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Pupils from Tylorstown Primary and YGG Llyn-Y-Forwyn have been treated to a rugby skills master class from Welsh Rugby Union captain Alun Wyn Jones at the official re-opening of the recently refurbished Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre.

Following a significant investment of £1m, the Centre re-opened its doors on Monday, January 14, and has already proven to be hugely successful with over 3,500 people making use of the new and improved facilities so far. 

In addition to the creation of a new main entrance and a modernised reception area, the Council’s investment has delivered a number of upgrades, including:

  • A brand new, state-of-the-art fitness studio which is fully kitted-out with Technogym equipment.  The gym area is also the biggest in any of the Council-owned Leisure Centres and features a blend of free weights, machines and cardio equipment.
  • A dedicated spin studio.
  • Two indoor 3G sports pitches, which have both recently been accredited by the IRB for full contact rugby - making them the only such facilities anywhere in the Valleys and also one of only two in the South Wales area.
  • Remodelled and upgraded changing facilities.
  • Refurbished secondary hall.

Fresh from helping Wales to triumph over Italy in the Guinness Six Nations, Wales and British and Irish Lions legend Alun Wyn Jones was on hand to mark the official re-opening of the Centre.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “We were delighted to be able to welcome Alun Wyn Jones to the Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre to officially re-open the facility following the Council’s £1m investment, which has helped secure the long-term future of the Centre.

“The facilities on offer are truly first class and this has been reflected in the growth in the number of users of the Centre in the first month of its opening. Gym user numbers have substantially increased on the previous year and we are well on course to breaking our highest membership total at the Centre in the month of February. 

“In addition, the state-of-the-art indoor 3G pitches are absolutely superb and the number of bookings for use by sports clubs has also increased dramatically. Both pitches are fully accredited by the IRB for full-contact rugby, meaning that local rugby teams can continue to practice throughout the winter months, regardless of the weather. 

“These are a great complement for our outdoor 3Gsports pitches across the County - of which we have now delivered 11 and are progressing work on two others in Beddau and Penywaun - as we work towards achieving our ambition of providing a community-use 3G facility within a 3-mile radius of the home of every resident in RCT.

“This has certainly been a challenging project to undertake but we have worked closely with our contractors to ensure the scheme was completed at the highest standard and the earliest possible opportunity, and I’d like to thank both our contractors, residents and the Centre users for their co-operation whilst the work was undertaken.”

Council Leader, Councillor Andrew Morgan, added: “We have now undertaken significant investment schemes in all of our Council-owned Leisure Centres to offer the best possible fitness packages to our residents right across the County, in line with our aim to create a healthy and active RCT.

“I think it’s fair to say that the usage figures for the Fach since its re-opening speak for themselves, as from the 14th January, over 3,500 people have made use of the state-of-the-art facilities.  To put that in to context, last year the Centre welcomed around 2,000 users in January, so to have comfortably exceeded this figure within two weeks of opening - as 2,800 attended in the last two weeks of January alone - pays testament to the quality of the facility and its importance in the local community.

“Our Leisure for Life membership offers a huge number of benefits at a competitive rate and we have recently taken the decision to remove both joining and induction fees to help encourage more of our residents to take advantage of the fantastic range of facilities on offer.”

The Council’s Leisure for Life membership continues to grow as more and more people are heading to Council-run leisure facilities. In response to demand, the Council continues to recognise leisure as a priority area for investment. 

Leisure for Life members have inclusive access to all of the Council’s leisure centres, as well as access to a choice of over 250 fitness classes each week. 

Signing up to Leisure for Life has never been easier – it is just one click away! There are now thousands of Leisure for Life members across RCT, all making the most of state-of-the-art leisure facilities across the County Borough.

Booking classes and sessions has also never been easier - you can now do this via the Leisure for Life APP.

For more details about the Council’s leisure facilities, classes, Leisure for Life membership options and more, visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/leisure.

To download the new Leisure for Life APP, and for more information about its benefits, click here.

Posted on Tuesday 12th February 2019

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