The opening of the multi-million-pound Sobell Leisure Centre is drawing near – and will offer some of the best sport and leisure facilities in the South Wales region to all residents.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and its construction partners have been working for nearly two years to deliver a brand-new, high spec Leisure Centre and associated facilities (including pool and athletics track) that are second to none in the area.
Sobell Leisure Centre will boast a 75-station Fitness Suite which includes free weights, synergy equipment and a Fitness Studio with 28 aerobikes, as well as 2 sports halls, dance studio, exercise studio, dojo, meeting room, 2 squash courts and viewing area.
Insanity, Synergy, Spinergy, life circuits are just some of the exciting new classes being planned for the Leisure Centre.
The complex will also include the former Aberdare Swimming Pool, the 33m pool and the teaching pool have been improved and refurbished . The diving pool has been redeveloped and the new training facilities will be used as the National Diving Development Centre for Wales.
Also part of the massive scheme will also include external playing fields and an athletics stadium and running track.
Sobell Leisure Centre is open to everyone who lives in the county borough – and beyond, offering something for people of all ages, abilities and interests.
The Leisure Centre forms part of the wider, £50m development that includes a new secondary school bringing together the former Aberdare Girls’, Aberdare High and Blaengwawr schools and associated facilities, but it is open to the public at all times.
Cllr Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, said: “The Council is currently delivering an ongoing campaign to showcase the wonderful facilities and opportunities offered by our leisure centres, so more people use them.
“It is no secret that we need to significantly increase usage of our leisure centres to avoid having to make difficult decisions about their future, based on the massive funding cuts we have to make.
“To be able to announce the official opening of Sobell Leisure Centre is the icing on the cake. Huge amounts of work and investment have gone into creating a facility that is already regarded as second to none in the region. We can't wait to confirm the date.
“It will offer exceptional, modern facilities for all of the family, including gym, classes, swimming, clubs and more. There really has never been a better time to get involved in leisure and find out what is on offer for you, your friends and your family. Morecard options allow you to enjoy unlimited access to the gym, classes and swimming for a fixed monthly payment."
Find out more about the new Sobell Leisure Centre - and what's on at Michael Sobell Sports Centre, which will remain open until the new facility officially opens its doors - on the Leisure Pages.
Leisure Services offers a range of Morecard options which allow easy, affordable monthly payments.
MoreMax: Free access to swimming, swimming classes, gym, gym classes and more for one monthly payment.
Morevalue: Free access to swimming and racquet sports.
Morediscount: Offers three levels of discount (1, 2 and 3) depending on your personal and financial circumstances. Discounts on pay as you go prices for juniors, students and those on qualifying benefits.