on how to contribute to their target can be found here: http://goo.gl/LYma2Z


June 2015

Queens Bar Refurbishment Works Progressing Well

Work is progressing well with the paving stones now approved and in the progress of being laid along the Bell Tower road with the road expected to be completed by the beginning of August. 

All internal work is progressing as planned with the front roof extension in place, external windows to the fire escape installed and new doors to the patio complete.  New walls have also been erected and plastered internally and the folding door framework is in the process of being installed.

The Bell Tower road is due to be closed from 10am on Friday 12th June until 3pm on Monday 15th June whilst the turning circle is installed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period.  To keep disruption to a minimum pedestrian access will be maintained and alternative vehicle parking will be sign posted.


June 2015

Closure of Main House Car Park

The Bell Tower road is due to be closed from 10am on Friday 12th June until 3pm on Monday 15th June whilst the turning circle is installed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period.  To keep disruption to a minimum pedestrian access will be maintained and alternative vehicle parking will be sign posted.


June 2015

British Gymnastics Acrobatic Gymnastics European Selection Event

Over the weekend of the 6 and 7th June, British Gymnastics will be welcoming a number of thier elite Acro gymnasts from a range of clubs across the country to Lilleshall National Sports Centre to take part in the first of two trial events.  The results from these trials will be used to determine selection for the GBR team competing at the European Championships in Riesa, Germany in September 2015.

Both gymnasts and coaches would welcome local support; spectators are welcome free of charge throughout the weekend. 

Saturday’s trial begins at 11am with the 11-16 age group followed by the 13- 19 age group in the afternoon and we will see gymnasts perform in the Womens and Mens pairs, Groups  and Mixed Pairs categories.

Sunday sees the 12-18 age group, Womens Group & Mens Pair begin the day at 9am followed by the Mens Group, Womens Pair and Mixed Pair categories. The Seniors, consisting of the Men & Women Pairs, Mixed Pairs and Womens group will begin their competition at 4pm on Sunday.

The second trial event will take place in July and selection for the GBR team will be announced shortly afterwards.


May 2015

Queens Bar Refurbishment Works Update

Work is now underway on the re-development of Queens Bar with the first weeks of the stripping out of the existing bar now  completed.  From 20th April, the alternative entrance to Queens Accommodation, Changing Rooms, Squash Courts and Jubilee Hall has been implemented, with entry now via the EIS entrance.  A temporary access has been constructed to provide disabled access to Queens Bedrooms 1 and 3 only.

Internal work up to now has involved major strip out of all fittings and demolition of walls to reconfigure for the new layout, areas being bricked up and the front entrance foundations laid.

From the 4th May, works will begin on the road outside of Queens Bar leading up to the Bell Tower.  As such a traffic light management system will be put into place during the works period.  This will also mean that there will be limited vehicle access down the side of Queens. 

Please may we ask that all directional signs are followed and the traffic light system obeyed.

Our contractors are registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which assures that they are doing everything they can to be a good neighbour during  their time on site.

We and they apologise for any inconvenience or disruption caused while the works are ongoing, please be assured that we endeavour to keep this to an absolute minimum.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

March 2015

Sport England and Serco to invest £1 million into new Queens Bar and Reception at Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre

Customers using Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre will soon benefit from improved facilities including an extended and refurbished Queens Bar and new reception.

Developments will provide a central hub to the site, with an opened up entrance and new relocated reception for customer ease and a refurbished café bar that will extend the food provision, offering a range of meals and snacks throughout the day, and an extended lounge area in which customers can meet, work and relax.

Enabling works started on 16th March with the project expected to be completed by the beginning of August, during which time alternative facilities will be provided to minimise disruption.

Kevin Burton, Head of National Centres for Sport England commented:  “We are delighted that planning permission has been granted and that the plans are now in place to have this work completed.  This is yet another step that will enable us to deliver our aspirations to provide world leading facilities and services, reflective of good industry practice, for the community, clubs and elite users.”

Jamie Bryant, Contract Manager for the National Centres, said:“The venue’s goal is to provide a 'World Class Experience', where everything we do ensures that our customers are valued and their satisfaction is paramount.  This includes continual development of our service and offerings in view of feedback from our customers and we are therefore very much looking forward to having this work completed.  To ensure that disruption will be kept to a minimum, we will be providing alternative facilities throughout.”

An additional programme of works to create an office block is due to begin in April and will be completed by March 2016.

While work is carried out on the Queens Bar building, alternative bar facilities will be provided in Ford Hall or the main house. There will be some disruption to vehicle access to the main house and car parks, however the remainder of the site will remain open during the building works with any alternative routes clearly signposted.


Planning Permission Granted for Queens Bar and Office Block

We’re pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted for developments to Queens Bar and a new Office Block. We are now working on
a programme of works and will keep you up to date with more information as it becomes available.


Excellent Standards Excelled in Recent Audits

Lilleshall has again improved its score in both Quest and Hospitality Assured,
maintaining its Excellent and Premier Statuses.  The Quest Directional Review
highlighted the improvements to most areas of the business. This outstanding
achievement is further evidenced by the Quest Ambassador status and invitation to our Operations Manager - Laurie Jamie, to present at the Quest 20 Year Celebration Conference.

An improvement in the Hospitality Assured assessment to 78.4% puts Lilleshall just 1.1% behind the highest score awarded to similar organisations.


Previous Years

News from 2015
News from 2014

November 2014

British Gymnastics World Championships Success


Following the success of their athletes at the Commonwealth Games, British Gymnastics have more cause for celebration following their outstanding achievements at the World Championships in Nanning In October.  Here’s a round-up of their results:
  • Max Whitlock impressed in the all-around final achieving second place and a silver medal.
  • The men’s team; Max Whitlock, Kristian Thomas, Dan Keatings, Dan Purvis, Nile Wilson and Courtney Tulloch achieved an historic 4th place
  • In the High Bar, Nile Wilson came 4th
  • Becky Downie recorded her best ever World Championship, placing 5th in the Bars Final
  • The Women’s Team; Hannah Whelan, Becky Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Gabby Jupp, Kelly Simm and Ruby Harrold placed 6th
  • On the Rings, Courtney Tulloch came 6th
  • Claudia Fragapane, on her World Championship debut, placed 10th in the all-around, 8th on Floor and 5th on Vault
  • On the Pommel, Dan Keatings came 8th
  • Ruby Harrold placed 8th on Bars and 11th in the all-around

Congratulations and well done to all that competed.

 In other gymnastics news:

  • Beth Tweddle MBE has been announced as the first ever inductee to the British Gymnastics Hall of Fame after being considered the most successful British gymnast of all time as well as being an influential ambassador for the sport of gymnastics and British Gymnastics, outside of the gym
  • Bryony Page has retained the British Trampoline Title

October 2014

Lilleshall Hall Bowls Club

In January a team from Lilleshall Hall Bowls Club competed in an indoor bowls competition at Bodelwyddan, run by Warner Leisure Hotels.  The team members were Sheila Simcoe, Rod Payne, Liz & Mike Caird.  As winners of this competition the team qualified to play in the Champion of Champions Competition at the Lakeside Coastal Village, 7th October to 9th October.  The team reached the quarter finals before losing to the eventual winners!

The photo below shows the team (in their Lilleshall shirts) with Andy Thomson MBE.  Andy Thomson was there to present the prizes.  He is best known as a commentator on the BBC for indoor bowls and is currently ranked at 10 as a player on the World Bowls Tour.

October 2014

Yew Cuttings Benefit Good Causes

The Lilleshall Grounds team take great pride in maintaining our beautiful gardens but recent developments mean that they are helping out two great causes.  After contact from Friendship Estates, the Yew cuttings that were previously being disposed of are now being collected to be used in the production of chemotherapy drugs.

English yew (Taxus baccata) contains a compound, 10-Deacetylbaccatin III, which can be extracted from clippings and used as the raw material in the production of chemotherapy drugs paclitexel and docetaxel which are used to treat different cancers including ovarian, breast, non-small cell lung cancer, breast, prostate, stomach and head and neck cancer.

In addition to this, Lilleshall will receive 35p per kilo which will be donated to the Royal British Legion.  The first cuttings have now been collected raising £120 from the first donation.


September 2014

One small step at Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre this National Fitness Day!

Staff and members of Lilleshall NSC are gearing up for National Fitness Day on 26th September.

The team are looking to raise awareness about the health and well-being benefits, that just one day of fitness, would bring to an individual. According to UK Active, just 30 minutes of exercise twice a week, supports a healthier body, mind and spirit.

Join us for Squashercise at 12.30pm on the 26th September 

Squashercise is a fun, friendly, activity class for everyone based on squash and racketball fitness, movements and skills.

Did you know, Squashercise on average can burn between 600 & 800 calories in an hour compared to 400 – 500 calories jogging!

Squashercise is...

  1. A fun and dynamic way to get fit, improve muscle tone and meet likeminded people
  2. A way to burn lots of calories without the boredom associated with other forms of exercise
  3. A social and supportive environment
  4. A way to help boost self-confidence, self-esteem and general wellbeing
  5. An opportunity to learn a new sport or brush up on old skills

It’s FUN and it’s FREE – what’s to stop you?  Just turn up 10 minutes before the session is due to start to register.

Whether you fancy toning up, becoming more active, or just trying something new, National Fitness Day is a great place to start.

National Fitness Day is the largest celebration of physical activity in the UK. Hundreds of clubs, parks and leisure centres are opening their doors to welcome you for free. We all know the great things linked to regular exercise including a healthier heart and a better quality of life. But many of us find getting fit a lonely slog and it shouldn’t be.

Research shows if you exercise in company you are more likely to stick at it. A combination of social atmosphere and camaraderie, creates a positive atmosphere and importantly helps us to have fun.

That’s what National Fitness Day is all about – providing the inspiration and opportunities to move and the team at Lilleshall are offering a Free Seven Day Trial when you sign up to their Join The Resolution Campaign.   This will allow you to enjoy our gym facilities for 7 days without any commitment to join.

We look forward to seeing you on the 26th September!


August 2014

The Nottingham Building Society Archery GB National Series Finals

Britain’s top archery talent took centre stage in August at the Nottingham Building Society Archery GB National Series Finals at Wollaton Park in Nottingham. Four National Champions topped the podium in the men and women’s Recurve and Compound Finals.

Britain’s top Recurve archers kicked the competition off on Saturday, showcasing their skills in a series of head-to-head matches. Olympian and defending champion Amy Oliver becameWomen’s Recurve National Series Champion after a tough match against three-times Olympian Naomi Folkard. The calibre of the match was extremely high with Amy taking the title in four sets, with a final score of 112-107.

Olympian Larry Godfrey became Men’s Recurve National Series Champion following an exciting match against Michael Judd, taking the title in three straight sets with a final score of 85-74.

Lizzie Cantopher won the bronze medal after beating Ruth Welsh 94-83, while George Harding achieved a bronze medal against Sean Evans, with a final score of 112-104.

On Sunday it was the turn of Britain’s best Compound archers to take to the stage. Naomi Jones becameWomen’s Compound National Series Champion after a nail biting match against defending champion and double Paralympic gold medallist Danielle Brown. At the end of the second end Danielle had the advantage, but then shot a six, giving Naomi a winning edge. The final score was 143-135.

Adam Ravenscroft becameMen’s Compound National Series Champion after a close match against Matt Arnold. By the fourth end there was only one point in it. Matt's final arrows were 8-9-9 but Adam shot three 10s to take the title, with a final score of 146- 141.

Nichola Simpson beat Andrea Gales 141-139 to take bronze, while Chris White beat Chris Bell to take the Men’s bronze in a very close match where only one arrow strayed out of the gold in the entire match. The final score was 146-144.

The competition saw the grounds of Wollaton Park transformed into a head-to-head archery competition arena, recreating the excitement of archery competitions at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

In an effort to inspire the next generation of British archers, Archery GB also offered visitors to the free event the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at archery along with many other family activities throughout the day.

Sara Symington, Archery GB’s Performance Director, commented: "The high level of competition at this year’s National Series Finals has been outstanding. We have seen some excellent results amongst our GB archers,including those in the Recurve team who are hoping for Olympic success in Rio, which is very promising to see. We would like to congratulate all the competitors who took part, especially the National Series Final Champions, as well as thanking those, including American Paralympian Matt Stutzman, who put on a fantastic display for the public.”

August 2014

British Gymnastics celebrate the incredible success of their gymnasts at the Commonwealth Games. 


The gymnasts returned home from Glasgow with an unprecedented best ever medal haul of12 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze medals, that’s 34 or 68% of the total medals won in gymnastics.

The best ever Commonwealth Games for gymnastics, here are a few of the historic moments for the BG stars:

  • Claudia Fragapane took 4 Gold medals, the most decorated English woman at the Games in 84 years
  • Nile Wilson was the youngest male gymnast to  ever win an All-Around and Parallel Bar Medal at the Commonwealth Games
  • Scotland and Wales won their first ever team medals in the artistic and rhythmic events
  • Frankie Jones won 6 medals and received the David Dixon award for Fair Play and Inspirations
  • Max Whitlock performed 16 routines in total across the Games, the most of any Artistic or Rhythmic Gymnast

August 2014

Archery GB's Spectacular Summer of Competition Achievements

The Women’s Compound Team, Andrea Gales, Rikki Bingham and Lucy O’Sullivan won Silver in the European Championships and the Men’s Recurve Team, Ashe Morgan, George Harding, Kieran Slater, won bronze in the World University Games.  Their other medal successes are shown in the table below.  Huge congratulations to all medal winners and competitors.

European Grand Prix - Czech


Compound Women

Mel Clarke


Recurve Open Men’s Team

Dave Phillips, Simon Powell, Paul Browne


W1 Men

John Cavanagh


W1 Team

John Cavanagh, John Walker, Jo Frith


Recurve MX Team

Dave Phillips, Kate Murray

Asian Para Grand Prix


Compound Men

John Stubbs


Compound Women

Mel Clarke


W1 Men

John Cavangh


W1 Men

John Walker


Compound Mixed Team

John Stubbs, Mel Clarke


Compound Men

Frank Maguire


Recurve Men

Kenny Allan

Asian Grand Prix


Compound MX Team

Mel Clarke, John Stubbs

Youth European Championships


Recurve Cadet Men’s Team

Bradley Denny, Joe Ground, Jack Masefield


Compound Junior Men’s Team

Jordan Mitchell, Jake Burn, Jon Bull


Compound Cadet Men’s Team

James Passingham, James Howse, Dean Hamilton


Compound Cadet Women’s Team

Kirsten George, Lucy Mason, Isabelle Carpenter

Junior Europa Cup


Compound Junior Men’s Team

Jordan Mitchell, James Howell, Thomas Taylor


Recurve Cadet Men’s Team

Brad Denny, Joe Ground, Jack Masefield


Recurve Junior Women’s Team

Pip Taylor, Sally Gilder, Caitlin McCarthy


Compound Junior Mixed Team

Jordan Mitchell, Aalin George


Compound Cadet Women’s Team

Isabelle Carpenter, Rebecca Lennon, Lucy Mason


Compound Cadet Men’s Team

James Passingham, James Howse, Sam Jeram


Compound Junior Men

Jordan Mitchell


Compound Junior Women’s Team

Sophie Brown, Daisy Clark, Erin Prior


Compound Cadet Mixed Team

Kirsten George, James Howse

August 2014

Lilleshall Hall Bowls Club celebrate County Champion Success

Sheila Simcoe, Ladies Captain at Lilleshall Hall Bowls Club beat Amy Stanton, an Under 25 International Player, in the Worcestershire County Ladies Singles Championship  semi-final before going on to win the final on 27th July. 

Congratulations to Shelia on your new found County status.

Sheila also went on to compete in the National Bowls England Championships, butunfortunately lost to Ellen Falkner of St Neots who had just returned from Glasgow, having won her third Commonwealth gold medal.

The Ladies Team of 8 players also won their semi-final match against St Dunstans in the Worcestershire County Double Rinks competition but narrowly lost the final.

Mike Hubbard played in the National Bowls England Mens Senior Singles Championship, winning his preliminary round and first round matches.  He narrowlylost his second round match to Ronald Coleman of Malvern by just one shot.

A team of four also competed in the Gala Day at Moreton-in Marsh BowlsClub.  Sheila Simcoe, Rod Payne, Liz Caird and Mike Caird,better known in the competition as ‘The Lilleshall Drivers’, scored the maximum points along with Wolvey in Leicestershire.  Shot difference was used todecide the overall winner, placingThe Lilleshall Drivers in secondplace


July 2014

Commonwealth Games

Athletes in gymnastics, squash, badminton and table tennis who competed at the Commonwealth Games won 15 gold, 20 silver and 17 bronze medals in total, after pre-competition training at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall.  This is an amazing achievement – a huge well done to  all medal winners.

July 2014

Lilleshall Mud Runners Raise Money for RBL

Staff at Lilleshall and the Battle Back Centre helped to raise £280 for the Royal Brisith Legion when they took part in the Shropshire Mud Run, held at Lilleshall in July.  Well done to those that battled the 10k race through muddy woodland, over obstacles and through waist-high water pools.


May 2014

Shropshire Mud Run

Ultimate Fitness Experience's next Shropshire Mud Run event is to be held at Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre on Saturday 19th July.

Starting at 10.30am, you’ll run along the drive before embarking upon a cross country/woodland run, where they'll be mud and natural obstacles to add some fun to the 10km!

Compete either on your own, in a team, or even tied together with optional fancy dress!

On the day there will be:

  • Professional chip timing (results online the same day)
  • Goodie bags
  • Prizes for winners, teams, muddiest & best fancy dress!
  • Car park donations to local charities
  • Onsite refreshments available
  • First Aid Cover
  • Professional photography (available to download/purchase the next day)
  • Points awarded to finishers in top 25 (male & female) for Series leaderboard/overall series prizes

Entrants must be 18yrs+ (16-17yrs with parent/guardian pemission and present on the day).

Enter now!

May 2014

Archery Big Weekend

Lilleshall's onsite partner and NGB, Archery GB  are inviting budding bowmen and aspiring archers to Give Archery a Go at their Big Weekend.

Try out archery at your local club on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend of the 24-26 May – even if you have never picked up a bow and arrow before.

Archery GB’s Big Weekend, in association with Foresters Friendly Society, will see more than 80 clubs across the country open their doors to potential archers. With over 5,000 members of the public set to take part and around 30,000 arrows to be shot in total, this is sure to be a massive UK wide event.

Not only will visitors be able to try out a new sport, they will also have the opportunity to get involved in their local community and meet new friends – at each event there will be plenty of current club members to lend a hand and chat about how they got started in archery. Archery is a fun and friendly sport for both young and old to take part in together, and with many clubs providing facilities for disabled archers too, it is a very inclusive sport.

All equipment will be provided, therefore all participants need to do is bring along themselves and plenty of enthusiasm. Families are welcome to come along and enjoy a day out in the spring sunshine.

To find out more about the Big Weekend and discover the participating archery ranges across the country, please visit www.archerygb.org/bigweekend


April 2014

Pink Ribbon Charity Ball to be Held at Lilleshall in aid of Princess Royal Hospital Telford Breast Unit

To be held on Saturday 28th June 2014 at the Centre's Ford Hall, the evening consists of an arrival drink, 3 course evening meal, live entertainment including a live singer, dance cabaret and a special guest singer. 

A raffle will also be held on the night.

Tickets are priced at just £36 and are available from pinkribbonball@outlook.com

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April 2014

Food Fair set to Showcase Delicious Offerings from Across the Region

Spring is upon us and to celebrate, on Sunday 27th April, Lilleshall National Sport and Conferencing Centre are opening their doors to the public for their Food and Drink Fair.  Located in the Centre’s Ford Hall, the event is set to host a mixture of delicious foods and drinks from the heart of England.

Open from 10am to 4pm, there will be food and drink to sample and buy for all the family from mouth-watering sausages, pickles and cider to scrumptious sweets and fudge.

A selection of tasty dishes including a spring lamb stew will also be available to purchase in the café area where visitors can relax and have refreshments whilst children are entertained in the ‘have a go’ cupcake decorating area.

Master class demonstrations will also be held showcasing how to make delicious Cannoli’s, a Sicilian pastry dessert.   Tom Peach, Resident Sous Chef at Lilleshall said:  “The Food Fairs are a great opportunity, not only to showcase some amazing food from across the region, but also to enable us to introduce foods that not very well known; last year it was the cronut and this year we are offering the Cannoli.’

Exhibitors at the event include Laura’s Sweet Creations, Manorhall Farm Cider, Darwin’s, La Triestina, Frank Sauces, Avant Ice Cream Tricycles, A little Dutch Treat, Chaaboo, Pen -Y- lan Pork, Shropshire Sweets, Pots and Dots, Shropshire Pickle, Crossbank Farm Cottage Plants, Penypound Preserves, Givele Confectionary, Mandy’s Kitchen and Images of Shropshire.

Entry and Parking will be free of charge

April 2014

Lilleshall to host Outstanding Physical Education for All – Inspirational Teaching & Learning within the New National Curriculum (Cross-phase conference)

Shropshire Council are to hold their Shropshire PE Conference 2014 at Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre on Tuesday 17th June.

Starting at 8.30am, the Conference is open to delegates from Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin schools as well as schools from throughout the country.

To find out more, please download the information below.

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April 2014

Hope House Children's Hospices to hold Passion for Fashion Event and Afternoon Tea at Lilleshall


The Charity Fashion Show is to be held in Queens Bar on Sunday 11th May, from 12 noon until 4.00pm to raise money for Hope House Children's Hospices. 

Tickets are priced at just £15 and include entry to the show, afternoon tea, fruit sushi and energiser drinks and the ability to purchase major high street brands at reduced prices.

To purchase tickets, please contact Hope House Fundraising Office on 01691 671 6761 or Clare on 07850 019918.

March 2014

Archery GB Kick Off Sports Relief with Bake Off

Archery GB, based at Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre, celebrated the start of Sports Relief Week with their first ever Sports Relief Bake Off. 

Judged by Phil Jones MBIFM, Catering Manager at Lilleshall, Helen Smedley was crowned Archery GB Bake Off Champion with her lemon poppy cake.

Congratulations to Helen and all those who entered and thank you to all staff at Lilleshall who helped to raise £121 for Sport Relief so far.

The money raised is used by Comic Relief to change lives both at home and abroad and as an example the donation could be used to:

  • Pay for two children living in poverty in Peru to attend preschool for a whole year
  • Pay for 24 young people in the UK with a disability to take part in sport


News from 2013
December 2013

Christmas Opening Times

We will be closed from 24th December to 1st January inclusive.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

November 2013

Emergency Road Repairs

Emergency road repairs taking place at Lilleshall NSC between Monday 11th and Friday 15th November,

There will be no access between the main driveway and the golf club during this period, or vehicular access to the main house. 

All other car parks will remain open and pedestrian signage will highlight access routes to the main reception and offices.

11th September 2013

Back to Netball

Ladies in the Newport and surrounding area are being offered the chance to be re-introduced to a sport they may not have played since school with a fun “Back to Netball” session.

Back to Netball is a fun way to burn lots of calories, make new friends and rediscover your sporting ability. Over 16 year olds can take part on a pay-and-play basis at the Centre’s new Jubilee Sports Hall. The sessions will be led by a qualified coach and be set up in a way that will suit all abilities.

For enquiries please contact James Palmer, Sports Development Manager, by e-mail on james.palmer@serco.com or 01952 603003.

Every Thursday starting on 12th September
20:00pm - 21:30pm
£4.00 per person

9th August 2013

Come and join us at one of our Taster Events

To fully appreciate Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre, we are extending an invitation for potential clients to join us at one of our ‘TASTER DAYS’ which we are holding in the Autumn. We have tailored two events to showcase the fantastic facilities on offer for both corporate clients and conference agents.

If you are interested in joining us for one of these, please email Louise.williams@serco.com for more information. The agent 'Taster Days' are planned over 2 days/1 night to jointly take in our other venue Bisham Abbey. Click for details.


Join the teams at Lilleshall and Bisham Abbey for a small sample of the facilities
available for you to offer to your clients.

A 2 day tour for event booking agencies – Day 1 will be hosted by Lilleshall with overnight accommodation and Day 2 hosted by Bisham Abbey.

Format for the 2 days:

Day 1 - Lilleshall
1.00 pm Arrive for a light lunch in Chapters
1.45 pm A short welcome by Lee Moore – General Manager
2.00 pm Divided into small groups for site show rounds
3.00 pm First of 4 taster activities lasting approx. ½ hr each
5.30 pm Free Time
7.30 pm Dinner in our Restaurant

Relax for the rest of the evening in Queens Bar
Overnight accommodation at Lilleshall

Day 2 – Lilleshall then on to Bisham Abbey

  • 8.00 am Breakfast in the Restaurant
  • 8.45 Leave to travel to Bisham
  • 11.00 am Approx arrival at Bisham Abbey
  • 11.00 am Tea/Coffee and a short welcome by Steve Nelson – General Manager
  • 11.15 am 2 groups to enjoy a Riverboat trip on the Thames whilst the other 2 have a tour of Bisham Abbey
  • 12.00 midday Groups to swap over
  • 12.45 pm approx Lunch and champagne reception in the Margaret Dickenson Lounge with garden and river views
  • Finish approx 1.30

PLEASE NOTE - Timings are a rough guide at the moment and will be finalised nearer the date

Activities planned for Day 1 may include

  • Try your balancing skills in our Segway fun activity
  • Fly a bird of prey in our Falconry experience (other wildlife may make an appearance)
  • Short team Orienteering course
  • Have a Go Archery

For conference venues that can add a real impact to any event, Lilleshall and Bisham Abbey National Sports & Conferencing Centres are the perfect choice.

Both Lilleshall and Bisham Abbey are ideal team building venues offering a vast range of different activities in one location.

Lilleshall is set in picturesque Shropshire countryside with Capability Brown inspired gardens and 350+ acres to lose yourself in.

Bisham Abbey is located in Buckinghamshire and is set in stunning grounds which edge onto the bank of the River Thames.

Few venues are able to offer such a diverse mix of inspiring grounds, historic building and full conference facilities at affordable rates.

To register your interest please reply to us at the address below, with your full name, company name, full address, telephone number, email and website details.
Please let us know where you have held events over the past 2 years and the type and size of events you are interested in placing at our venues.

Please note, a maximum of 2 places per company will be offered. Places are limited so please register your interest as soon as possible, but at the latest by Thursday 8th August 2013.

27th June 2013

New facilities receive ministerial approval

The training centre that helped London 2012 medal winning gymnasts and archers reach Olympic and Paralympic glory has been officially opened after the completion of £6.9 million of National Lottery funded refurbishment and expansion works earlier this year. 

The Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, today joined Sport England and members of the local and sporting community to officially open the new facilities at Lilleshall National Sports Centre that will support the next generation of sporting stars.

Home to British Gymnastics, Archery GB, the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and the Battle Back Centre, Lilleshall also provides world class facilities for the community including more than 80 local sports clubs. 

Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, said: “These fantastic new world-class facilities at Lilleshall will support the preparations of our top athletes as we look to keep up the momentum from London 2012.  By opening them up to community use they’ll also encourage sports participation in the region and help us deliver a sporting legacy from last summer’s Games.”

The new and improved facilities include:

  • New five-court sports hall for sports such as indoor hockey, basketball, badminton, table tennis, netball, volleyball and archery
  • New changing pavilion for the two artificial pitches to provide team and officials changing, and training room for on-site first aid and physiotherapy
  • Refurbishment of the existing sports hall used for wheelchair basketball, badminton, volleyball, netball and futsal
  • A new 25-room accommodation block and refurbishment of the 54 bedrooms in Kent Hall, providing high quality accommodation.

Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “These new and improved facilities will ensure Lilleshall remains at the forefront of community and elite sport. By continuously developing the facilities to take advantage of the latest technology and by providing the very best in comfort, we’re helping both the sports stars of tomorrow and the local community have a great sporting experience.”

The new facilities also include a strength and conditioning gym and a rehabilitation centre for the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and are specifically targeted to meet the needs of athletes on world class performance programmes.

The rehabilitation centre provides a focal point for diagnosis and treatment, enabling multi-disciplinary teams of EIS practitioners to deliver intensive rehabilitation programmes that aim to reduce the time it takes athletes to recover from injury and return to high performance training.  The new strength and conditioning gym is focused on strength and power development and has been designed to suit both individuals and groups of athletes. 

Louise Fawcett from the English Institute of Sport (EIS) who is the Head of Sports Science and Medicine for British Gymnastics, said: “The investment in facilities has significantly improved the performance environment at Lilleshall and enhanced its status as a multi-sport, multi-disciplinary training and support centre for elite athletes.   It is a great example of collaboration between a range of partners who have worked together to deliver a world-class environment that is centred on the needs of gymnasts and coaches. “

“The British Gymnastics Sports Science and Medicine Team are progressive, dynamic and extremely focussed. The upgrading of the gym and treatment centre has allowed our practitioners to provide services to gymnasts in a professional environment suitable to their needs.”

Built in 1831 as the hunting lodge and family retreat for the Duke of Sutherland, the Centre is now a flagship residential training and centre of excellence for many of this country’s top sportsmen and women.

Lilleshall National Sports Centre is owned by the Sports Council Trust Company and is managed by Serco Leisure on Sport England’s behalf.

Keith Thomas,  Managing Director Serco Leisure, said: “Working in genuine partnership with Sport England, Lilleshall has seen a transformation through major refurbishments and the construction of new facilities enabling us as operators to significantly enhance the offer and experience to all our customers which in turn will improve the sporting outcomes at all levels from community to elite sport.”

1st March 2013

National Sports Centre makes racketball available for the local community

Lilleshall National Sports Centre is helping to promote one of the UK’s fastest growing sports by introducing a weekly racketball session for players aged 50 and over.

The sport of racketball is played on a regular squash court and is similar to squash. In racketball a larger ball, which does not need warming up like in squash, and a shorter racket are used.  The fact that the ball is bigger, more bouncy and does not need warming up means that the rallies last longer, as the ball moves slower giving the opponent more time to react and get to the ball. The shorter racket also helps with hand eye coordination making the ball easier to strike. Overall this makes the game much easier to pick up than many other sports like squash or tennis.

The sessions are to be lead by a qualified coach and are aimed at all fitness levels and abilities.  There is no need to pre-book as the sessions, which are due to start on 8th March between 11:30am and 12:30pm, are offered on a pay-and-play basis with a £2 fee collected at the beginning of each session.

Lilleshall National Sports Centre has a total of 5 squash courts – 2 of which are completely glass-backed.  They are all available for use by the local community 7 days a week.  The centre also has equipment to hire including rackets and balls.
The centre also plays host to Lilleshall Squash & Racketball Club who make use of the centre’s facilities on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  The club also has a thriving junior section with sessions running on Saturday lunch times.  Memberships are available for all abilities and ages.

For further information please contact Martin Barrett on 01952 603003 or martin.barrett@serco.com.


8th February 2013

Refurbishment Works Update

The refurbishment works continue to move
forward at an exciting rate since
development work began, here’s an overview of the progress made since the last update:

  • Queen Elizabeth II Hall Changing Rooms have been completed
  • The new Sports Hall floor in Wenlock Hall is completed 
  • A new LED lighting scheme will be installed in Wenlock Hall in March 2013.  This is a pilot energy saving scheme supported by Sport England.

Ongoing Works:

  • The Queen Elizabeth II Hall accommodation refurbishment will provide 25 en-suite bedrooms providing 50 bed spaces on site.
  • The rooms will all benefit from free Wi-Fi throughout.
  • Refurbishment started in August 2012, and completion is planned for March 2013. 

The brand new accommodation will further position Lilleshall as a residential conference destination of choice across Shropshire.


8th February 2013

Lilleshall Awards Hat Trick

Lilleshall NSC has been awarded 4 stars in its recent accommodation grading, accredited by the Visit England assurance scheme. This is testament to the quality of the refurbishment works.

Second on the list of honours, is the Hospitality Assured accreditation awarded to Lilleshall in December.  The excellent standards achieved demonstrate the site team’s ongoing commitment to deliver excellent customer service.

Finally, five stars for Food Hygiene and Cleanliness have been awarded, the highest accolade that can be granted by Shropshire Council.

Congratulations to all of the team!

6th February 2013

It’s not just about the elite…get involved with your local National Sports Centre!

2012 was a landmark year for Lilleshall National Sports Centre and the Olympic athletes that make use of the centre, but 2013 is all about inspiring the next generation of sports players and participants.
There are countless opportunities for local people to access the centre’s facilities – including:

No Strings Badminton

Fancy an alternative to the gym?  No Strings Badminton is a casual pay-and-play initiative for beginner and improving players aged 16+.

The sessions are held on Monday evenings in the centre’s brand new Jubilee Hall from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at a cost of £3.00 per session.

Over 50’s Racketball

If you’ve never heard of racketball then think of it as squash but with a slightly bigger and bouncier ball that makes for longer rallies.  It is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and the centre is starting its very own weekly session, lead by a qualified coach, aimed at adult players aged 50+.
Sessions begin on Friday 8th March from 11:30am to 12:30pm and as an introductory offer will cost just £1.00 per session for the first 8 weeks.

Easter Sports Week

There are over 20 community sports clubs using the facilities on a weekly basis here at Lilleshall NSC and during the Easter Holidays the centre will be teaming up with a number of these clubs to run a programme of taster sessions for both juniors and adults.
The activity will take place between Tuesday 2nd and Monday 8th April, and will include “have a go” sessions in squash, racketball, badminton, powerchair football and bowls – amongst others.  There will also be an opportunity to visit the site for a free guided tour of the facilities and the extensive gardens.
Sessions will be no more than £3 and even FREE in some cases.
Details, including times and cost, can be found on the Lilleshall NSC website (www.lilleshallnsc.co.uk) by visiting the News section.

Further Information

For further information on any of the above initiatives please feel free to call the centre on 01952 603003 and ask for Martin or e-mail him directly on martin.barrett@serco.com

News from 2012
15th August 2012

Refurbishment Works Update

At Lilleshall we are currently investing over £6m in improvements across the facilities. The refurbishment works continue to move forward at an exciting rate and since development work began, so much progress
has been made :
• The Main House Dining Room and Extension is 95% completed
• Main House Toilets are completed
• Ford Hall has undergone extensive refurbishment and is almost completed
• A new Café is now open at the old football pavilion during events
• Kent Hall accommodation all rooms are now en-suite, new heating system and
  windows throughout. External doors to
  be replaced in May
• New hockey pavilion is completed
• New CCTV invested in all around the site including the new pavilion area is
  95% completed
• Sports Hall development has commenced – planned for completion November 2012

15th August 2012

Spotlight on Ford Hall

The extensive refurbishment work has transformed Ford Hall, the centre's largest
meeting/event space.  This fantastic venue has received a new lease of life in the form of new lighting, flooring, wall coverings and dividing curtains, state of the art
AV equipment along with a full re-decoration of the whole hall, and now provides a fantastic facility for larger meetings, conferences, exhibitions and weddings. The Hall's three adjoining seminar/breakout rooms have also received a full refurbishment.  The centre's remaining meeting rooms are receiving new AV equipment and new furniture to transform them into comprehensive corporate event venues to coincide with the centre's rebranding. There is also the introduction of a day delegate rate which is available from £36.00 per person, and a residential delegate rate; which includes a fantastic 4 course A la Carte meal in Chapters Restaurant all from only £99.00 per person.  Few venues are able to offer such a diverse mix of inspiring grounds, historic building and
affordable facilities.


Ongoing Works

• Queen's Hall refurbishment works will provide dryside changing facilities and 25
new bedrooms - starts in Summer 2012, planned completion March 13.  We're delighted with the work so far and there is much more to be done on the refurbishment. We're confident that the developments will play an important role in Lilleshall being recognised and known for being the “Home of
Great British Sport”. Please note there is current disruption to the main house car park due to the new Reception works at the Royal British Legion Battleback
Centre. This is due for completion at the beginning of July. We apologise for any
inconvenience or disruption you may experience during this time which we seek to
minimise where possible.

12th July 2012

School Games descend on Lilleshall

Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre played host to the inaugural Shropshire Telford and Wrekin School games across 3rd and 4th July 2012.
Despite some challenging weather the event was hailed as a great success as over 1,000 young people took part in over 20 different sporting competitions including athletics, cricket, hockey and netball.  The event was led by a 200-strong volunteer workforce of young leaders.
Over 50 schools across the County took part having qualified for the Level 3 event through a series of fixtures and competitions within their partnership of schools.
Each day started with an opening ceremony located in the ornamental gardens area to the side of the Main House that saw cheerleading, steel drumming and a Zumba warm up take centre stage.  The event was supported by two Sporting Champions – Alistair Patrick-Heselton, an England disability football international, and Mark Fosbrook, an elite wheelchair basketball player – both of whom were involved in reading the School Games pledge before competition got underway.
To conclude each day the participants attended a medal ceremony.  On the second day of competition this was attended by Team GB archer Naomi Folkard who helped in awarding the medals.
Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre won the right to host and event manage the School Games through a competitive tender process.

22nd April 2012

Pressure shoot for Olympic archers at Lilleshall

Archery GB hosted their third and final Olympic selection shoot at Lilleshall from 19th to 21st April 2012.
Having whittled the competitors down to just 4 men and 4 women, the final shoot decided which three of those archers would go on to represent Team GB at the London Olympics.  In order to simulate a raucous environment the event was opened to schools throughout the West Midlands to attend and the demand was unparalleled as over 2,500 young people attended over the first two days.
In addition to watching the selection shoot unfold, the young people were given the opportunity to try a number of other sports as Lilleshall opened its facilities for casual sport including hockey, football, squash and table tennis.  The event was also attended by the Telford and Wrekin Sports Forum, Telford Hornets Rugby Club and Shropshire Warriors Basketball Club – the two later organisations ran taster sessions in rugby and basketball respectively.
Congratulations to Naomi Folkard, Alison Williamson, Amy Oliver, Larry Godfrey, Simon Terry and Alan Wills who made the Olympic team.

9th November 2011

Centre opens its gates for Lille-Walk

Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre is set to launch a weekly health walk around its historic site, which is open to members of the local community.

Part of the Walkabout Wrekin project, it is being organised in partnership with Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. The vast 300 acre site will enable the walk to offer a series of five different routes which will in essence represent each of the rings of the Olympic emblem. Lille-Walk is a free activity led by a trained Walk Leader. The first walk is scheduled for Thursday 10th November at 12:30pm and will continue weekly thereafter on the same day and time. It is anticipated that each walk will last for no longer than an hour.  Interested walkers are encouraged to just turn up and report to the main reception in the Old Hall for registration with the Walk Leader.

For further information please contact Martin Barrett, Sports Development Manager, on 01952 225915 / martin.barrett@serco.com.

Update - The Lille-Walk now starts at 12pm every Thursday

7th November 2011

Adult Badminton Coaching

Members of the local community are being encouraged to get back in to playing badminton thanks to two initiatives hosted by Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre.

Adult Badminton Coaching, the first of the two initiatives the centre is running, is aimed at beginner and improving badminton players. Pre-booking is essential. The second is the centre’s No Strings Badminton session, which is a programme supported by the sport’s governing body – Badminton England. No Strings Badminton sessions are much more informal in that they offer participants a chance to play in a structured environment against like-minded individuals without having to commit to joining a club.

For further information or to book on to the coaching sessions please contact Martin Barrett, Sports Development Manager, on 01952 225915 or martin.barrett@serco.com.

Update - The Adult Badminton Coaching is set to return in October 2012

New Website

Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre has launched it's new website.  Not only have we had a visual overhaul, but we're also adding in some great new features including a new online bookings system and online membership sign-up.

If you have any feedback on the new site, please contact us.


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Tel: 01952 603003