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Work begins at Cwmbran Stadium


Extensive redevelopment work has begun at Cwmbran Stadium in Cwmbran, Wales.


The project will encompass the remodelling of a four-court sports hall into a vertical adventure playground as well as the creation of a soft play centre, a cafe and a 70-station, 350sqm fitness suite.


Work is being carried out by specialist leisure design and build company Createability alongside development partner Alliance Leisure, which has also part-funded the project. Alliance Leisure will ensure the co-ordination and delivery of the complete facility on behalf of Torfaen Leisure Trust.


Responsible for managing Cwmbran Stadium, the trust was formed in July 2013 and manages Pontypool Active Living Centre, Fairwater Leisure Centre, Bowden Active Living Centre and the Pontypool Ski Centre on behalf of Torfaen County Borough Council.


Ian Cotgrave, MD of Createability, said: “This is the second scheme of this type that we have carried out in partnership with Alliance Leisure. Converting the four-court hall will bring new revenue and activity to the centre and attract a new breed of users.”


Alun Williams, Chair of Torfaen Leisure Trust, added: “We passionately believe our customer experience should be first class so I’m delighted these exciting proposals are going ahead. The work will provide improvements that are both modern and vibrant.”


www.createability.co.uk OCL Kids’ Zone project makes real difference to children’s BMI’s


Designed to help prevent childhood obesity in Oldham, a new project has revealed impressive results in its first year of operation.


Called the Kids’ Zone project and run by Oldham Community Leisure (OCL), it has already helped 93 children to become more involved in physical activity and stabilise or lower their BMI. So far, a total of 64.65 of the children on the scheme have been helped to stabilise their BMI, while 25% have actually lowered it.


According to OCL, nearly one in five children aged 10-11 years- old in Oldham are obese and, if this continues, two thirds of its children will be obese by 2050.


Every Reception and Year Six child who takes part in the National Child Measurement Scheme and has a BMI of ‘very overweight’ is invited to join the scheme, which entitles them to free or discounted junior membership for six months and access to a selection of activity courses and sessions including swimming, trampolining, badminton and football.


Julie Hilditch, health and physical activity development officer at OCL, commented: “All children on the scheme are encouraged to choose their favourite activity on the course, which helps to inspire their participation and increase their activity levels and improve their BMI. Because the Kids’ Zone sessions are integrated into normal lessons, children on the scheme don’t feel singled out in any way and it’s this inclusiveness that makes them feel comfortable and happy to participate.”


On the recommendation of the Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group, OCL now plans to make the scheme available to children who are ‘overweight’ and not just ‘very overweight’ in the coming months.


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