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Sport Awards Poster

Next month we'll be hosting the first annual Aneurin Leisure Sports Awards of the Year at Bedwellty House & Park in Tredegar to recognise the fantastic work individuals and sports clubs do to promote and deliver sport to the people of Blaenau Gwent.

Do you know an individual or sports club that could be nominated for one of the following categories?

Outstanding Achievement Award

This for an individual who has demonstrated great enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to making a significant impact on the provision of sport within their community.

Club of the Year

This award recognises the work that clubs within the community are doing to provide opportunities and provision of sport for everyone.

To download a nomination form click here.

All nominations should be for achievements between 1st January – 31st December 2017.

For more information contact Neil Vincent on 01495 354716 or email neil.vincent@aneurinleisure.org.uk

The Closing date for nominations is Monday 29th January 2018.
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Join us at Bedwellty House & Park on Thursday 22nd March for a special evening with two of Welsh Rugby’s finest; Shane Williams and Ryan Jones, as they share their stories of life both on and off the pitch with host, former Ospreys Coach and TV and Radio rugby expert, Sean Holley.

Guests will be treated to a red carpet arrival and welcome drinks at the iconic Grade II listed venue before sitting down to enjoy a sumptuous three course meal.  After dinner, experienced television and radio presenter Sean Holley will introduce the evening’s special guests, and take the audience in a journey into the professional world of Welsh rugby.

Shane Williams MBE had a long and successful tenure as a wing for the Ospreys and the Wales national team. He is the record try scorer for Wales, scoring 58 tries in 87 appearances between 2000 and 2011 and is Wales' most capped winger.  Following his retirement from international rugby in 2012, Shane has worked as a presenter on S4C's Six Nations rugby programme Y Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol, and as a pundit on BBC and ITV broadcasts as well as third party shows such as "Inside Welsh Rugby", commenting on the grassroots of Welsh rugby.

Ryan Jones is one of an elite band of players to have won three Grand Slams with Wales and also played an integral role in his country's retention of the RBS 6 Nations title in 2013.  He captained Wales in 2008, leading his team to a second Grand Slam in four years, and held the record as Wales most capped captain.  In 2016 Ryan joined the WRU executive board as Head of Rugby Participation with a remit to get more people across Wales engaged more often with rugby at all levels and in all its forms.  In doing so he represents more than 300 clubs across Wales and provides them with a voice at rugby’s top table.

Sean Holley coached rugby an the elite level for over 20 years, coaching both Ryan and Shane for many years at the Ospreys, before taking on freelance roles in the business, media and sport sectors.  Sean is currently a BBC Wales Rugby Expert working in TV and radio providing analysis, commentary & punditry, he also works on BT Sport Rugby programmes.   He hosts the Sony Award Winning weekly 'Rugby Nation Radio Show' across Nation Broadcasting stations and currently writes a monthly column in the World's biggest selling rugby publication - Rugby World, entitled 'The Analyst'.

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from these giants of Welsh Rugby, book your tickets today for An Evening with Rugby’s Finest Shane Williams and Ryan Jones hosted by Sean Holley at Bedwellty House and Park, Tredegar on Thursday 22nd March 2018

Tickets are priced at £50 and will include a welcome drink on arrival and a 3 course meal.  Call the Box Office on 01495 355945 or book online at https://aneurinleisure.ticketsolve.com/shows
 
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Are you interested in becoming a Community Health Champion?

All too often we find that community members who would like to make improvements to their health and wellbeing don’t know where to start, so we’re looking to recruit Community Health Champions who can help us in our aim to improve community life for people throughout Blaenau Gwent.

Aneurin Leisure offers a varied range of services from Sports Centres and Libraries to Adult Community Learning and Country Parks, all of which can help to improve an individual’s health and wellbeing.

Who can be a Community Champion?

·         Any Aneurin Leisure supporter

·         Anyone interested in promoting healthy lifestyles within their community

·         Anyone who wants to learn more about health


What does the Aneurin Leisure Community Champion Programme offer me?

·         Access to selected training opportunities within Aneurin Leisure

·         Learn more about health issues and Aneurin Leisure services

·         Meet new people

·         Have the right information to help you and others take steps to lead healthier lives

·         Discount on a selected range of Aneurin Leisure products

·         Opportunity to shape Aneurin Leisure services

·         Access to a social media support network


What is expected from me when I become a Community Champion?

·         Be an advocate for all Aneurin Leisure services

·         Attend events when required

·         Raise awareness of health and wellbeing within your community


Applications to become an Aneurin Leisure Community Health Champion should be submitted by Friday 22nd December.

If you’d like to know more about our Community Health Champion Programme or would like to get involved, contact Victoria Price on 01495 354716 or email victoria.price@aneurinleisure.org.uk

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Jeffrey NERS

Jeffrey was signposted to the National Exercise Referral Programme from the X-Pert Diabetes programme in September 2016, hoping to improve his health and reduce the risk of becoming a Type 2 diabetic.

After a 16 week programme of regular exercise as well as information and support from the NERS team, Jeffrey has made huge improvements to his health.

Jeffrey said of his experience; “Since completing both the X-Pert Diabetes programme and NERS, I have reduced my weight by 20kg and 7 inches from my waist.  I am no longer in danger of becoming a Type 2 diabetic and my BMI is now 25! 

This has improved all aspects of my health and wellbeing, which in turn has given me greater energy and stamina for my past times, golf and rambling.

I can’t thank the staff who helped me in these programmes enough as it changed my life.”

If you'd like to know more about the National Exercise Referral Scheme call our Customer Advisor Team on 01495 368015.

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The last few months have seen curious Alice in Wonderland themed activities springing up all over Blaenau Gwent, as the Libraries Service have tumbled down the rabbit hole for a special ‘Adventures in Wonderland’ literary project.

'Adventures in Wonderland' is an exciting new library based project which for the first time combines reading, discussion and social media, all based around Lewis Caroll's famous story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The project uses a free app called 'TwLetteratura', which enables the participants to read chapters of the book across the same time period, and share their comments via a twitter based feature.  The comments can then be viewed, liked and replied to by other participants using the app.

The Libraries Service in Blaenau Gwent has worked with a range of partners, including Literature Wales, Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff University and Head4Arts to deliver this new, exciting project. 

A range of promotional activities have also been held across all our libraries, including Dementia Friendly events, coffee mornings, reading groups and children's art and craft sessions, all on the theme of Alice in Wonderland.

An end of project celebration event is being held at Abertillery Library on Monday 13th November from 3pm - 5pm which is suitable for all ages and open to everyone.  The free event will be a showcase of people's experiences and the work they produced, and also provide a variety of fun activities including face-painting, arts and crafts, storytelling and printing.  Free refreshments will also be available.

Tracy Jones, Library Services Manager said: “During the last couple of months all our libraries have held a range of workshops and events promoting our new 'Adventures in Wonderland' reading scheme. The project has enabled the service to engage with families in new, innovative ways using Alice in Wonderland themed events.   The TwLetteratura app has also been a great feature of the project - enabling people from all over Blaenau Gwent to connect and share their thoughts and comments with each on the book they’ve all been reading, whether it’s from the comfort of their own home, or at one of our group sessions.”
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