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sports-centre-update---31-July-2020

Following the Welsh Government's latest update with regard to the reopening of leisure facilities, we're delighted to confirm that Aneurin Leisure Trust, which manages Ebbw Vale Sport Centre, Tredegar Sport Centre and Abertillery Sport Centre on behalf of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, is working to make all facilities as safe as possible for customers and staff.

The centres will be reopening on a phased basis with more details available on our website and social media sites in the coming days.

Councillor Joanne Collins, the Council’s Executive Member for Education, says:

“The health and well-being of local communities is important to us and we know that people are keen to get back into their fitness and sport activities so this is very welcome news. We’ll be working closely with Aneurin Leisure Trust to support them with their plans for a phased safe re-opening of sports centres across Blaenau Gwent.”

Phill Sykes, Operations Director for Aneurin Leisure Trust said:

"We're excited that the Welsh Government has made this announcement and we can't wait to see our members back at the centres soon. Sport and leisure activities are fundamental to the wellbeing of the community and our priority is to ensure that we can provide these services to help improve community life whilst ensuring that they are as safe as possible for members."

Each of our centres will be staffed by team members for phone enquiries during the following times from Monday 3rd August:

Ebbw Vale Sport Centre: Monday - Friday 9.00am - 3.30pm

Abertillery Sport Centre: Monday - Friday 9.00am - 3.30pm

Tredegar Sport Centre: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 12noon
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Blaenau Gwent Council is renewing and strengthening its working partnership with the Aneurin Leisure Trust to continue to provide sports and cultural facilities for the people of the county borough.


The organisations will work together, supported by a robust Business Plan, to deliver high quality, sustainable and innovative services which will support the Council’s 10-year Leisure & Culture Strategy. A new Strategic Partnership Board, made up of key representatives from both organisations, will work closely together to oversee the maintenance and future growth of the leisure and culture sector in the area.


This means that the Aneurin Leisure Trust will continue to manage the following:


·         Sports centres in Abertillery, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar

·         Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar

·         Bedwellty House & Park, Tredegar

·         Adult Education Centres

·         Libraries


Councillor Joanne Collins, Executive Member for Education at Blaenau Gwent Council, says:

“I’m delighted that the Full Council has supported the move to renew and strengthen our relationship with Aneurin Leisure Trust, so that we can continue to work together to provide sustainable, high quality services for the people of Blaenau Gwent. With the approval of a new Leisure & Culture Strategy it was considered the right time to look at the future provision of these services, and a far reaching review involving elected members and industry experts was carried out. The conclusion from this was that continuing to work with the Trust, which has proven experience of running leisure services in the area and had developed a robust 10-year Business Plan, was the preferred option.


The decision gives reassurance about the future of leisure and culture services in the borough, and supports the Council’s commitment to our partnership wellbeing goals of enabling people to take healthy lifestyle choices in to improve their wellbeing. The decision will also help to safeguard many local jobs, which in this current uncertain climate is very welcome news.


We recognise the importance of continuing to provide good leisure services especially as we look to grow our economy and encourage new employment and housing to the area.”


Phill Sykes, Operations Director at Aneurin Leisure Trust said:

"This is fantastic news and we're very excited about continuing the work of Aneurin Leisure Trust across Blaenau Gwent. We're committed to delivering our 10-year Business Plan which has the overall objective of improving community life at its heart. Our different areas of expertise in Leisure, Culture and Education will serve the community in the long-term and secure employment opportunities for local residents."


The contract between the Council and the Aneurin Leisure Trust was agreed for five years – with a progress review to be carried out after three years.

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As part of a phased approach to restarting Library Services in Blaenau Gwent a new Call & Collect Service will be available from Abertillery and Ebbw Vale from next week. For anyone unable to collect from these venues, a contactless home delivery option will be available.

From Wednesday, 22nd July customers will be able to pre-arrange to collect books and other library stock from these venues safely and in line with the latest Welsh Government guidance on social distancing. The service will initially be trialled in libraries in Abertillery and Ebbw Vale, with a view to extending to other areas if successful. There will also be a home delivery option for those unable to collect.

The popular Summer Reading Challenge will also launch online later this week. Although a digital approach this year, many families will need access to physical books and this can be done through the new Call and Collect Service. All aspects of the challenge including stickers, folders etc will be digital.

Throughout the lockdown period Blaenau Gwent Libraries have continued with their digital offer and e-resources usage has increased approximately 40% compared to the same period last year, with online library membership increasing by 60% compared to the same period.

Councillor Joanne Collins, Blaenau Gwent Council’s Executive Member for Education says:

“As a Council, together with our partners, we are continuing to ease cautiously out of lockdown and slowly beginning to re-introduce services where it is safe to do so. It is important to stress, however, that services will not immediately return to the way they looked before Covid-19.

Borrowing books, physically or online, is a much more sustainable way to enjoy reading and libraries across the borough are popular with people of all ages. I’m delighted that more people have been taking advantage of the digital offer, but we acknowledge that this is not an option for everyone, and some people just like the feel of a proper book in their hands, so I’m pleased that Call & Collect and home delivery will be an option from next week.

It’s also great news that the Summer Reading Challenge will be going ahead as I know this is extremely popular with families in Blaenau Gwent and a great opportunity to top up those reading skills over the holidays ready for a return to school in September.”

Phill Sykes, Operations Director of Aneurin Leisure Trust said:

"We're working closely with Blaenau Gwent Council to work towards opening up all of our sites in line with the Welsh Government's guidance and the Call & Collect and Delivery services for libraries will enhance our online resources which have been available throughout the pandemic."

Customers will be asked to contact the Library Service to pre-arrange either collection or a contactless doorstep delivery.

The service will initially be available between Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm:

  • Call Ebbw Vale Library on 01495 355055
  • Call Abertillery library on 01495 355646
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We are very excited to launch our brand-new outdoor seating area for visitors to Bedwellty House & Park in Tredegar this week from Thursday 16th July.

Our new picnic benches will be placed outside the entrance to the Orchid House Tea Room, at socially distanced 2 metre intervals, and will provide visitors with beautiful views of the park while they enjoy our range of take away food, summer refreshments or even a cool glass of beer or wine.

This week we are also launching brand new range of Picnic Boxes which are available to pre-order before your visit, and are filled with a variety of sandwiches plus sweet and savoury treats:

Summer Picnic Box £6.75
4 sandwiches, packet of crisps, carton of juice, jam and coconut slice and a fruit pot

Deluxe Picnic Box £9.50
4 sandwiches, mini corned beef pastie, 2 chicken satay skewers, packet of crisps, bottle of Fentimans real lemonade, slice of zingy lemon cake, slice of coconut and raspberry cake and a fruit pot.

Children’s Picnic Box £4.00
2 sandwiches, packet of crisps, small packet of sweets, fruit pot, chocolate brownie chunks and a chocolate chip cookie

Each Picnic Box can be adapted for a number of dietary requirements – please be sure to tell us your dietary requirements when ordering. To place an order call 01495 353397 between 10.30am – 4pm.


The outdoor seating area will be open each week from Thursday to Sunday as follows:

·         Thursday's 11am - 4pm

·         Friday's and Saturday's 11am - 8pm

·         Sunday's 11am - 6pm


In order to keep everyone safe, we do have some important guidelines for our everyone to follow:

·         Tables must be pre-booked in advance (3 hour time slots) - Call us on 01495 353397

·         We will need a name and contact number for each table/group for track and tracing purposes

·         Social distancing guidelines must be followed at all times

·         Do not move any of the seating

·         One person to use the toilet at any time (this will be cleaned at regular intervals)

·         Please make use of the hand sanitiser provided

·         Please respect our staff and be considerate of other visitors

*If you or any member of your group are unwell or showing symptoms of coronavirus please do not visit*

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The Welsh Government has recently made changes to regulations allowing larger gatherings of up to 30 people outdoors for organised and supervised sports and other leisure activities/classes.

We have carefully examined the guidance and will be working closely with all of our sports group partners to determine a way forward which allows us to prioritise their needs and to ensure the safety for all group members and staff engaging in sport.

Some national governing bodies have also provided return-to-sport guidance and information and while we understand that many local sports clubs would like to get back to training as soon as possible, we do not feel that it is practical or safe for us to open our outdoor pitches until we have completed our consultation. There is guidance and procedures provided to sports groups to follow:


In addition to this consultation with sports groups, we are working with national governing bodies and the Welsh Government to plan the safe reopening of our sports facilities. During this time, we will be providing two new virtual classes per week – free of charge – via our Facebook and YouTube channels. We believe this is the safest way to deliver classes at this time and will be working towards a safe return to our facilities as soon as possible.

All of our membership costs are currently frozen and will remain so until we are in a position to reopen our sports facilities as fully as possible in the current situation, we don’t believe it is fair to our members to re-start these payments with minimal interaction.

We are continuing to monitor the guidance from Welsh Government and are busy preparing for the safe re-opening of all of our sport and leisure facilities and look forward to welcoming all our members and clubs back as soon as it is safe for us to do so.
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