Ministerial visit for Gwynedd sporting activities

Date: 22/08/2017

The Welsh Minister for Social Services and Public Health recently had a chance to see first-hand the variety of physical activities being offered through Gwynedd Council’s Healthy Lifestyles team.

 The visit provided an opportunity for Rebecca Evans AM to see the summer sports camp at the Arfon Leisure Centre, Caernarfon in action. It provides a range of activities from tennis and athletics to judo and swimming for primary school aged children throughout the summer school holidays.

 In addition, the Minister also visited a rugby camp run in partnership between Gwynedd Council’s Sport for Life team, the Welsh Rugby Union and Caernarfon Rugby Club.  It provided an opportunity to showcase the work being undertaken across the county which has been praised by the Welsh Rugby Union to promote rugby as a positive sporting opportunity for boys and girls across the county.

 Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, said: “With a wealth of natural resources on its doorstep, Gwynedd is a fantastic place to take part in outdoor activities and sport.

 "It has been good to see for myself the range of activities on offer to children in Gwynedd, such as the Sports and Rugby Camps held during the summer holidays. The enthusiasm of the staff, and the fun that the children were having, were clear to see."

 Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member who leads on Healthy Lifestyles, Councillor Craig ab Iago said: “Our vision through the Gwynedd Council’s Healthy Lifestyles team is to inspire and support the people of Gwynedd to live healthy lives. We do this by providing recreational and leisure facilities, as well as providing numerous opportunities for its residents to be active through a variety of programmes.

 “We were delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the variety of opportunities available for people of all ages here in Gwynedd. The summer holidays and the various camps we deliver offer a chance to introduce our young people to the fantastic sporting opportunities available to them across the county.”

 The Minister for Social Services and Public Health also had an opportunity to visit a DementiaGo session at the Dwyfor Leisure Centre in Pwllheli. These popular sessions which are held at five of the Council’s leisure centres offer weekly physical activity classes for people living with dementia along with their caregivers.