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Congratulations to Scott Morris, from our Inspire Sports Development team, for successfully completing his fundraising challenge of 7 Olympic distance triathlons over 7 days to raise money for Neuroblastoma UK.

The challenge took place across our three Sports Centres at Abertillery, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar, with the final finish line at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community Primary Phase.

Each intensive Triathlon consisted of a 1500 metre swim, 24 mile bike ride and a 10 kilometre run – which means that over 7 days Scott swam 10,500 metres, cycled 168 miles and ran 70 kilometres!

Scott undertook the challenge in memory of a little girl called Eva, and this is her mother’s story…

"My beautiful little girl Eva (known fondly as Eva Diva) was diagnosed in February 2016 (age 6) with a rare aggressive children’s cancer, called Neuroblastoma which was located in her abdomen.

Neuroblastoma is the second most common solid tumour in children, with around 100 children in the UK diagnosed each year.

Her battle with this aggressive form of cancer lasted 15 months. Eva's strength was incredible and she never complained. After numerous rounds of chemotherapy, major surgery and radiotherapy, Eva's cancer could not be cleared from her bone marrow and she developed secondary tumours throughout her little body. She was sadly taken from us in May 2017 when she lost her battle, but her strength, courage and humour will never be forgotten."

If you’d like to make a donation please visit Scott’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/scott-morris7
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Could your community sport project benefit from up to £1,500 in funding?

Each year Sport Wales work in partnership with the 22 Local Authorities in Wales to provide funding to help community sport projects increase their participation levels and improve their standards through the Community Chest grant scheme.

Who can apply for a Community Chest grant? Any group that holds an account (be it a Bank, Building Society or Credit Union account), in their organisation's name. This could include sports clubs or associations, youth clubs or community groups.

If you’re based in Blaenau Gwent and would like to apply for a Community Chest Grant, but need some help with the application process, come along to our FREE Funding Workshop on Tuesday 19th June from 6.30pm – 8pm at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre.

Our Inspire Sports Development staff will also be on hand throughout the workshop to offer advice on how you can develop your club or organization.

To book a free workshop space please contact Chris Garrett on 01495 353394 or 07773 312662 or email him at chris.garrett@aneurinleisure.org.uk

For more information on the Community Chest funding scheme visit http://sport.wales/funding--support/our-grants/community-chest.aspx
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The Ebbw Vale Learning Action Centre Wednesday night Photography Class has recently enjoyed some excellent outdoor practical sessions to Dunraven Bay and Pontneddfechan waterfalls.

The class which has been running at the centre for ten years under the stewardship of Phillip Slaughter continues to thrive and the examination results stay amongst the highest in the country, but it’s much more than about the grades.

The class caters for the beginner to the experienced enthusiast, there is no competition, everyone works with everyone else to make the class the success it is and the reason why so many learners return year on year.

Mindfulness and wellbeing are two keywords that many are familiar with today and I speak from my personal experience of how this class helped me through a difficult period of my life when I was living on haemodialysis, the Wednesday night class gave me a focus and walking into the lesson you knew you were amongst friends and could catch up on the week gone by.

It has been a couple of years since I completed my last qualification with Phillip, but we have continued to keep in touch and he has always been on hand to offer advice when needed.

Since becoming a Trustee of Aneurin Leisure following my election to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, I have been eager to join the class on an outdoor session, the unprecedented inclement weather put it on hold, but eventually when it happened, it was well worth the wait, visiting such picturesque locations as Dunraven Bay and the waterfalls at Pontneddfechan has certainly whetted my appetite and I look forward to enrolling to the class for 2018/19 in September.

For more information on courses and clubs available at our Learning Action Centres please call 01495 355300

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Star Wars Montage

This Whitsun half term we’re inviting people of all ages to join us in a galaxy far, far way for our unique Star Wars Themed Afternoon Tea Experiences at Bedwellty House & Park in Tredegar.

This fantastic two hour dining experience is available throughout half term week and takes place in our specially decorated dining room, where visitors can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea featuring a selection of inventive Star Wars themed cakes, sweets and savoury treats.

We've got everything from Wookiee Cookies and Carbonite Crunch to little BB8’s and Skywalker Scones, so whatever your age, whether you're a Jedi or a Sith, we have something for everyone!

Throughout their visit guests will also have the opportunity to entertain themselves with a variety of themed craft activities, including a Storm Trooper treasure trail around Bedwellty House.

Here’s what some of our visitors have said about their experience so far:

“We had an amazing time at the Star Wars themed afternoon tea. Superb decorations, really impressive! Service was brilliant, so friendly! We look forward to returning for many more.”

“I love this theme everything on the display was delicious and very good quality. The attention to detail is FANTASTIC.”

“Absolutely beautiful tea, again!”

The cost for the afternoon tea experience is £18 per person for adults and children aged 5+, children under 5 years can pay £5 to participate in the activities and share an afternoon tea with a full paying adult.

For more information or to make a booking call us on 01495 353397

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bank holiday

Here are our opening times for all our Aneurin Leisure venues for Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018:


Abertillery Sports Centre - Closed

 
Bedwellty House & Park – Open as normal, for any enquiries please call 01495 353397

 
Ebbw Vale Sports Centre – Gym is open 8am-4pm, and the Pool from 10am-3pm, for any enquiries please call 01495 357777

 
Learning Action Centres – Closed

 
Libraries - Closed

 
Parc Bryn Bach - Open as normal, for any enquiries please call 01495 355920

 
The Met – Closed

 
Tredegar Sports Centre - Closed


All our venues will re-open as normal on Tuesday 29th May 2018.
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Fundraising Challenge for Neuroblastoma UK
Congratulations to Scott Morris, from our Inspire Sports Development team, for successfully completing his fundraising challenge of 7 Olympic distance...
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Funding Opportunities for Community Sport Projects
Could your community sport project benefit from up to £1,500 in funding? Each year Sport Wales work in partnership with the 22 Local Authorities in Wa...
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Guest Blog from Lee Parsons
The Ebbw Vale Learning Action Centre Wednesday night Photography Class has recently enjoyed some excellent outdoor practical sessions to Dunraven Ba...
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