Monday, September 25, 2017

Take a look at plans for new-look Wrexham leisure centre here

Wrexham Council and partners Freedom Leisure are in the middle of a long-running plan to improve leisure facilities across the area.

The two entered into a contract last spring, with Freedom Leisure taking over the management of four leisure and activity centres and five dual-use sports facilities.

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Since then, the council and Freedom Leisure have embarked on a £2.7 million investment, with revamps planned for all four centres – as well as new 3G pitches at sites across the area.

The improvements, bringing in state-of-the-art gym equipment and new facilities, will give members new ways to get fit.

Cllr Paul Rogers, Lead Member for Youth Services and Anti-Poverty, with responsibility for Leisure, said: “I recently opened the new and improved facilities at the Gwyn Evans Leisure Centre in Gwersyllt, and the Queensway Stadium in Caia Park.

“Gwyn Evans underwent more than £50,000 of improvements, while the Queensway Stadium had more than £80,000.

“I was really impressed with the improvements at both – but these are just part of the ongoing improvements being carried out by ourselves at Wrexham Council and Freedom Leisure.”

A full schedule of improvements is planned for Chirk and Waterworld, with a combined investment of more than £2 million for both

Andy Harris, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, adds: “The first half of this year has certainly been busy with the many different improvements being made to these wonderful community facilities in Wrexham.

“Two new 3G pitches and three gym refurbishments down, we have a third brand new 3G pitch at Morgan Llwyd Leisure & Activity Centre, leaving us with the grand unveiling of the major improvements at Waterworld at the end of summer!

“We operate these facilities in partnership with the council, and are hugely grateful for the investment they are making to improve them – we’re more than just a leisure centre operator and pride ourselves on engendering active communities.”

Freedom Leisure has unveiled CG images of the new-look Waterworld, with a video available here…

Wrexham Council and Freedom Leisure are also happy to announce that, outside of the planned improvement works, a new lift is in place at Waterworld.

The original lift was broken for some time. Attempts to repair the lift weren’t successful, and it was decided that a new lift be installed to make sure all centre users could continue to access facilities on the first floor.

Cllr Rogers added: “I’m also very pleased to see the new lift in operation at Waterworld – centre users have been very patient while the former lift was replaced, and they should be thanked for that.”

Andy Harris, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, said: “I’d like to echo Cllr Rogers’ thanks to Waterworld customers for their patience during this time. As I’ve noted before, us having the lift out of order for so long definitely did not serve our interests, and we wanted there to be a working lift up and running at Waterworld as soon as possible.

“Centre users have been very patient throughout the work on the lift, and I’m glad to report their patience has been rewarded by having the lift in service much earlier than we expected.”

For more information, check out www.freedom-leisure.co.uk

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Source: https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/take-a-look-at-plans-for-new-look-wrexham-leisure-centre-here/ (Wed Aug 30th 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

Let's Get Digital, Digital!

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All things digital will be celebrated in a ‘festival' at Central Library Hub next week.

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No wellies or glow-sticks are required for Digifest, a special event on Saturday, September 9 organised by Cardiff Library Service and Adult Community Learning Service.

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The digital fun from 10am to 5pm will include information stalls, seminars and workshops with activities available to suit a variety of ages and capabilities.

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The day will also provide an opportunity for people to enrol on a wide variety of Adult Community Learning courses including courses for help people gain skills they need to get back into work, exciting courses from crafts to computers and as well as accessible learning opportunities for adults with additional needs.

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Workshops in the festival include an ‘Appy hour' for all those confused by just what their smartphone or tablet can do, Minecraft club for children to build and explore their own world in a safe, offline environment, a local ancestry and family history workshop with Glamorgan Family History Society, a social media seminar, 3D printing demonstration, digital garden design and much more.

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Visitors to the library will also be able to find out about the latest cutting edge photography equipment available, learn about the latest virtual reality technology to help people gain an understanding of what it is like to suffer from dementia and lots of information about the activities and resources on offer in Cardiff Libraries.

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Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "Digifest is a great initiative by Cardiff Libraries and Adult Community Learning to help people find out more about every day technology, how to get the best out of it and how to enjoy using it. There's a packed schedule of innovative activities running throughout the day for real novices to those who already embrace technology in their lives but want to learn more.

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Let's get digital, digital! ; All things digital will be celebrated in a ‘festival' at Central Library Hub next week. ; No wellies or glow-sticks are required for Digifest, a special event on Saturday, September 9 organised by Cardiff Library Service and Adult Community Learning Service. ; The digital fun from 10am to 5pm will in...

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