Following the re-opening of Newport Live centres last month, more leisure facilities and services are set to return throughout Newport over the coming weeks.
This week track cycling returns to the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales. Although elite riders have been permitted to train by Welsh Government during the velodrome’s closure, this will be the first chance for accredited riders to get back on track.
September will also see the return of personal support including 1 to 1s and programmes; all delivered with social distancing guidelines in place to ensure the safety of staff and customers. Newport Live’s fitness instructors deliver personal support to members including a personalised digital fitness tailored to the customer’s goals which is included their membership package at no additional charge.
The organisation has also introduced Family Swim with families with younger children able to book a section of the teaching pool at the Regional Pool & Tennis Centre for their use. The café at the centre has also recently reopened with snacks, sandwiches, and Starbucks coffee available.
These services will be returning alongside group exercise classes, gyms, public swimming, swimming and tennis lessons, and court hire which returned in August across its Newport venues; Newport Centre, the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales, the Regional Pool and Tennis Centre and Active Living Centre.
To ensure everyone’s safety and to support Public Health Wales’ Test, Trace, Protect service, all customers accessing services and facilities will be required to have a Newport Live card and are recommended to book into all sessions in advance via it’s website or the Newport Live app.
Newport Live has put into place measures to ensure the safety of customers including additional cleaning, social distancing, reduction in the number of users in buildings, relocation of gyms and equipment, spaced at least 2m apart, as well as additional signage and sanitisation. Customers will be required to follow additional Covid-19 guidance which can be found on the Newport Live website.
Steve Ward, Chief Executive at Newport Live said "Physical activity is crucial to people’s health and wellbeing, which is particularly important during current times. Our teams continue to work extremely hard to ensure we can welcome people back to our centres. Although the Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre remains closed, it’s been wonderful seeing so many people back in our sports facilities and we’ve had large amounts of positive feedback about the safety measures we have introduced. We are working to ensure that we bring back activities carefully whilst allowing people to return to the sport or activity they enjoy and the services returning this week mean we can start to welcome back cyclists and some of our youngest swimmers and their families. We can also begin to offer more tailored support to our customers with their health and wellbeing goals, which they may have missed whilst being at home, including personalised fitness plans, how to exercise safely and new ways of training. We continue to be encouraged by the number of customers returning to Newport Live, as we continue to strive to inspire people to lead a more active lifestyle and be happier and healthier.”