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VW Aled Lewis

Aled is 21 years old and in his third year at university studying Sports Coaching.  After helping out at PE classes in Abertillery Comprehensive School, Aled joined the volunteering programme with our Inspire Sports Development team.

Within six months he had completed his CSLA Level 2 Award and taken on the responsibility of running two after school clubs.

As a reward for his leadership and organisation skills, Aled was offered a paid coaching position within Aneurin Leisure and made a Gold Ambassador in the Young Ambassador programme, which aims to empower and inspire young people to become leaders through sport. 

In addition to these achievements, Aled is now also leading on the Aneurin Leisure Inspire Volunteer or the Year Awards and is the lead member of our six Blaenau Gwent Gold Ambassadors.

Aled said of his experiences; “I feel lucky for the opportunities I have been given, the diversity of the roles I have will benefit my lifelong career plan.  Now I am highly motivated, and enjoy the difference I am making to young people as well as gaining experience.”

For more information on volunteering opportunities with our Inspire Sports Development team visit the team’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/bginspire/ or email neil.vincent@aneurinleisure.org.uk

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 Aneurin Leisure Aquathlon

On Saturday 20th May Ebbw Vale Sports Centre hosted the first ever Aneurin Leisure Aquathlon which saw a total of 46 people from all over the County Borough competing.

The event was open to anyone over the age of 12 who wanted to participate and consisted of a 400 metre swim in the pool at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre followed by a 5K run along a road circuit around the Works Site.

Alun King finished in first place for the Men’s category with a time of 25 minutes and 23 seconds and Charlotte Ralph finished first in the Women’s category with a time of 28 minutes and 21 seconds. 

Both winners were presented with a voucher for a month’s free life membership to the three Blaenau Gwent based Sports Centres at Abertillery, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar by Philip Matthews from the Inspire Sports Development Team and Sian Hughes from the Board of Aneurin Leisure Trustees.

 Aneurin Leisure Aquathlon Winners

Pictured left to right are: Philip Matthews, Alun King, Charlotte Ralph and Sian Hughes

Anthony Hughes, Managing Director of Aneurin Leisure said of the event: “It was great to see so many people coming out to support our first Aquathlon event for the Trust last weekend.  This is our second sporting event of this type, following on from our highly successful Festive 5K Run last December, and although the day presented some challenges for our competitors, the exuberant atmosphere and spirit of competition was truly inspirational. 

The event proved to be hugely popular and drew lots of positive feedback from participants and audience members alike.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all our staff, competitors, supporters and volunteers for all their efforts to make the day such a success.”

Feedback from our supporters included:

“Absolutely fab event! Thank you so much to the organisers and the fab marshals!” – Nicola

“Fantastic event, thanks very much!” – Jessica

“Fab event, very well organised.  Look forward to more events including kids in sport.” – Sherril


Aneurin Leisure Aquathlon – Final Results

Position

Number

Time

Name

1

36

00:25:23

Alun King

2

43

00:26:04

Joshua Wakefield

3

28

00:27:04

Ashley Owen

4

44

00:27:21

Paul Robbin

5

35

00:27:49

Andrew Brasington

6

23

00:28:13

Matthew Chard

7

27

00:28:21

Charlotte Ralph

8

42

00:28:26

Tomos Savage-Taylor

9

29

00:29:00

Paul Thomas

10

24

00:29:18

Hattie Cox

11

18

00:29:38

Stephen Williams

12

22

00:30:22

Lee Richards

13

37

00:30:37

Isobelle Brasington

14

20

00:31:07

Matthew Flower-John

15

41

00:31:15

Madison Lovell

16

46

00:31:57

Cyril Williams

17

34

00:32:15

Anthony Hughes

18

30

00:32:28

Phoebe Russell

19

12

00:32:33

Gareth Williams

20

13

00:33:34

Aaron Farmer

21

40

00:33:47

Molly Palin

22

45

00:34:12

Bethan Cambell

23

38

00:34:17

Rebekah Ramsey

24

17

00:34:18

Thomas Morgan

25

14

00:34:21

Gareth Edwards

26

33

00:35:04

Tahnee Jones

27

15

00:36:30

Jessica Appleby

28

8

00:36:39

Lucy Jones

29

31

00:37:47

Jodie Pontin

30

5

00:37:50

Victoria Price

31

26

00:38:16

Nicola Richard

32

16

00:39:18

Helen Tilston

33

7

00:39:23

Claire Jones

34

10

00:39:29

Evonne Forsey

35

25

00:42:27

Stephanie Evans

36

32

00:42:40

Catrin Thomas

37

4

00:42:54

Adele Ferguson

38

11

00:43:33

Joanne Watts

39

6

00:43:37

Linda Brewer

40

3

00:43:43

Hayley Edwards

41

1

00:52:11

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Here are the opening times for all our Aneurin Leisure venues this weekend:





Sunday 28th May



Monday 29th May

Abertillery Sports Centre

Swimming

Adults 8.15am - 9am

Public 9am - 1pm



Swimming Lessons 8:30am - 9.30am

& 1pm - 4pm



Gym

8.30am – 6.15pm

Closed

Bedwellty House & Park



Open as normal

Open as normal

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre

Open as normal

Fitness Suite

8am - 4pm



Health Suite

8am - 3.30pm



Outdoor Pitches

8am - 4pm



Swimming Pool

10am - 3pm

Learning Action Centres



Closed

Closed

Libraries



Closed

Closed

Parc Bryn Bach



Open as normal

Open as normal

The Met



Closed

Closed

Tredegar Sports Centre



Open as normal

Closed





All our venues will re-open as normal on Tuesday 30th May 2017



For more information please contact:



Abertillery Sports Centre: 01495 357779       Bedwellty House & Park: 01495 353370

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre: 01495 357777       Parc Bryn Bach: 01495 355920         

Tredegar Sports Centre: 01495 353395
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Whitsun Montage

We’ve got lots of wonderful Whitsun fun for children of all ages at Aneurin Leisure this month, whether you’d like to get creative with some messy play, enrich your imagination with some storytelling, find your next adventure or get active with a range of sports – we have something for everyone!

Throughout the Whitsun holidays each of our libraries at Abertillery, Brynmawr, Blaina, Cwm and Tredegar will have free character hunt activities for children to keep them entertained as they pick out their holiday reading choices.  There will also be free Storytime sessions at Cwm Library on 2nd June from 3pm – 4pm and at Tredegar Library on 3rd June from 10.30am – 11.30am.  Ebbw Vale Library will also have some face painting fun on 1st June from 10am – 12pm and 3pm – 5pm (£1 per child) and lots of children’s activities happening throughout the day.

Come and celebrate National Picnic Week at Bedwellty House & Park with our very special Teddy Bears Picnic Family Fun Day on Tuesday 30th May for ages 3+.  Throughout the week we also have messy play with Goldilocks Makes a Mess on Wednesday 31st May (suitable for under 3’s) and Louby Lou’s Storytelling and Build a Bear Workshop on Thursday 1st June for children aged 5+.  For more information call 01495 353397 or visit www.bedwelltyhouseandpark.co.uk

For the young adventure seekers out there Parc Bryn Bach will be hosting five days of exciting Adventure Activities from 30th May to 2nd June.  Activities include canoeing, bush craft, climbing, archery, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, caving, laser tag and gorge walking.  The activity days are suitable for ages 8 - 12 years and cost just £15 per person, which includes expert tuition from our qualified instructors, return transport to activity sites and all equipment.  For more information call 01495 355920 or visit www.parcbrynbach.co.uk

If you’d like to develop your sports skills this Whitsun, our three Sports Centres are offering the perfect opportunity with a range of Netball, Rugby and Football camps, including the prestigious Cardiff City Soccer School which will be returning to Ebbw Vale Sports Centre on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd June, to book online visit  www.cardiffcityfoundation.org.uk

If you’re little footballers would prefer to play a game with their friends rather than attend a skills camp, all our Sports Centres are also offering Pay & Play on their Astro Turf pitches for just £1 per person between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday (subject to availability).

The fun doesn’t end there though; at Abertillery Sports Centre we also have a Streetgames session for children aged 8+ on 31st May and an Inflatable Fun session with A1 Jump and Bounce on 2nd June for children from birth to 12 years.

If wheels are more your thing we have a variety of sessions for children to enjoy with their scooters; bring your scooters, skates, heelies and skateboards and join our Roller Disco at Abertillery Sports Centre on 1st June or try our Ramps and Scooters sessions at Tredegar Sports Centre on 1st and 2nd June.

For more information visit www.bglife.co.uk or call your local Sports Centre on Abertillery 01495 357779, Ebbw Vale 01495 357777 and Tredegar 01495 355958. 

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MHAW Reading List 

Since it's Mental Health Awareness Week we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some great authors who explore a variety of mental health issues in their writing: -

- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

- 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

- The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Join your local library to get access to a wide range of free books, e-books and e-magazines!

Join online at http://aneurinleisure.org.uk/heritage/libraries

 

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