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COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR BETTWS WOMAN


The hard work of a Newport woman who works tirelessly to ensure more people from black, minority and ethnic (BME) backgrounds take part in sport has been honoured.


Angeline Tshiyane won Community Coach of the Year at the 2015 BBC Wales Sport Awards and was presented with her trophy by Christian Malcolm, the retired Newport sprinter.


Angeline said she was shocked to receive her award and thanked everyone who had supported her.


She said: “I’d like to see a lot more people from a BME background being included in sport and participating in sport.”


Angeline, 52, a care worker from Bettws, established the Njuzu Community Swimming Group and has helped set up a female only BME walking group plus other groups helping people from BME backgrounds.


GOLD ACCOLADES FOR NEWPORT ATTRACTIONS


Two of Newport’s most popular tourist attractions have received Gold accolades for their excellent facilities and customer service.


Tredegar House and the RSPB Newport Wetlands Environmental, Education and Visitor Centre were among the winners of Visit Wales’ new attraction accolades scheme for 2016.


These accolades are for attractions which are already part of the Visit Wales’ Visitor Attractions Quality Scheme but who make an exceptional effort to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for their visitors.


The Deputy Minister for Culture Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates said:


INTEREST IN HIGH STREET ON THE UP


The opening of Friars Walk has catapulted Newport from 198 to 90 in a list of top UK shopping destinations.


This catalyst for positive change has seen the city’s catchment area for customers almost double from 226,000 to 442,000 overnight – the opening weekend of Friars Walk saw 350,000 people come back to Newport.


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The upturn in footfall has seen benefits throughout the city centre, including High Street. Following a £1million investment in Newport Market, many new businesses have seized the opportunity to trade in this area including Tiny Rebel, Slipping Jimmy’s and Pretentious Burger. All will benefit from the footfall from commuters, plus the thousands of staff based in the nearby offices of Admiral and Seren Group.


The council is also delivering further investment in this area from the £60million Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) project with residential accommodation being built above the shops of Griffin Island. The transformation of the former Kings Hotel into apartments and Yate’s Wine Lodge into a Premier Inn will both reach fruition early in 2016, bringing even more customers back to High Street.


“Wales has such a wealth and range of attractions and things to do, our visitors are spoilt for choice.


“This new scheme will both reward those attractions which go the extra mile and also give visitors more information on what makes some of our attractions extra special and will also highlight some less well known gems.


“I’d like to congratulate all the 2016 winners and we hope that these accolades will drive further improvements in visitor experience throughout Wales.”


M&S IS BACK


Marks & Spencer have returned to the city centre with the opening of the M&S Foodhall Newport at Friars Walk.


Over 50 jobs have been created at the store, including new members of staff as well as individuals who have relocated from other M&S stores.


M&S Foodhall Newport is 5,500 sq.ft. in size and enjoys a prized location bordering John Frost Square.


The store boasts a wide variety of quality food and drink lines, including fresh meat, fish and poultry, as well as seasonal fresh produce. It also has an in-store bakery.


Shoppers can also use a food ordering service and the ‘Shop Your Way’ service, giving customers the choice to order from the M&S catalogue in-store or online, with free next day in-store delivery and collection.


CONSULTATION ON EQUALITY OBJECTIVES


Newport City Council is currently in the process of updating its Equality Plan.


The plan focusses upon eight objectives including equalities, Welsh language and human rights and how the council will ensure they are embedded in the way they deliver services. To have your say on the council’s equality objectives, visit the council’s ‘have your say’ webpage where you will find consultation on the council’s budget and equality objectives.


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