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Celebrating sports in Ceredigion

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CEREDIGION Sports Council held the 2018 Ceredigion Sports Awards on Friday, July 6, at Penmorfa, Aberaeron.

The Ceredigion Sports Council looks to help all sports clubs from grass roots level to the pinnacle of achievement as internationals.

The Chairman of Ceredigion Sports Council, Councillor Gareth Lloyd said: “This event is organised in partnership with Ceredigion Actif and brings together all that is good about local sport and the people who make it happen. Sport, physical activity and healthy lifestyles are very much a living part of our culture in Ceredigion’s communities.

“We need to continue to invest and develop people and places for future generations to benefit. A deserved thank you to all our supporters, to Sport Wales and Disability Sport Wales for their contributions. Also, to Ceredigion County Council, who have backed us for over a quarter of a century.”

Ian Carswell, from the Teifi Boating Club was awarded the prestigious award of ‘Ceredigion Sports Coach of the Year’ and Mr Eirian Reynolds was awarded the ‘Disability Sport Wales Volunteer Award’.

The ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ was awarded to Catrin Davies who gives a great deal of her time to activities within the school and the community of Tregaron. The ‘Bronze Young Ambassador of the Year’ was awarded to four pupils from Plascrug School, Aberystwyth while the ‘Young Ambassador of the Year’ was presented to Osian Davies, a pupil from Ysgol Bro Teifi.

Another esteemed award that was presented during the ceremony was the ‘Unsung Hero Award’. This award was established three years ago, in recognition of people who dedicate a great deal of their time and effort ‘behind the scenes’ of sports clubs and teams. This year, Tricia Chapman who is a committed volunteer at Ceredigion Netball won the award.

Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Catrin Miles said: “Ceredigion County Council is proud to have backed Ceredigion Sports Council for over 25 years as we ensure achievements within sport are recognised and celebrated.

“We are fully committed to supporting the many sporting activities and opportunities here in Ceredigion. Congratulations to everyone who has been awarded and it’s inspiring to hear of the number of fantastic local sports people we have in our county!”

Wales 7’s Head Coach, Gareth Williams presented 23 sports people with a commemorative certificate in recognition from the Ceredigion Sports Council for becoming internationals and representing Wales for the first time in the past year.

The ‘Talented Junior Individuals Award’ was given to 20 successful applicants of a grant. The grant is to assist talented juniors of school age in their pursuit of excellence to provide training, attendance at competitions and sports equipment.

Active Communities Manager, Steven Jones said: “I’m very pleased with how successful the awards have been. It’s a testament to the number of promising sports people from Ceredigion who’ve gone on to hail success at an international level and we wish them the best of luck for the future.

“It’s also been an opportunity to show recognition to the people who provide support and vision from the beginning; the coaches and volunteers and also to the budding young ambassadors that are delivering exciting new sports projects to others in their schools and communities.

“At Ceredigion Sports Council, in partnership with Ceredigion Actif, we’re pleased to be able to continue to provide support and funding for clubs across the county.”

For more information of the work of Ceredigion Actif and Ceredigion Sports Council, visit: www.ceredigionactif.org.uk.

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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Exercise Referral Scheme doing more for health intervention than ever before

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A record 35,069 participants attended Exercise Referral classes during 2640 hours of health classes in 2019.

The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is an evidence-based health intervention scheme which incorporates physical activity and behavioural change techniques to support referred clients to make lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being.

NERS Ceredigion has seen a dramatic increase in demand over the past year. A coordinator and four full time exercise professionals work to deliver the scheme, delivering 73 classes per week. The age of participants range from 16 years old, with the eldest participant in Ceredigion being 95.

Exercise class options include Gym, Circuit, Postural Stability (seated), Spin Bikes, Aqua Aerobics, Tai Chi and Pilates. Venues include council and community centres in Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, Lampeter, Tregaron, Cardigan and Llandysul.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure, highlighted the benefits of the scheme, “There are many physical, psychological and social benefits to being part of the scheme, including confidence-building, better self-esteem, meeting new people and being generally fitter and healthier. Ceredigion Actif’s highly qualified Health Intervention Team provide opportunities to exercise that are fun, rewarding and that can be incorporated into everyday life.”

NERS Ceredigion targets people with a medical condition through various pathways including generic, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary, PSI falls, stroke rehabilitation, mental health, cancer and weight management. The 16 week tailored programme of exercise is delivered by a team of specialist Level 4 qualified exercise professionals who guide referred participants towards realising their individual goals.

A participant in Aberystwyth said, “This has been the best thing I have ever done. I have thrived from doing different activities and pushing myself out of my comfort zone which has not only helped my self-esteem but also my depression and everything else including my pain. I have also made new friends which I didn’t even consider would happen and we’re not only being social but we’re having fun too which is a bonus”.

There is ongoing monitoring from the instructors with follow up assessments at 16 weeks as well as on completion at 52 weeks. Long-term ‘maintenance’ options are available post 16 weeks which include the continuation of exercise classes as well as opportunities to join clubs such as walking basketball, walking football, golf sessions and walking rugby.

During 2018-2019 there were 913 referrals to the scheme. To gain access to the scheme, a person needs to be referred by a Health Professional, usually a GP, Practice Nurse or a condition specific Physiotherapist.

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