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Official Opening of Sobell Leisure Centre

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has officially opened its flagship Sobell Leisure Centre, showcasing its exceptional facilities to some of the biggest sporting stars in the county borough and beyond.

Guided by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Leader Cllr Andrew Morgan and Cllr Ann Crimmings, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, rugby heroes Jamie Roberts and Alex Cuthbert and local inspirations Rhys Jones, Ria Male and Chelsea Lewis enjoyed a tour of the new centre.

Sport Wales and key staff from Council Leisure Services also attended the event as well as representatives from the Council's Corporate Estates team, which coordinated the development, and construction partners Laing O Rourke and Knox and Wells.

Local children and customers of the leisure centre also got involved, joining their sporting heroes for classes and activities to showcase just how much is on offer at the centre for residents of all ages.

They were able to see for themselves the bright, modern gym, exercise studio, dojo, sports hall and swimming pools that have been provided for the public in Aberdare and beyond as a result of the development.

Sobell Leisure Centre has been open to the public for nearly a month and hundreds of people have already enjoyed its facilities, thanks to an exciting programme of fitness classes, gym sessions and swimming pool timetables.

Cllr Ann Crimmings said: “We are rightly proud of the facilities we have delivered as a result of the Sobell Leisure Centre development – they are the best of their kind not only in the Cynon Valley, but the region.

“We worked hard to secure the external funding and investment needed to create the £50m Sobell development, which includes the new school, the leisure centre and associated sporting facilities such as the athletics track.

“After years of hard work by the Council and its construction partners, this very visible and important investment has now come to fruition and we wanted to mark that by celebrating Sobell Leisure Centre.

“Of particular importance was the support of our local sporting stars, who we know fly the flag for the county borough across the world. They also hone their skills in our leisure centres and are an inspiration to others, encouraging the next generation of sporting talent.”

Sport Wales Board Member, Samar Wafa said: “These are impressive modern facilities that will support getting even more local people hooked on sport and exercise. I am particularly pleased with the amount of thought that has been given into the requirements of tournaments across various sports, which will further encourage regular community use.

“As well as the investment, it is important that the leisure facilities are linked with the new school site to maximise the number of young people having access to quality sporting facilities.

“There is now a major hub to nurture those across the sporting pathway – from those taking part in sport for the first time to those training to reach an elite level.”

Sobell Leisure Centre is now open to the public and people of all ages can enjoy swimming, diving, water-based clubs and activities, as well as an exercise studio, dojo, a huge range of classes from aerobiking to insanity and a modern, fully-equipped gym.

People from across the county borough can access all facilities at the centre and can enjoy easy, affordable access thanks to the Morecard, which has a range of options including concessions for senior and junior members and discounts for full time students and those on qualifying benefits.

Find out more about Sobell Leisure Centre, including information on facilities, opening hours, classes and swimming timetables, special offers and more on the Sobell Leisure Centre web pages.

You can also like Sobell Leisure Centre on Facebook.

See the pictures from the opening event.