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£1M new-look Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre set to open

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Tylorstown is now home to the largest Leisure for Life gym in RCT – and the only indoor International Rugby Board-accredited 3G pitch in the Valleys,  thanks to £1M Council investment at Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre. 

With bold ambition, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and its contractors have worked over the past year to deliver a centre of sporting excellence in the Rhondda Fach.

Opening on Monday (Jan 14), visitors can enjoy their firsts session at the new gym FREE of charge at Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre. Those who like what they see can also take out Leisure for Life membership, with FREEinduction and NO joining fee.

The centre now boasts not one, but two exceptional sporting attractions – a huge new gym packed with equipment that cannot be found elsewhere in Wales and two indoor 3G pitches, which are fully accredited for contact rugby training and more.

The impressive refurbishment has also seen the creation of a brand new reception area and, in addition to the gym, a modern Spin Studio which will be interactive for users, allowing them to compete against each other and train in “virtual” landscapes.

Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre’s ground floor gym is now the largest of all nine of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Leisure for Life gyms and features an 80-station facility, including  a huge cross-training rig, which is the largest in Wales.

It also features the largest range of plate-loaded fitness equipment, including chest, shoulder press and strength machines, and a massive range of running, rowing, step and biking equipment – along with a free weight area.

The gym and spin rooms, entered via a new and improved leisure centre reception area, provide the perfect complement for teams and clubs that want to enjoy the only indoor IRB-approved artificial pitches in the Valleys.

The two indoor pitches at the Centre have been inspected and accredited by the International Rugby Board, making them perfect for contact rugby training and more.

This means teams and players can take advantage of exceptional training and practice facilities on the pitches, whatever the weather, and develop their fitness and athletic aims in the gym.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said:

“Exciting times are ahead at Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre. The centre has always been much-loved by its customers and the £1M Council investment has really raised the bar here in Tylorstown.

“The new gym is huge and has equipment that cannot be found anywhere else in Wales. As well as the exclusivity of the equipment, there is also such a wide range, which means there is something for everyone.

“I encourage people to take advantage of the FREE first session offer at Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre. This will give you the chance to try out the equipment with the support of our friendly, expert gym staff, who will help you to get the most out of your time in the gym.

“The knowledge of the staff will enable you to create a plan that allows you to reach your personal goals, whether that is preparing for half marathons, triathlons or Ironman events, losing weight, toning up, or just becoming more healthy in 2019.

“It is important to remember that our gym can be used by everyone aged 11 years and over. Memberships for those aged under 16 years and over 60 years work out at approximately £5 a week, which means it is an affordable and positive way to spend your social time.

“On selected days, the new gym will also have early morning openings from 6.30am and late closures until 9pm, so if you pass through Rhondda Fach on your way to or from work, it’s a convenient place to stop and train.

“The addition of the indoor training facilities means that Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre  is an exciting place to be and we hope that this investment is further proof of our commitment to delivering facilities for the benefit  of the community and also oure Leisure for Life members.”

Rhondda Fach is the latest in a series of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council #RCTInvest Leisure schemes to be completed. This ongoing programme has also seen the opening of the new Sobell Leisure Centre in Aberdare and major redevelopment and improvements at Hawthorn, Bronwydd, Rhondda and Abercynon.