Young footballers attending Merthyr Leisure Centre’s school holiday soccer camps could now find themselves scouted by top clubs thanks to a brand new partnership.

Merthyr Leisure Centre, represented by Community Sports Development Officer Lisa Jones, is honoured to announce a new partnership with PJSS Elite Academy, a soccer sporting academy for children and young people headed by former Cardiff City and Welsh International footballer Paul Parry and Bristol City and Newport County player Darren Jones.

With almost 35 years’ experience in professional football between them, Paul and Darren, along with PJSS Head of Talent Identification Simon Grist, provide a link with Bristol City for new and emerging young talent as well as running the Academy from their base in Newport. The partnership will see PJSS Elite now bring their unique style of coaching to the Merthyr Centre to support half term Soccer Camp classes for 5-14 year olds with additional support offered for term time Soccer Skill sessions (Mondays and Tuesdays).  

Paul said: “When Darren and I learned of a possible affiliation with Merthyr Leisure Centre, we jumped at the opportunity with both hands. There is so much talent here, and to be able to offer those young players a pathway into elite football is fantastic.

“Our Development Centre at Newport, just a short journey away is a great environment to come into, for young aspiring players to learn and develop, from the high standard of coaching we provide. With our association to Bristol City, those showing a high level of talent can move onto bigger stages through the PJSS pathway.

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Lisa says the partnership will create excellent opportunities for the growing number of young people who attend sessions and show considerable promise.

“Over the past few years our Soccer Camps have been enjoyed by hundreds of children and young people, many of whom have gone onto have trials and opportunities at clubs across Wales and the wider UK”, said Lisa.

“This new link with PJSS Elite Academy provides a huge boost for our sports camps and we are excited to see the opportunities working together will open up for young people in Merthyr Tydfil.”

Booking for the February Half Term Soccer Camps opens Monday February 5th .

Please contact Merthyr Leisure Centre on 01685 727476 for details.

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A local businessman is backing our brand new children’s sports camps at Merthyr Leisure Centre, sponsoring free breakfasts for all children who attend.

Dad of two and dedicated sports fan James Wheatcroft, owner of local company Mogsy Belle, is making his pledge as we excitedly announce our new five-day camps which will kick off just in time for February half term.

Offering a fun daily schedule of multi sports, team games and quizzes; and now running from 8.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday throughout half term, the activity camps are priced at just £10 per day with the option to pre book four days and get the fifth day completely FREE.

Children will also now start their day at 8.30am with a breakfast of juice, toast and cereal, all of which has been funded by Mr Wheatcroft.

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Mr Wheatcroft with son Morgan and Merthyr Leisure Officer Lisa

“Merthyr is renowned for its great sporting achievements and we have lots of talent to celebrate and shout about”, said James, of Swansea Road, Merthyr Tydfil

“As a local business, and as the dad of a six year old who loves football, I am delighted to be able to support the new sessions with Lisa and the Merthyr Leisure team.  It is great to see so much sport on offer for children in Merthyr and I hope the sponsorship will give kids a great start for what I am sure will be a fun-filled week.”

Lisa Jones, Community Sport Development Officer at Merthyr Leisure, added: “We want to say a huge thanks to James for his generosity in supporting us. By expanding the sessions and providing breakfast we hope we have made it possible for more children to take part and enjoy. We look forward to some great sessions in February!”

Booking for the February Half Term Children’s Sports Camps is open. For details please call us on 01685 727452.   


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Aged 60 or over?

if you are aged 60 or over you can swim FREE at our Merthyr and Aberfan centres. Register with us today or get in touch for details. 

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Mermaid and Sharks at Merthyr Leisure Centre 

Brand new to Merthyr Leisure Centre, Mermaid and Shark Swim Sessions for children aged 4 and over. Taking place every Wednesday 6pm and 6.30pm we are pleased to offer a block of five sessions at the introductory price of £25. 

Each session features lots of fun swimming activities for children to enjoy (Participants must meet criteria listed below). Booking is essential, please contact the Swimming Team for details on 01685 727476 or 01685 727363. Alternatively please email

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New Sky Ultimate Package comes to Merthyr Leisure Centre Fitness Suite.

We are delighted to announce that gym customers at Merthyr Leisure Centre can now view a range of premier sporting events thanks to our brand new Sky Ultimate package.

This is available on screens and a range of fitness machines in our Merthyr Leisure Centre gym. Sky music channels are also available to help motivate you as you work out.

Speak to staff for details!


Library Hub at Merthyr Leisure Centre

Merthyr Tydfil Library Service has been awarded a £100,000 grant from CyMAL: Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales, funding new plans to make the Library Service more accessible than ever before.

The Library team, which is also now managed by the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, are set to expand on the success of their pilot project, the Library Hub, which was introduced into Merthyr Leisure Centre in August 2015.

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Providing loan services, a weekly reading group and IT sessions, the Library Hub saw membership increase significantly with more than 200 new customers joining Merthyr Tydfil Library Service in the first four months. Benefits to new customers included seven day extended opening hours, free parking and a café area onsite while Merthyr Tydfil Library Service were also able to link in with the various classes and activities for children and adults already taking place at the popular Trust-run Centre.

The team now plan to build on this success using the new funding to expand the Hub as a multi-functional Library area. The new development will offer a greater range and number of books to borrow, a PC suite for IT sessions and drop in use and a better space for visitors to relax, socialise or take part in organised Library activities.

And it will be business as usual at Merthyr Central Library with customers still able to access the same services and activities as before.

Principal Librarian Jane Sellwood, said: “We are delighted that thanks to Welsh Government we will now be able to move forward with our plans to develop the Library service to better meet the needs of people living in Merthyr and visiting Merthyr.

“While we will continue to provide services at the current Central Library we recognise that the lack of a customer lift means all our services are not accessible to all our visitors.

“Merthyr Leisure Centre provides an ideal opportunity for us to change this and we are looking forward to working with our Leisure Trust colleagues in Leisure to engage more people with our services.

Merthyr Tydfil Library Service has already seen the benefits of linking in with Leisure Services with the introduction of Aberfan Library at Aberfan and Merthyr Vale Community Centre.

A successful refurbishment of the Aberfan Library venue saw a 33.3% increase in Library visits and the Library now hosts a popular programme of events and activities for the whole community.




















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