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VW Lowri Suter

Lowri first started volunteering for the Us Girls programme at the school based sessions at Abertillery Comprehensive.

After quickly gaining confidence, Lowri was soon able to deliver activities within the sessions and helped to establish the Us Girls community club at Abertillery Youth Centre, where she now volunteers on a weekly basis.

Since becoming a volunteer and starting her Us Girls journey, Lowri’s confidence has soared, enabling her to join the gym and compete in her first 5k run at Brecon.

Hannah Winmill from the Us Girls Project said; “Lowri is an asset to the Us Girls programme in Blaenau Gwent, supporting both the school based and community sessions. She’s enthusiastic, reliable and great with the girls! I couldn’t ask for any more from her as a volunteer.”

Lowri said of her experience; “I enjoy volunteering with Us Girls as it’s great to see the girls having fun.  The initiative is a great way of enabling young girls to participate comfortably in physical activity and sport without feeling self-conscious or nervous about being judged by young boys.”

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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VW BiW2 Katie

Katie joined the Bridges into Work 2 project in August 2016 as she wanted to improve her employment prospects, and after discussions with the team enrolled on a number of courses including; Food Safety Level 2, COSHH, Paediatric First Aid and Improve Your English.

Attending the courses helped Katie to improve her self-confidence and she became interested in volunteering in order to gain work experience.

Katie was interested in housekeeping, so our Bridges into Work 2 Voluntary Work Experience Officer made some enquiries and was able to secure her a voluntary placement on the housekeeping team at the Premier Inn hotel in Ebbw Vale.

Katie began volunteering in March 2017 and thrived on the placement.  Her manager at the hotel was so pleased with her progress that she was offered a permanent position within two weeks.

Katie said of her experience; “The Bridges into Work team has helped me so much I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.”

For more information on Bridges into Work 2 call 01495 355299 / 01495 355300 or email BiW2@aneurinleisure.org.uk

 

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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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