NL Active at The Pods

Situated next to Central Park in Scunthorpe, The Pods is the largest sports and fitness facility in North Lincolnshire and offers a wide range of activities for people of all ages and fitness levels. Whether you are looking to keep fit, improve your health, try a new sport or simply relax and unwind, we’re sure you’ll find an activity to suit.

We offer several membership packages to help keep you fit and active as well as saving you money. For further information visit our membership information page. You can view prices for swimming and activities on our current prices webpage.

Sports facilities available

  • Eight lane, 25 metre swimming pool
  • Teaching pool
  • Six court sports hall
  • 85+ station gym over two levels with Life Fitness gym equipment
  • Health & Wellbeing studio with power assisted gym equipment
  • Two group fitness studios offering 75 plus classes per week
  • Virtual fitness studio delivering Les Mills fitness classes
  • Meeting room

Join and book online

You can sign up for a membership and book group fitness classes, gym visits and racket sports online:


Don’t let the weather stop you playing football. Our sports halls are marked out and goals easily set-up for five-a-side-football. Bookings can be taken all year round for casual one-off games or weekly block bookings.

All bookings are for one hour and footballs and bibs are available to use.

A fast paced racket sport played with a shuttlecock over a 1.55 metres high net. Can be played by two or four players.

Badminton is a great aerobic sport that helps improve stamina, agility and motor coordination and has been proven to burn fat and increase muscle tone when played regularly.

Our courts are available to hire for one off games or weekly blocks on the hour. Each booking is for one hour. Rackets and shuttlecocks are available to hire from the customer service desk.

Badminton prices include racket hire.

Basketball is a fast-paced game played by two teams of five players. It involves trying to pass and dribble the ball before trying to shoot the ball into a high mounted hoop to score.

A great sport for developing speed, agility, coordination and teamwork.

Our courts are available to hire for casual one-off games, block bookings or just to shoot some hoops with your friends. Each booking is for one hour on the hour.

With over 150 fitness classes across our five centres, we aim to cater for all fitness levels and ages. We offer a wide range of different classes from high energy to relaxation and well being. Find out more on our Group Fitness Classes page

Our fully equipped, air conditioned gyms offer a range of Life Fitness equipment for everyone. You can choose from cardiovascular machines such as rowers, cycles, treadmills and steppers, resistance equipment including free weights or try our dedicated stretch areas with stability balls, medicine balls, body bars and more. Find out more on our Gyms page.

The Bujin karate club based at The Pods practices the style Wado Ryu. The main elements of the training are Kata and Kumite.

Karate training times
Beginners (aged 8+) 6pm to 7pm
Advanced(aged 8+) 7pm to 9pm

Like basketball, netball is a fast-paced sport played by two teams of seven players. The aim is to try to pass the ball through the court then shoot it through a high hoop.

A great sport for developing speed, agility, coordination and teamwork.

Our courts are available to hire for casual one-off games and block bookings. Each booking is for one hour on the hour.

A fun game for all the family, short tennis helps develop technique, tactics and understanding on a manageable sized court. Great for all ages and as energetic as you want to make it.

Prices include racket hire.

We operate five swimming pools in North Lincolnshire and offer a wide range of swimming sessions.

  • Ancholme Leisure Centre – five lane, 25 metre pool with separate teaching pool.
  • Axholme North Leisure Centre – four lane, 25 metre pool
  • Baysgarth Community Hub – four lane, 20 metre pool.
  • Riddings Community Hub – six lane, 25 metre pool.
  • The Pods – eight lane, 25 metre pool with separate teaching pool.

Swimming is great fun at any age. Whether you want to learn to swim, improve your technique, get fit or just have fun, we’re sure you’ll find a session you enjoy.

For further information including booking, prices and timetables visit the swimming at your leisure centre page

Swimlincs Home Portal is a free to use service and once you have registered; you can view your child’s swimming lesson progress from the comfort of your home. Visit the swimming lessons page for more details

A game based on tennis, played with small bats and a hollow ball across a table divided by a net. Can be played by two or four players.

Great for improving hand-eye coordination and general fitness levels.

Price includes hire of equipment.

Volleyball is a energetic sport played by two teams of six players, using tactics, agility and power to outwit the opposition and ground the ball on their side of the court.

Our courts are available to hire for casual one-off games or block bookings. Each booking is for one hour on the hour.


Open to visitors and centre users, The Hub café provides a good range of breakfasts, snacks, sandwiches and paninis, fruit granola pots, jacket potatoes, and cakes. It also serves Lavazza coffee, speciality teas, hot chocolate and soft drinks.

Café opening times

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am to 3.30pm

The Pods provides the ideal location for business meetings, conferences, workshops and seminars.

Facilities available:

  • Meeting rooms situated on the ground floor, and the first floor overlooking the pool
  • Managed reception to greet your guests
  • Lift access
  • Free Wi-Fi connection
  • Hearing loop
  • Projector, laptop and smart board in first floor room
  • Conference telephone
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Free on site parking
  • On site catering and café

Our meeting rooms are available to hire Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 6pm.

On-site catering is available, ranging from full buffets and working lunches to teas and coffees. Catering can be booked in addition to the hire of the room.

If you’d like to hire our facilities you can submit a booking request using our online form. You can find hire charges on the NL Active prices page.


  • Meet & Greet (if you require this assistance please contact the centre prior to your visit)
  • Hearing Loop
  • Assistance Dog Amenities (Water, others)
  • Changing Places Toilet (CPT)
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Low Counter
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Lift
  • Disabled Parking
  • Accessible Rooms
  • Step-free access
  • Accessible Toilet with hoist
  • Automatic doors
  • Pool Hoist 
  • Accessible Changing Rooms
  • Accessible Changing Rooms with hoist

Please contact the site prior to your visit if you have any specific accessibility requirements or would like more information. Our Exercise Referral programme supports people with long term health conditions to become more active and improve their health and wellbeing. You can find more information on all of our health programmes here.

Contact details


01724 291900

The Pods
Ashby Road
North Lincolnshire
DN16 1AA

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 6am to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 5pm

The last time of entry to our facilities is 1 hour before closing.