Monday, September 25, 2017

Do you use Waterworld? Find out more about changes to the leisure centre here

Wrexham Council began a contract with Freedom Leisure last spring, with the leisure company taking on the management of four leisure and activity centres and five dual-use sports facilities.

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The improvements at Waterworld are just one part of £2.7million worth of investment made by Wrexham Council and Freedom Leisure into all four leisure facilities and new 3G pitches across the county borough.

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

The gym area at Waterworld will be closed this weekend and into the following Monday (from 5pm on Friday, August 4 to Monday, August 7) to allow for new flooring to be laid.

The gym will also be closed for further renovation and the installation of brand new equipment from Monday, August 14 to Friday, August 18 – with the new facility opened on Saturday, August 19.

Once work is completed, an official opening for the new facilities at Waterworld will take place at the centre in the autumn.

While the facilities at Waterworld are closed, why not take the opportunity to try out the upgraded facilities at Queensway, Chirk, or Gwyn Evans?

All three have seen upgrades to their own equipment as part of the £2.7million investment into leisure facilities across Wrexham.

Cllr Paul Rogers, Lead Member for Youth Services and Anti-Poverty, with responsibility for Leisure, had the opportunity to visit the centre earlier this week and see the changes being made at Waterworld.

He was given a tour of the site by centre manager Richard Milne, taking in the renovated ground-floor changing areas, and ongoing work to the gym and free weights area.

Cllr Rogers said: “Progress is coming on at great speed at Waterworld and Freedom Leisure have done everything they can in order to ensure the impact of the work has been minimal to centre users.

“I’ve been very impressed by the standard of work that’s taken place so far – the new changing rooms are a great improvement on the earlier ones, and centre users will be impressed by their new look.

“The improved gym and fitness suite will also be of massive benefit to users- they’ll be pretty much unrecognisable to users once the work is complete.”

Cllr Rogers added: “This is an excellent facility right in the heart of Wrexham, and I’m sure once it’s all finished, users will be very impressed with what’s on offer.”

Richard Milne, Centre Manager for Waterworld, said: “We’re very grateful to all customers for their patience while work has taken place. We’re now entering the last few phases of some work, so it shouldn’t be too long before it all comes into place, but customers have still been excellent while work has taken place and we’re very thankful for that.”

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Source: https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/do-you-use-waterworld-find-out-more-about-changes-to-the-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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