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Community invited to view indoor sports barn plans

Pupils, staff and the wider community will be able to find out more about plans for a state-of-the-art sports and community hub on Swansea's eastside at events taking place on Monday.

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Swansea Council is working with its partners to deliver the £2m development that will include an indoor pitch, fitness studio and other leisure facilities at Cefn Hengoed School.

Pupils at the school will have a chance to give their views on the plans during sports sessions planned as part of the school day.

Then from 3pm to 6pm there will be informal drop-in sessions for parents, staff, governors and the wider community.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration & Tourism, said: "The sports barn will be a first for Swansea and will deliver on the council's commitment to transform sports and leisure opportunities for pupils at the school and the wider community.

"It is an incredibly exciting development and I would anyone interested to go along to the schools main reception on Monday anytime between 3pm and 6pm to find out more.

"It will be an opportunity to see what is being planned, to talk to the project team and to ask any questions or raise suggestions."

The Welsh Government has agreed to an application for more than £1m in funding to develop indoor facilities.

Swansea Council, in partnership with the school, Freedom Leisure who run the council's leisure centres, The Football Foundation, Swansea City Community Trust and other partners are working closely to secure match funding for the scheme.

As well as an indoor all-weather pitch there are proposal for internal remodelling and refurbishment of the existing leisure centre at Cefn Hengoed School.

The facilities will include a new reception and café area, a new fitness suite, community space/studio and refurbishment of the changing areas.

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Cllr Jennifer Raynor, said: "Pupils along with grassroots sports teams at Penyrheol, Morriston and Pentrehafod are already making extensive use of the 3G pitches that we have provided at those three comprehensive schools.

"There are plans for further pitches at Olchfa and YGG Bryn Tawe as well as this development at Cefn Hengoed.

"The council is not only committed to ensuring that pupils in Swansea enjoy a first class learning environment but also have the sports and leisure facilities to match."

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