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Free Leisure Access During Summer Holidays


Children, young people and their families can join the Commonwealth Games-inspired sporting fever that is set to sweep the nation this summer for FREE – thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Leisure Services.

Swimming pools and leisure centres across the county borough will provide free swimming and sporting activities throughout the long school summer holidays, through High 5. There will also be a range of fantastic Commonwealth Games-inspired days.

The innovative programme forms part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to deliver the best-possible opportunities and facilities that will inspire and support residents of all ages and walks of life to live a healthier way of life.

And what better way to be inspired than through the achievements of 19 talented RCT residents, who will fly the flag for the county borough at the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

They will compete in 11 of the 17 sports being showcased to the world at the Games, which start on July 23, with many athletes showing off their skills in sports they first became involved in through Council schemes and leisure centres.

Having reached the top of their games in rugby, swimming, hockey, lawn bowls, triathlon and netball, the athletes are now inspiring others to get involved and find a new activity or sport and see where it takes them!

You can have a taste of sporting success at your local leisure centre or swimming pool from Monday, July 21.

Highlights include:

Commonwealth Sports Club every Monday from 11am to 1pm at Tonyrefail Leisure Centre, open to all aged 12 to 19 for free. The Pop Up Games include badminton, tennis, rugby, athletics, basketball and more.
A range of pool activities, which vary from swimming pool to swimming pool, including waterpolo, junior learn to swim lessons, pool play fun, aqua scooters, snorkelling, family swims, inflatable play and more. *please note not all activities are available at all centres, please contact your local venue for specific information.
Free access to available sports courts and halls for squash, tennis, badminton, basketball, five-a-side football and more. Again, not all activities available at all centres. Please contact your local centre for more information.
Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, said: “We are pleased to welcome High 5 back to all of our leisure centres and swimming pools for the long school holidays, offering a free way for families to get together over the summer, enjoy access to leisure, try new sports and, hopefully, be inspired by our home-grown Commonwealth talent.

“We know what a struggle the school holidays can be for parents and carers, trying to fill the six weeks with activities that don’t break the bank.

“High 5 throws open a world of leisure and removes barriers such as cost, allowing families to come together and have fun during the holidays. It allows children, their parents or carers free taster sessions in a range of different activities.

“Hopefully, they will enjoy themselves and get further involved in sport. Who knows – this year’s High 5 could generate the RCT stars of the next Commonwealth Games or Olympics.”

For more information or to get involved, visit the Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool Pages

Find out more about our Commonwealth Stars on the Sports RCT Pages or download a timetable of when they are appearing in the games, so you can cheer them on!

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