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At Aneurin Leisure we are committed to improving community life and with that in mind we will be reducing the prices of our Concessionary and Student life memberships from £20 per month to £17.50, in the hope that we can make them more accessible to members of our local communities.


Our concessionary life membership is for those on Income or Employment Support, PIP, Job Seekers Allowance or Disability Living Allowance (for a full list of eligibility criteria please call 01495 355958).  Anyone currently in full time education (regardless of age) is eligible for our Student life membership.

As a Trust, we have also decided to freeze the prices of our Single, Double and Family life memberships.

All of our life memberships are unlimited and all inclusive (terms and conditions apply) offering access to:

·         100+ fitness classes including Les Mills

·         Lifestyle Studio

·         Free Weights *Terms and conditions apply*

·         3 Swimming Pools

·         Racquet Sports

·         Health Suite *Terms and conditions apply*

·         Free Gym Induction

·         Free Parking


We would like to take the opportunity to thank our customers and visitors for their support.

For more information on any of our memberships please call our Customer Advisor Team on 01495 355958 or pop into one of our three Sports Centres at Abertillery, Tredegar or Ebbw Vale and have a chat with a member of staff.

Don't forget we have a huge array of services and events taking place across Aneurin Leisure, so don't forget to like our facebook page!

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For many students of all ages, the weeks and months leading up to exams can be a challenging and stressful time, but recent studies have shown that regular exercise can also boost mental performance as well as improving physical health, making it a vital element in helping students with revision and exam preparation.


With this in mind, we have reduced the cost of our Student life membership to just £17.50 per month, and introduced a fantastic Easter holidays offer of £9.99, which you can sign up to from the 5th April, ready for the start of the holidays on 8th April – that’s 2 weeks membership for just £9.99! 

The benefits of regular exercise are well known, not only does it improve your general health and wellbeing it can also reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.  But less well known are the benefits to our mental health and brain function that regular exercise can affect.

Exercise increases the production of a whole host of natural hormones that improve your mental wellbeing and help with revision including; serotonin, which helps to regulate your sleep cycles and boost your mood; dopamine, which positively influences learning by increasing your attention span and norepinephrine, which can improve your motivation and mental stimulation.

Regular aerobic exercise has also been found to directly stimulate the hippocampus, the part of the brain that deals with learning and memory systems, which means that taking a break from your studies to exercise could have memory boosting effects.

In addition to aiding brain function and cognition, exercise is also a great way to combat the stress and anxiety caused by upcoming exams.  Virtually any type of exercise from aerobics to yoga can act as a stress reliever as physical activity increases the production endorphins, the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters.  This in turn can boost self-confidence, reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress and improve your quality of sleep.

Our Student life membership, normally £20 per month, is now just £17.50, that’s just over 50p per day.  Giving you full access during public opening hours to all three Sports Centres, including swimming, gym, group exercise classes, racquet sports – an All Inclusive Membership!

So if you are in full time education and studying for your exams especially, then please call us on 01495 355958 to start your life journey.

 

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Red Nose Day

On Friday 24th March 2017, 27 determined runners and 4 cyclists from Aneurin Leisure took part in an epic 30 mile challenge around Blaenau Gwent to raise money for Red Nose Day.

The runners set off at 9am from Aneurin Leisure’s central base at the Regain Building on the Works Site in Ebbw Vale, running through Cwm, Aberbeeg, Abertillery, Blaina, Brynmawr, and Tredegar before returning back to Ebbw Vale just six hours later.

The core team of 10 runners were made up of members of staff from all over Aneurin Leisure as well as life members from our three Sports Centres, who were joined at various stages along the 30 mile route by another 17 eager runners from Aneurin Leisure and the Sports Centres, who together have raised approximately £1,100 so far for Red Nose Day.

Throughout the day, the group stopped at a variety of Aneurin Leisure venues across Blaenau Gwent to get some much needed refreshments and collect donations, and were astounded by the amount of support they received from everyone, even people on the streets who cheered them on as they passed.

If you’d like to show your support for the team you can still make a donation to their Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/ANEURINLEISURE?

Anthony Hughes, Managing Director of Aneurin Leisure said of the challenge: “It was such an inspiring experience to join the group on their 30 mile challenge today and help raise money for such a worthy cause.  I would like to congratulate everyone who took part and thank all our supporters for their encouragement and kind donations.”

Ashley Owen, Sport & Fitness Manager at Aneurin Leisure, and one of the runners to complete the 30 mile challenge added:It was fantastic to see so many of our customers participating alongside staff and supporting such a worthy cause.  Many thanks to all those that contributed to the event, from Aneurin Leisure staff, our customers, support cyclists and the wider community.”

Tom Kivell, Fitness Development Officer at Aneurin Leisure, and one of the organisers of the challenge said: “I want to thank everyone that either took part in the gruelling event or donated to the great cause. I also want to thank David Williams for coming up with the challenge. On personal reflection of the event I didn’t expect it to be that difficult, but when you train to run for 200 metres and then do a 30 mile run I guess my body was screaming for me to stop, but I was always going to complete it for a fantastic cause. I look forward to the next challenge that can again bring the community together.”

Autumn Mason, Miss Blaenau Gwent 2016, met the runners at the finish line at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre and said of the fundraising challenege: “A massive congratulations to the Aneurin Leisure team that completed their 30 mile challenge.  They’ve run more than the London marathon in just one day, and everyone crossed the line with a smile - a fantastic achievement, they should be very proud of themselves.”

Feedback from some of the runners included:

Gareth Edwards: “Great effort by everyone, met some brilliant inspiring people, it was a pleasure to be part of it.”

Zowie Tovey-Shaw: “What a fantastic day!  Brilliant support and loved every minute of it. Well done everyone.”

Hayley Edwards: “I can’t believe Zowie and I set out to do 5 miles and ended up doing 13! It was a pleasure to run with you all, well done everyone.”

Carly Turner: “Brilliant.  Thanks for all the encouragement guys today, especially Zowie Tovey-Shaw, Hayley Edwards, Gareth Edwards and Tom Kivell for all the support over the last few months… already looking forward to the next challenge.”

Hayley King: “A fab day – worth all the pain! Best start training for next year!” 


The 30 Mile Challenge Route:

§  Regain Building in Ebbw Vale to Abertillery Sports Centre (approx. 8.5 miles)

§  Abertillery Sports Centre to Brynmawr Learning Action Centre (approx. 6.2miles)

§  Brynmawr Learning Action Centre to Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar (approx. 7.2miles)

§  Parc Bryn Bach to Bedwelty House, Tredegar (approx. 2.5miles)

§  Bedwelty House to Tredegar Sports Centre (approx. 0.5miles)

§  Tredegar Sports Centre to Ebbw Vale Sports Centre (approx. 5miles)

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Comic Relief 30 Mile Challenge

Pictured Left to Right: Tom Kivell, Danielle Phillips and Ashley Owen of Aneurin Leisure

On Friday 24th March 2017, nine intrepid members of staff from Aneurin Leisure are planning a mammoth 30 mile run across Blaenau Gwent to raise money for Comic Relief.

The gruelling route starts at Aneurin Leisure’s central base at the Regain Building on the Works Site in Ebbw Vale and travels to Abertillery, Brynmawr and Tredegar before returning again to Ebbw Vale, where the 30 mile circuit will finish at the Sports Centre.

The team of runners are; David Williams aged 30 from Blaina, Tom Kivell aged 27 from Beaufort, Ashley Owen aged 50 from Tredegar, Danielle Phillips aged 32 from Brynmawr, Martin Thomas aged 28 from Ebbw Vale, Gareth Winmill aged 26 from Abertillery, Hannah Winmill aged 22 from Abertillery, Matthew Chard aged 37 from Ebbw Vale and Gethin Rose aged 44 from Ebbw Vale.

The team will be stopping off at a selection of Aneurin Leisure venues along the route to promote their fundraising challenge, chat to supporters and get some much needed refreshments. 

Tom Kivell, one of the organisers of the challenge said; “David Williams and I have both done endurance fitness challenges to raise money for charities in the past; David has cycled 150 miles for Sport Relief and I’ve cycled 130 miles for Children in Need, so this year we thought we would make it more of a challenge by putting on our running shoes and embarking on a 30 mile run around Blaenau Gwent to raise money for Comic Relief.

The support so far has been fantastic from everyone; we already have a number of other staff members that have pledged to join us, as well as some of our life members from the Sports Centres, so it’s going to be an amazing joint effort.”

If you’d like to show your support for the team you can make a donation to their Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/ANEURINLEISURE? or even come along to one of our venues and cheer them on!


The Route:

§  Stage 1: Start 9am - Regain Building in Ebbw Vale to Abertillery Sports Centre (8.4 miles approx. time 1 hour and 10 minutes)

§  Stage 2: Start 10:30am - Abertillery Sports Centre to Brynmawr Learning Action Centre (6.2miles approx. time 1hr) 

§  Stage 3: Start 11:50am - Brynmawr Learning Action Centre to Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar (7.2miles approx. time 1hr 10mins)

§  Stage 4: Start 1:20pm – Parc Bryn Bach to Bedwelty House, Tredegar (2.5miles approx. time 20-30mins)

§  Stage 5: Start 2pm - Bedwelty House to Tredegar Sports Centre (0.5miles approx. time 10mins)

§  Stage 6: Start 2:30pm - Last leg from Tredegar Sports Centre to Ebbw Vale Sports Centre (5miles approx. time 1hr)

§  Finish at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre at approximately 3:30pm - 4pm.



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Libraries Digital Communities Award

Pictured left to right are: Jonathan Levy from Class Networks, Allyson Roberts, Tracy Jones and Donna Hardman from Blaenau Gwent Libraries, Sian Lloyd BBC Presenter and Matt Lloyd from Digital Communities Wales.

Blaenau Gwent Libraries Service has recently been commended for its very popular digital inclusion services which are delivered across all six libraries throughout Blaenau Gwent.

The service was nominated for the Digital Inclusion Award at the annual Third Sector Awards Cymru, organised by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, which took place in St David’s Hotel, Cardiff on Thursday 16th February.  Out of twenty five entrants from all over Wales, Blaenau Gwent Libraries Service was proud to receive the runner up award.

Supported by Class Networks, the annual Third Sector Awards Cymru honours the hard work and inspirational achievements of the third sector in Wales.

Matthew Lloyd, Senior Coordinator for Digital Communities Wales and judge for the Digital Inclusion Award, said: “Digital Communities Wales is delighted to sponsor the new Digital Inclusion Award this year. We received over 25 excellent entries from across Wales, with an impressive variety of digital inclusion engagement projects.   We would like to thank and congratulate all entrants that are helping to make a positive difference to the lives of people in Wales through their digital inclusion work."

Tracy Jones, Library Services Manager for Aneurin Leisure added; “The service is extremely proud to be awarded runner-up, particularly as the calibre of the other entrants was at such a high level.  It has given us recognition for our contribution to tackling the digital divide in Blaenau Gwent by working with a range of partners and volunteers to provide vital IT support.”


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