Brecon's new gym opening ceremony

February 15 2017

Brecon Leisure Centre's new gym was officially opened by Rob Davies MBE and Welsh International Dan Lydiate on Wednesday 15th February 2017.

Freedom Leisure team members, council members, Table Tennis Paralympian, Rob Davies MBE and Welsh International Rugby player, Dan Lydiate attended the opening ceremony of the centres new gym on 15th February.

The new gym, which was completed on 7th December, was officially opened by Rob Davies, who regularly trains at the centre – when he isn’t being honoured at the palace with an MBE and winning gold medals in Rio and welsh international rugby player Dan Lydiate, who grew up in Powys and used the centre during his college years.

Brecon Leisure Centre has undergone a £485k refurbishment, with the new gym just the first part of the wider project to upgrade the facility as part of Freedom Leisure's and Powys County Councils commitment to providing excellent health and fitness facilities for the whole community.

The brand new gym is greatly expanded and relocated to the former ten pin bowling area, now much bigger it is fitted out with all the latest state-of-the-art equipment and has been designed to meet with current Disability Discrimination Act regulations and includes provision of new inclusive fitness equipment that is Inclusive Fitness Initiative recognised, so everybody can benefit from the refurbishment.


The second phase of the project, to convert the old gym into a fitness studio is now complete and will enable the very latest group exercise classes to run from the centre.

Richard Gealy, Freedom Leisure Centre Assistant Manager, said: “This is an important and popular community facility and we are pleased that we now have a modern gym for local residents to use. We are absolutely delighted that Rob and Dan will be joining us, along with council members and local dignitaries, to be part of the opening, as Rob is a member and regularly trains at the centre, while Dan grew up locally and is a good example of why these types of facilities are important for children.”

"Thank you for the invite, enjoyed the presentation and the tour of the new facilities.  The whole area is impressive and has totally transformed the centre"

Craig Jones

After the formal opening Rob Davies MBE demonstrated his Olympic medal winning skills on the table, playing against freedom leisure team members, following a tour of the new gym and studio.