26 July 2019

Following the closure of YMCA Newport in February 2019, Newport Live is delighted to announce it has taken over operation of this vital community venue in the heart of Pillgwenlly. The charitable trust, who operate sport, leisure, theatre arts and culture in the city, are due to reopen the building this Autumn with a programme of sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing, music, education and art activity as well as meeting, event and conferencing facilities available for hire.

Newport Live already provides an extensive sport, physical activity, wellbeing, health and fitness programme, a range of sporting activities, professional theatre and arts performances and other activities across their venues. They also work with partners to deliver sport and arts development programmes to facilitate opportunities for children, young people, families, schools, communities and sports clubs across Newport and now across the wider area of Gwent.

The organisation already operates six venues across Newport including Newport Centre, The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre, the Active Living Centre as well as venues at the Newport International Sports Village comprising of the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales, the Regional Swimming Pool and Tennis Centre and Newport Stadium, the YMCA makes this their 7th venue.

Andrew Templeton, Chief Executive of YMCA Cardiff Group said “We are delighted to have secured the future of this building with Newport Live. It was vital for the YMCA that the building retained its community focus and we are looking forward to working in partnership with Newport Live over the coming years to develop this vital community building further. Newport Live has a number of exciting plans in motion and I am sure the local community will welcome the doors reopening again soon.”

John Harrhy, Chairman of Newport Live said “We are delighted to take on this new building and to be able to provide this vital facility and services to communities in Newport and beyond. This is the first time Newport Live has taken on a new venue and we’re looking forward to working with the YMCA Group as well as the opportunities this building presents in helping us to inspire more people to be happier and healthier.”

Newport Live is a non-profit distribution organisation and registered charity, which means the money they make is wholly reinvested into the services and facilities they offer, so all Newport Live customers are supporting their local community through the delivery of these projects and activities.

For further enquiries about this exciting new development please email enquiries@newportlive.co.uk or call 01633 656757.

You can also find Newport Live at www.newportlive.co.uk or on social media at Facebook.com/NewportLiveUK and @NewportLiveUK on Twitter and Instagram.

For further enquiries about the YMCA, please email enquiries@ymcacardiff.wales or call 02920465250.

For more information please contact Gemma Durham, Newport Live Marketing Manager on 01633 656757 or email gemma.durham@newportlive.co.uk or press.office@newportlive.co.uk



Newport Live is a not for profit distribution organisation and registered charity who deliver services through a partnership with Newport City Council. Newport LIVE is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, Company Number 9323582 and is a registered charity. The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre is also recognised as a Regional Performing Arts Centre by the Arts Council of Wales.

Newport Live operate the Active Living Centre, Newport Centre, The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre and the Newport International Sports Village (NISV). NISV also comprises of the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales, the South East Wales Regional Swimming Pool and Tennis Centre and the Newport Stadium, whilst also delivering Arts and Sport and Physical Activity Development programmes which are sector leading and national award winning.


YMCA Cardiff Group:

 We have a range of meeting rooms and a theatre available at our site in the Walk in Cardiff and at our other site YMCA Plas. You can hire by the hour or by the day (7 days a week) and there is the option of refreshments and food available also (available only Mon-Fri). Visit our pricing page to see the options available or give us a call to discuss your requirements. 

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