Why us

At Martlesham Leisure, we’re proud to offer exceptional facilities, classes and staff know-how, but also a welcoming and friendly environment which makes you feel truly valued as a member.

Our people

Whilst all instructors in the gym team are available for inductions and programme changes, we do offer personal training at an additional charge. Having a personal trainer with you at each session, will help you stay focused on your routine and ensure you work to the best of your ability whether you just want to keep fit and keep the pounds off, or run your first marathon. Whatever your goals, a personal trainer can help you achieve them.

Mark, Club manager

Associated with the club since the age of 17, Mark has not only been a well known face here, but also in regional Squash, winning 9 county championships and becoming Suffolk’s number one player, an accolade he held for many years. Recently appointed as general manager and living locally with his family the club is like a second home. Prior to this Mark was the club Squash professional for more than 30 years and still takes an active interest in the game, continuing with some of his popular coaching sessions when time allows.

Gillian, Deputy manager

With a background in HR and customer relations, Gillian has now worked for the club for many years rising to the role of Deputy Club Manager in 2018.  When not behind reception, or keeping the club running smoothly, Gillian can be found getting her daily workout in one of the early morning spin or step classes.  When not at the club she enjoys long walks with her family and dog around the local area.

James, Director

Having been at Martlesham since the opening night back in 1978, James quite literally knows the club better than anyone.  Working in the bar as a young man, he then left Suffolk for a short period of time before being drawn back to join the board of directors in 1999.  Since then James has been an integral part of behind the scenes ensuring all the numbers add up.  Outside of the club, he is a renowned business coach, mentoring many of Suffolk’s brightest business stars.

Tina, Gym manager

Passionate about exercise and having obtained numerous fitness qualifications, Tina is one half of the management team in the gym.  With a love of running, She has competed in many events including the London Marathon, The Great North Run and local 10k races. Her friendly approach, encourages all members to reach their full potential, and to enjoy their time with us.  She also inspires from the grassroots up as she leads the popular Junior Gym sessions.  

Lauren, Gym manager

Lauren joined the Team in 2011 and qualified as a YMCA and City & Guilds Level 2 Advanced Fitness Instructor & Advanced level 3 Personal Trainer with distinction. Having been a Junior Age Group Suffolk Number 1 squash player, Lauren has gone on to achieve a Club Handicap Squash title in 2007 and Ladies Squash Champion in 2008. In the past she has played football for the Ipswich Town Women’s Football Club (4 years) and also competed in the arduous Whole Hog race twice, the Race for Life 3 times and has skydived too! She now teaches Spin and is available for gym programmes and Personal Training.

Zak, Personal trainer

Zak joined Martlesham Leisure in 2016 after 7 years military service as a Royal Engineer but also helping develop and lead training programmes for recruits aspiring to be part of the Elite Airborne Forces. He is a qualified YMCA Level 2 Advanced Fitness Instructor and brings a passion for health and fitness to the team. Zak is a keen runner and cyclist and is a qualified as a SF3 ski instructor. Zak loves H.I.I.T workouts and runs a 30 minute session every Monday morning which is suitable for those with limited time.

Zak is available for gym programmes and Personal Training (including Nutritional Services) to all members – please contact him at the club to discuss your needs.

Kelly, Personal trainer

Having been a member of the club for over 10 years, Kelly took her passion for fitness to the next level and has recently qualified as a level 3 personal trainer, which in turn has led to her becoming part of the gym instructor team. She never shies away from a challenge, in particular running where she recently completed the Monte Carlo 10k.  

Ben, Personal trainer

Ben joined Martlesham Leisure in 2018 after graduating from Loughborough University and working as a Police Officer for 7 years.  He is qualified as a level 2 gym instructor and a level 3 Personal Trainer, but is currently working towards his diploma.  He played tennis for Suffolk and represented Ipswich and Suffolk in swimming, qualifying for the National Age Group Championships in three consecutive years. 

Ben is available for Personal Training sessions and teaches a Spin class on Mondays evenings.

Jenny, Fitness instructor

Jenny has four years experience teaching group exercise classes and is qualified as a level ETM instructor. She is also a level 2 fitness instructor and is available for gym programmes and is currently working towards her level 3 in Personal training.  You can often find Jenny teaching some of the clubs Spin classes too.

Squash coaching

We are delighted to announce that Josh Turmel (Level 3 Coach) has joined Martlesham Leisure as Head Professional Squash and Racketball Coach. The Suffolk County player is an experienced Level 3 Squash and Racketball coach, ex-PSA World Tour player and 5 times Suffolk U19 Champion.

Josh can provide Squash and Racketball coaching for players of all ages and levels as individuals, pairs or groups.


Every weekday, from 9.30am until 12.00noon, we provide a safe, caring and fun environment for your children.

Our highly qualified staff welcome children from 0 through to 6 years of age, and they’ll be sure to keep them busy with activities including soft play and creative crafts.

Our team all have NVQ Level III certification, ensuring you’ll feel confident to leave your child in safe hands, while you take a class, pop for a swim, or indulge in a leisurely spa session.

Members: £4.00 for 1 Child, £7.00 for 2 and £9.50 for 3 Non-Members: £6.00 for 1 Child, £9.00 for 2 and £11.00 for 3.

Lounge and restaurant

Our comfortable lounge and restaurant makes an ideal setting for relaxing after exercise and to meet up with friends and family.