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New indoor 3G pitch opens as part of £7.5m Cefn Hengoed Leisure Centre redevelopment

The indoor “sports barn” houses a 3G pitch (Image: Freedom Leisure)

A Swansea leisure centre has received a major redevelopment, including a new indoor “sports barn” with a 3G pitch capable of hosting several sports.

The steel-framed dome housing the new pitch was built by Copri Systems and is part of a £7.5 million investment in facilities at Cefn Hengoed Community School and Leisure Centre.

Other facilities include a new health club with a gym and fitness studio featuring a big screen, sound system and rainbow lighting, new changing rooms and a new reception area with café.

An existing large sports hall has also had a makeover, complete with totally new flooring.

The leisure centre, adjacent to the school, will now be open longer every day of the week, and is being operated by Freedom Leisure, a not for profit and charitable leisure trusts that manages the leisure facilities in Swansea on behalf of Swansea Council.

The previous fitness studio and its equipment will become part of the school, and the investment also includes a new family engagement centre in the redundant former leisure centre spaces.

The improvements were funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government’s Community Hubs Capital Grant Scheme, with a £750,000 grant from the Football Foundation with support from the Swansea City Foundation.

The Community Family Engagement Centre is funded by the Welsh Government’s Community Focussed Schools Capital Grant Scheme.

Further contributions were made by Sport Wales, as well as Freedom Leisure which manages the leisure centre in partnership with the council.

Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: “This is the largest ever investment in community sports and leisure facilities in the eastside of Swansea and will transform sports facilities for thousands of residents of all ages both from the eastside and further afield.”

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