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REPORT ON LEISURE FACILITIES IN THE PONTYPRIDD AREA. A PRE 18 YEAR OF AGE VIEWPOINT.

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REPORT ON LEISURE FACILITIES IN THE PONTYPRIDD AREA. A PRE 18 YEAR OF AGE VIEWPOINT. This report is complied with data collected by interviews and observations made between the 1st January 2003 and the 28th February 2003. Report on: information regarding leisure opportunities available to young people in Pontypridd. Report to: The Welsh Assembly Government. Report from: Coedylan Comprehensive School Council. Introduction This report has been complied in response to a request from The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) to gather information regarding the leisure facilities available to young people in different parts of Wales. The intention of this report is to give the WAG details, information and also recommendations to improve the Leisure Facilities on offer in the Pontypridd area. It is given from the under 18 years of age perspective. It is hoped that this will help to encourage extra funding for such facilities in Pontypridd. Main Findings Sport and Leisure It was felt unanimously by the school council that there is a definite lack of sports facilities in the Pontypridd and surrounding areas. By the lack of sports opportunities, young people are not encouraged to take regular exercise. With the rising obesity levels in young people, reported on by both the U.K. Government and WAG, this will surely have an impact on their future health. In the town of Pontypridd, including the areas of Maesycoed, Hopkinstown, Glyncoch and Cilfynydd there are no leisure centres. ...read more.

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The Muni, to use its colloquialism, was felt to be generally quite poor in terms of facilities on offer. It is not modern but housed in an old building and not very appealing to the young. With little space between seats, tall people especially, have a problem with access and egress. There is only one screen showing films, which is unable to meet the demands of the people in Pontypridd. An exception to this is the Showcase Cinema complex, which is situated in Nantgarw, approximately six miles from Pontypridd. It is up to-date, modern, ascetically pleasing and appealing to the young with its bright lights and welcoming atmosphere. There is a games arcade, food stalls and multi screens showing the latest films. The cinema areas are roomy; good spaces between seats and comfortable with air- conditioning. Unfortunately, it is very expensive to view films at this cinema- �4 for under 15's and �5 for over 15's. The food and drinks are premium priced; way beyond the means of an average teenager's allowance. In addition, it is situated in a business park and is beyond a safe and sensible walking distance from housing. Public transport can sometimes be the only solution to access this popular facility but it is not always reliable or practical as buses sometimes cease service before 9pm. On the same site is the equally popular Bowlplex which as its names suggests is a bowling alley complex. ...read more.

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Where the youth of a community have interesting and worthwhile things to do, anti-social behaviour and youth crime decreases year on year, measured against other areas that do not provide this type of support. Libraries The main library of the area is situated adjacent to the town centre. It is housed in a late Victorian/early Edwardian building. There are other satellite libraries in Ynysybwl and Rhydfelin but data on these is incomplete. The main library in Gelliwastad Road is bright and welcoming. It used frequently by a number of young people and has a good range of fiction, non-fiction, audio, periodicals, newspaper, reference works and Internet. However, the main drawback is that part of the library is situated on the first floor with no lifts. This makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible for the disabled to gain access to the full facilities on offer. Recommendations * New Leisure Centre to serve Pontypridd town. * Provide new indoor swimming pool in Ynysysangharad Park. * Update Municipal Arts Centre and widen its target audience. * Establish or invite professional Theatre companies. * Encourage younger committee members for Youth Clubs. * Improve access to main library. * Improve frequency of transport. * Subsidised travel. Summary By improving the leisure and sport facilities in the Pontypridd area it will bring many benefits. These will range from increasing the self-esteem of young people, improve their health and decrease incidences of anti social behaviour and crime. It will have both a social and economic impact on the area. Investment in today's teenagers will reap rewards in the future. By Ruth Davies 1 ...read more.

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