Press Release

Leisure centres and swimming pools in Neath Port Talbot set to reopen

31 July 2020

Celtic Leisure is set to reopen its leisure centres and swimming pools in Neath Port Talbot in a phased approach from Monday 10th August following today’s announcement by Welsh Government.

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All leisure centres were closed in March in line with government restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

To ensure the centres can be reopened as safely as possible, facilities will be reintroduced in a phased approach starting with gyms, then studio-based fitness classes and finally swimming pools. Further facilities will be reintroduced in due course and in line with Welsh Government guidance. 

A number of social distancing and hygiene measures have been introduced at all centres which includes increased spacing between gym equipment, new one-way systems and hand sanitiser stations. 

The layouts of the gyms have been changed to enable customers to use the equipment at a safe distance from others. There will be a limit to the number of people allowed in the gym at any one time along with a time limit. Gym users will be asked to wipe down the equipment after they have used it.

The capacity of fitness classes will be reduced to ensure people can space out from each other while exercising. All the equipment and the area of exercise will be cleaned between classes.  As a precaution all lockers and dry side changing rooms have been taken out of action and customers will be required to arrive dressed ready for their training session.  Toilets however will be open.

All swimming pools will consist of wider lanes that will be limited to eight people per lane. Swimmers must follow the lane’s one-way system and no overtaking is allowed. Those who want to use the pool must arrive ‘swim-ready’ with your swimming costume under your clothing to enable to you to disrobe at poolside as changing facilities will not be available on entry.  However showers will be available following your swim session.  A date for the re-start of swimming lessons is yet to be finalised.

Pre-booking for the gym, swimming pool and fitness classes is essential and can be booked via the Celtic Leisure android and Apple app from Monday 3rd August 2020.

The facilities at each leisure centre will reopen on the following dates:

Aberavon Leisure & Fitness Centre
Monday 10th August – Gym and fitness classes
Wednesday 12th August – Swimming pool

Neath Leisure Centre
Tuesday 11th August - Gym and fitness classes
Thursday 13th August – Swimming pool

Neath Sports Centre (Cwrt Herbert)
Tuesday 11th August - Gym and fitness classes

Vale of Neath Leisure Centre (Glynneath)
Wednesday 12th August – Gym and fitness classes
Friday 14th August – Swimming pool

Pontardawe Swimming Pool
Tuesday 11th August – Swimming pool

Pontardawe Leisure Centre
Monday 10th August – Gym and fitness classes

For details on the changes to opening times and exercise class timetables at specific centres, customers are being urged to check Celtic Leisure’s app, social media pages and website. 

Bar and café facilities within our centres will not reopen as part of the phased return approach but this will be kept under review and announced in due course.  Our health suite at Neath Leisure Centre and our creches at Pontardawe Leisure Centre and Neath Sports Centres will remain closed for the time being.  

It is anticipated that direct debits will not recommence until 1st September 2020 and customers will be contacted prior to this date.  Further deferral options on direct debit collection will be given at that time.  If you have any questions, please email info@celticleisure.org.  

Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of Celtic Leisure, said: “Our aim is to let as many people as possible safely access the gyms, swimming pools and exercise classes that we operate.

“By re-opening our six sites, more of our residents will be able to be more active, more often with all the health advantages that that brings. We are hoping that we can gradually re-open our facilities in a phased manner which gives us a safe, controlled, and supervised health and fitness offer so that we can slowly re-build the use of our facilities. 

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming customers back.”

Councillor Peter Rees, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture, said:

“Celtic Leisure has been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to ensure it can reopen its facilities to customers as safely as possible. This includes introducing a number of new hygiene and social distancing measures at all of its centres and swimming pools. 

“We know that people are eager to get back to using the leisure facilities to take advantage of its health and wellbeing benefits, and we are delighted that Celtic Leisure are able to announce their phased reopening dates.”

To keep up with the latest updates from each leisure centre, visit Celtic Leisure’s webpage www.celticleisure.org and social media accounts:

Facebook: @CelticLeisure
Twitter: @CelticLeisure 
Instagram: @Celticleisure

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