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Best places in Ceredigion for watching Scarlets

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Missed out on tickets for the last three Scarlets Guinness PRO14 matches against Edinburgh Rugby, Zebre Rugby Club and the Dragons? Not signed up to Premier Sports? Here’s the best venues in Ceredigion where you can cheer on the boys

  1. Aberystwyth RFC FACT CHECKED

Where: Plascrug, Aberystwyth, SY23 1HL

Offering fans the opportunity to watch the Scarlets battle it out on multiple screens, Aberystwyth club house is sure to be buzzing on game days. Enjoy a burger for £2.50 and a pint starting at £3.20, and soak up the atmosphere of the game with other die-hard rugby fans.

Aberystwyth club house is open 6:30-9:30pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and Saturday until 11:00pm and does not require membership to enter. Food is served on Saturday’s and until 8:00pm.

2. Harbourmaster Hotel and Pub

Where: 1 Quay Parade, Aberaeron, SA46 0BT

Photograph courtesy of The Harbourmaster

Serving local produce with the likes of Cardigan Bay crab and Welsh beef and lamb, the harbour-side bar with funky décor is a fabulous location for Scarlets fans to watch the game on Saturday against the Blues.

With lunch served from 12:00pm-2:30pm and dinner from 6:00pm-9:00pm every day, the establishment also has a killer cocktail list with locally-made spirits. Guests of all ages welcome

3. Lampeter Town RFC FACT CHECKED

Where: Memorial Playing Fields on North Road, Lampeter, SA48 7JA

Get your game on at Lampeter Town RFC club house and enjoy the buzz alongside other Scarlets fans. The club is open on Friday evening, all-day Saturday and Sunday afternoon and welcomes all.

Support the lads at this much-loved watering hole with pints of bitter and draught cider under £3.30 and coffee for just £1.00. No food served on match days at the moment but this will change shortly.

4. The White Horse

Where: Upper Portland Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 2DT

The White Horse is a hustling and bustling pub in the heart of Aberystwyth and is one of the most popular places amongst rugby fans for watching games. With multiple plasma screens, a fully stocked bar and friendly staff, this venue is the perfect place to meet Scarlets fans alike to cheer on the boys. They also have a function area where large groups are welcome. Scarlets fan party anyone?

Open from 10:00am – 11:00pm every day with extended hours until midnight on Saturday, The White Horse is the place be for Scarlets fans!

5. Cwmanne Tavern

Where: Cwmann SA48 8DR

Open every day from 11:00am-11:30am, Cwmanne Tavern is a local haunt, with a mixture of menu items including Welsh lamb kebabs, steak and chips and potato cakes stuffed with wild garlic pesto to indulge when watching the Scarlets game.

Joining Scarlets alike, Cwmanne Tavern is a great place to enjoy the match with everyone of all ages. The venue is also home to a medley of vegan items too!

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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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