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Newport County AFC is teaming up with Newport Live to put on Newport's first sponsored walk for dementia. The walk will take place on Sunday April 7th starting at 11am at The Riverfront Theatre in Newport. The gentle 3km walk is open to all ages and abilities and will raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru.

With an estimated 2,000 people living with dementia in Newport, the money raised from the walk will make a real difference to supporting families affected by the disease. Newport has already been recognised as a dementia-friendly city, which is helping to reduce the stigma associated with dementia, and make people feel confident, understood and supported as a valuable part of society and their local community. This partnership has been working hard to make the event a success for the first year, in the hope that this could become an annual event.

The walk is the brainchild of Newport County AFC Director of Equality & Diversity at Newport County AFC, Colin Faulkner. He says: “As a city working to become a dementia friendly community, it made sense to celebrate this, by having a large event in Newport to raise money and awareness. As the first football league club in Wales to become a dementia-friendly organisation it is important that we support the community where in which our supporters, owners and fans live. We hope that this will be the first of an annual event that will grow year on year for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru."

Steve Ward, Chief Executive at Newport Live, said: “Newport Live strives to inspire our city’s residents to be happier and healthier, we have worked extremely hard to ensure our staff are trained to support our customers, and achieve our Dementia Friends status. Dementia touches the lives of so many, the condition can affect any one of us, awareness and fundraising linked to partnership projects such as this will only help us come together to ensure Newport’s Walk for Dementia is a success."

Cllr Paul Cockeram, Newport City Council said: “Newport City Council are pleased to support the Alzheimer's Society Cymru, and Newport County AFC and Newport Live at the Newport Walk for Dementia around the City on April 7th.“I'm sure nearly every family in Newport will know someone or have a family member who is affected by this cruel condition. I do hope everyone can make an effort to participate in the walk which will be a first for Newport.”

Paula Langston, Regional Fundraising Manager for Wales for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, said: “This is a fantastic partnership and is testament to the support and passion displayed by both Newport County AFC and Newport Live. We are so proud to be work with them to raise not only vital funds for people living with dementia in the local community, but also raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with this disease. This event truly is a collaborative and community-based event which will help everyone affected by dementia, their family, carers and community. Thank you and well done to all involved”.

For more information and to register for the event please visit the website at www.newportlive.co.uk/riverfront.

 

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Brand New Season at The Riverfront

 This March, The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre launches a new season of entertainment including live music, new theatre productions from exciting Welsh companies, cinema, cabaret and more.

The season starts on St David’s Day with two iconic Welsh companies; National Dance Company Wales and Hijinx performing at The Riverfront in the heart of Newport. NDCWales bring their performance of Awakening; three unique dances to amaze and amuse, whilst Hijinx will be performing Into the Light; daring physical theatre about the right to be seen and heard.

Other highlights during the season include Dinosaur World Live, an interactive show where children get chance to come face to face with impressive prehistoric creatures and Grav, a performance exploring the life and time of one of Wales’ most loved sons ‘Ray Gravell’.

The Riverfront will also feature celebrity performances, workshops and discussions including Jason Donovan, Nick Sharratt, Patricia Routledge, Paul Merton, Ceri Dupree and dancers from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

There is also plenty of classic and contemporary music including tributes to The Eagles, Burt Bacharach, Simon & Garfunkel and Frank Sinatra featuring the one and only Anita Harris.

The theatre has other upcoming events including a celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 & 9 March as well as weekly workshops like Ceramics for Adults and cinema screenings with upcoming films including Mary Poppins Returns, Stan & Ollie and Mary Queen of Scots.

Alan Dear, Head of Theatre, Arts & Culture said “It was a pleasure to join Newport Live last year and work with The Riverfront team in producing a programme that aims to bring something for everybody. We hope that audiences from not only South East Wales but further afield find something for them at the theatre this season.”

Tickets for the Spring Season are now on sale. View the full programme at www.newportlive.co.uk/venues/the-riverfront

To book visit www.newportlive.co.uk/riverfront or call the Booking Line on 01633 656757.

 

 

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Newport Live is committed to playing sports and physical activity accessible for everyone. Newport Tennis Centre provides a quality accessible and affordable Programme that offers a wide range of opportunities for disabled people to participate in Tennis. As part of this commitment, we offer both inclusive sessions that are open to all and impairment specific sessions that are open to both Disabled Junior and Adult players.

We currently deliver over 10 coaching sessions per week which are inclusive of Disabled people, 50% of these sessions are impairment/target group specific with the remaining 50% inclusive sessions which are open to all. In the last year as part of our Tennis Foundation Network plan, we have increased the number of disabled participants regularly engaging in our programme from 12 to 27 this has included the development of a specific adult wheelchair tennis session and a partnership with a newly opened school for those on the Autistic Spectrum. As a Centre we pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service to all participants regardless of impairment or disability, our volunteers and coaches attend regular CPD around inclusion and disability to ensure this is the case.

We engage with disabled players from a wide range of ages and backgrounds we currently have players from age 5 up to age 70 at the Centre. We ensure our environment is as inclusive of disabled people as possible, we do this through the provision of adapted equipment where needed (e.g. VI tennis balls) and provision of CPD around inclusion. This year we have hosted a Wheelchair Tennis CPD session with Tennis Wales that was attended by all our lead coaches. Additionally, our coaching sessions are regularly reviewed by our Disability Sport Wales Officer to ensure they are fully inclusive.

Over last year we have used multiple approaches to engage with disabled participants and increase participation. We have developed several partnerships with local agencies working with disabled people including the local health board Children’s Centre, a local social enterprise that provides sports activities for disabled people and local Special Schools. We have supported Disability Sport Wales have a go events and hosted the first Newport disability school's tennis festival We have also supported a sports day at the local special school which gave us a unique opportunity to engage with both disabled pupils and their parents at the same time.

Over the last year, the Tennis Centre has demonstrated an outstanding commitment towards the inclusion of disabled people. This has resulted in almost doubling participation from disabled people at the Tennis Centre. Being considered for this award would be a fantastic recognition for all the hard work put in.

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Newport to welcome inspirational athletes for British Transplant Games 2019

The 2019 Westfield Health British Transplant Games were officially launched today with the lighting of the Donor Family Flame in Newport.

The Games will take place from the 25-28 July 2019 and are expected to attract more than 850 transplant recipient athletes and more than 1,500 supporters, including donor families, to the city.

Organised on behalf of the charity Transplant Sport UK, the aim of the Games is to raise awareness of and increase organ donation.

Newport Council, Newport Live, Welsh Government and the Games organisers are working in partnership to make this the best event yet.

Ann Lloyd CBE, Chair of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Chair of the Games’ Local Organising Committee, said: Wales has led the way in the UK in its approach to organ donation and the introduction of deemed consent. However, there is much more to do to raise awareness of its importance and encourage people to have those, sometimes difficult, conversations with loved ones.

“The Games not only recognise the amazing gift that a transplant can give – how recipients of all ages can lead a healthy, active and normal life – but also honour the donors.

Professor Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Government who attended the launch, said: “The Games are a celebration. These athletes are able to compete because of the kindness of countless donors and their families who have given the gift of life.

“It will also help get people talking about their organ donation decision. A quick chat can help benefit the people of the UK. If your family know your decision and honour it, it could reduce the number of people dying whilst waiting for a suitable organ to become available, and transform the lives of others.

“We wish everyone involved a successful Games.”

Councillor Mark Whitcutt, Deputy Leader of Newport City Council, said: “We are honoured to be welcoming the Games to our city. Newport has an excellent record of hosting sporting events from the Ryder Cup, Velothon, track cycling championships to Olympic and Paralympic training camps – but this event will be something special for the city.

“These athletes are inspirational and the Games bring with it such an important message.

The Westfield Health British Transplant Games include over 25 sporting and social events and competitions for all abilities, from fishing through to track and field, including the Donor Run, an inclusive event open to the public.

The Games will complement campaigns taking place at a local level to educate and raise awareness of organ donation and the importance of sharing your decision with your loved ones.

Title sponsor Westfield Health, a leading not-for-profit health insurer, has been involved in the Games for more than a decade.

David Capper, CEO at Westfield Health, said: “We are extremely proud to have been involved in the Games for many years and look forward to seeing the event come to Wales. It is a travesty that three people die every day waiting for a transplant. You don’t have to look far to find someone touched by organ donation.

“Westfield Health is dedicated to making a healthy difference to the quality of life of our customers and the communities in which they live and work – there is no greater way of improving lives than to give the gift of life itself.”

Today the British Transplant Games see over 50 teams from hospitals across the UK (and still have overseas visitors) come together to share their personal experiences, compete and thank their donor families, who increasingly form part of the Games.

The British Games are also a channel for selection to the biennial World Transplant Games, in which Team GB are amongst the largest and most successful.

 

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Newport is the perfect fit for Cinderella!

As the curtain has fallen on the last performance of Sleeping Beauty, The Riverfront is already preparing for this year’s family pantomime. As the theatre and arts centre is will be celebrating it’s 15th birthday this year, what’s better than the dazzling festive treat, Cinderella.

The show will contain two hours full of song, dance, drama and fun for all the family as Cinders outwits her evil stepsisters with the help of her best friend Buttons and a little bit of magic. This family favourite will be glittered with live music, sparkling costumes, beautiful scenery, bucket loads of laughs, plenty of boos and hisses and as it’s a birthday celebration there will of course be a few extra surprises!

Sleeping Beauty has been a fantastic success, beating last year’s audience figures and entertaining over 24,000 children and adults. Tickets to Cinderella are now on sale and over 8,000 have already been sold with some school shows sold out. As always, The Riverfront pantomime has received huge amounts of positive reviews and comments from audiences, many of which can be seen on the theatre’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Cinderella will run from Thursday 28 November 2019 to Tuesday 31st December 2019, with tickets ranging in price from £8 to £22 with group and family ticket discounts.

Tickets are available on The Riverfront’s website at www.newportlive.co.uk/riverfront and via the Booking Line on 01633 656757.

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From 7th January 2019 we have some brand new fitness classes for you to try.

 

Strong By Zumba

Stop counting the reps. Start training to the beat. STRONG by Zumba® combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music that has been specifically designed to match every single move. Every squat, every lunge, every burpee is driven by the music, helping you make it to that last rep, and maybe even five more. In each class you'll burn calories while toning arms, legs, abs and glutes. Plyometric or explosive moves like high knees, burpees, and jumping jacks are interchanged with isometric moves like lunges, squats, and kickboxing. STRONG by Zumba® instructors change up the music and moves frequently to make sure you’re always challenged to the max. 

Find out more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKME0gKMAzU

 

Geraint Thomas International Velodrome of Wales
Monday, 10:30am - 11:15am
Wednesday 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Active Living Centre
Tuesday, 6:15pm - 7pm

Riverfront Theatre
Wednesday, 11am-12pm

 

Aqua Zumba 

Integrating the Zumba dance class with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, Aqua zumba blends it all together into a safe, challenging, water based workout. 

Newport Centre
Thursday, 9am - 10am

 

Zumba Gold

A modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity. The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination.

Riverfront Theatre
Wednesday, 10am-11am

 

Belly Dancing

Belly Dancing  is a load bearing, low impact, aerobic exercise. Great for toning up, getting fit and building core strength. And you get to dress up! What more could you want!

Riverfront Theatre
Tuesday, 7pm - 8pm

 

Help Make a Difference and Join Newport Live as a Trustee.

Help improve the health and well-being of the people of Newport by joining the board of Newport Live and inspire the local community to be Happier and Healthier.

Newport Live are looking for independent non-executive board members, with a passion for arts and culture, as well as sport and physical activity, who can help to deliver their strategic objectives. They seek people with expertise, energy and ambition to assist with delivering their vision and mission.

Newport Live aspires to be the first choice for sport, leisure, theatre, arts and culture across the City of Newport, regionally throughout South Wales and nationally across Wales and the UK. There organisation has multiple gyms and training spaces, four swimming pools, a tennis centre, one of only 5 velodromes in the UK and a well-established regional Theatre and Arts Centre. There are a large number of fitness classes, sports programmes, live performances and cultural activities on offer.

Team Captains Megan Allison and Alex Griffiths with the winners trophyThe City of Newport Swimming Club made it three wins from three in the National Arena Swimming League, on Saturday 8th December. This takes the club’s wins to six wins from six over the last two seasons. The 2018-2019 season saw some close results and tough battles, but Newport made another clean sweep to be promoted to the Premier Division.

After a convincing win in the first round at Millfield, the team travelled to Horfield and won again. The final was on home soil at Newport International Sports Village. With high standards of racing and the points always tight, the City of Newport Swimming Club, run in partnership with Newport Live, took the lead very early on thanks to an emphatic win by Scarlet Major in the first event, the 200 Individual Medley, and from there never looked like relinquishing the lead.

Individual winners included Scarlet Major in the 200 Individual Medley, the 100 Backstroke and the 100 Breaststroke; Megan Allison in the 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, and 100 Butterfly; Toby Preece in the 50 Backstroke; Emily Jones in the 100 Breaststroke; Ben Fox-Wiltshire in the 100 Backstroke; Sophie Linton in the 100 Freestyle, and Jensen Coppen in the 100 Breaststroke.

The final points score was 1st City of Newport 306, 2nd Torfaen 293, 3rd Street and District 232, 4th Newton Abbot 222, 5th Severnside Tritons 215, 6th Seagulls 205, 7th West Dorset 164, and 8th Paignton 157.

Newport only re-joined the National league in the 2017-2018 season and after a perfect season of wins were promoted straight to Division One. They will now race in the Premier Division next season, where they hope to keep up their good form.

Head Coach James Goodwin said “It was nice to be racing in the final in our home pool, at Newport Live’s superb International Sports Village. There were some very good team and individual performances tonight and the team did very well to keep our record with another win. There are a number of things we need to do now to be ready for next year in the Premier Division so we can compete at that level, and I know everybody is up for the challenge. We have a 100% win rate in this league since we re-joined two years ago, but next year we will have to be much better to compete. As always I would like to thank all the volunteers, coaches, team managers, officials, as well as the parents who support the team, not just here, but day in day out.”

Chairperson of the City of Newport Swimming club Julian Knight added "Congratulations to the team, the coaching staff, team managers, helpers and supporters. We have seen some excellent performances. The determination from swimmers to fight to achieve 3rd or 4th place when under pressure was inspiring. I am very proud of what they Club has achieved".

If you have been inspired to join this highly successful team, either as a swimmer or a volunteer please contact Head Coach, James Goodwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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SEE YOUR FAVOURITE “WOS WRESTLING STARS” LIVE ON TOUR

WOS Wrestling made its triumphant return to ITV this year for a 10-part series, the opening programme brought in 1.2 million viewers making it the highest-rated British wrestling TV show in over 30 years. Following its huge success you can now see your favourite wrestlers live in the ring at the Newport Centre on 19th January 2019.

A further six huge wrestling stars have been announced for the new WOS Wrestling UK tour. These include WILL OSPREAY, JOE HENDRY, ROBBIE X, KAY LEE RAY, NATHAN CRUZ, SHA SAMUELS, plus many more stars will be announced in the coming weeks.

Bringing Saturday evening entertainment to the live stage the tour pays homage to the original WOS Wrestling – British wrestling at its best. Expect family friendly entertainment with highly anticipated battles and maximum action from some of the UK’s top wrestling talent who will compete in a fun-filled, exciting show for all the family to enjoy.

Tickets are on sale now and available from www.gigsandtours.com / www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Join the cast of Sleeping Beauty at The Riverfront

Christmas has truly arrived in Newport as The Riverfront’s annual pantomime has begun! Sleeping Beauty is full of sparkling costumes, a magical set, a full professional cast, and a few extra surprises! Following on from the success of Aladdin last year, the show is set to be a festive treat for all the family.

 


The professional cast and crew, many of whom hail from Wales, have been working hard in rehearsals at The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre and have created a glittering pantomime ready to delight and amuse audiences. The heroine Patience (Sleeping Beauty), played by the stunning Alice Rose Fletcher, will delight you with her beautiful voice whilst trying to avoid the Spinning Wheel and stay awake. Returning to The Riverfront stage are two of the most popular cast members from last year, Liam Tobin as the hilarious dame Mrs Midges the housekeeper and his partner in the fun and frolics, the lovable rogue Richard Elis as Muddles the Gardener. Last year Richard was nominated for Best Song Sheet at the Great British Panto Awards for his performance in Aladdin at The Riverfront. Lowri-Ann Richards will be joining the cast this year as the big, bad baddie Aunt Draig and there will be the mysterious time-travelling Butler Chortwood played by Richard Nichols. Also protecting the sleeping princess will be Michael Geary as Lord Griffin of Newport and his son, the Right Honourable Dylan who will be played by Jack Ayres as he takes his first steps into pantomime.

The story begins as trouble is brewing at Newport Abbey. The Evil Dowager Aunt Draig is searching for the missing Princess. Luckily, Lord Griffin of Newport and his son the right honourable Dylan, with help from Mrs Midges the Housekeeper, Muddles the Gardener and Chortwood the mysterious Butler, will make sure that true love wins out in the end.

The Riverfront's panto offers two hours full of song, dance, drama and fun for all the family and is produced in-house by The Riverfront. Sleeping Beauty will run from Tuesday 4 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019, with tickets ranging in price from £6.50 to £21 with group and family ticket discounts.

More information is available on The Riverfront’s website at www.newportlive.co.uk/riverfront and via the Booking Line on 01633 656757. The Riverfront are looking forward to audiences sharing their panto experiences and photos from their ‘Newport Abbey Garden’ using the hashtag #riverfrontpanto. For more information please contact The Riverfront Box Office on 01633 656757.