Free gym memberships for valley teenagers

Young people aged 16-18 who live in the Llynfi, Garw and Ogmore valleys can take advantage of eight weeks of free gym membership as part of the Winter of Wellbeing initiative.

Funded by Welsh Government and provided by Halo Leisure and Bridgend County Borough Council, the programme is designed to encourage young people to live active, healthier lives.

Under the offer, eligible teenagers living in the Llynfi Valley will be able to enjoy a full two months of free activities at both Maesteg Sports Centre and Maesteg Swimming Pool.

Teenagers living in the Garw or Ogmore Valleys can choose between accessing the facilities at both the Garw Valley Life Centre and Ogmore Valley Life Centre.

Cllr Dhanisha Patel, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations, said: “As Wales continues to recover from the social, emotional and physical impact of the pandemic, the wellbeing of children and young people remains a top priority.

“The free membership forms part of the Winter of Wellbeing initiative and is designed to support young people aged 16 to 18 specifically in the Llynfi, Garw and Ogmore valleys.

“It has been made possible thanks to our ongoing partnership with local social enterprise and registered charity, Halo Leisure, and is all about encouraging more young people to be more active, more often.”

Simon Gwynne, Halo Partnership Manager, said: “Halo provides a covid-secure space approved by UKActive where young people can work out or wind down together.

“Sign up before 31 March 2022 to get free access to the Halo facilities in the Llynfi, Garw and Ogmore valleys. Existing Halo members within the range will automatically be moved onto the free package. You can choose how you move – in the gym, in the pool, at group exercise classes, or in the toning suite.”

To take advantage of the offer, eligible teenagers must sign up before the deadline of 31 March 2022 – visit for more details.

You can also sign up in person or over the telephone by visiting or calling Maesteg Sports Centre (01656 678844), Maesteg Swimming Pool (01656 678882), Garw Valley Life Centre (01656 678881) or Ogmore Valley Life Centre (01656 678845).