Maldwyn Leisure Centre continues to play key role in distribution of Covid-19 vaccinations

March 1 2021

Maldwyn Leisure Centre, Newtown, is proud to be playing a key role as a mass vaccination centre in the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccinations in north Powys.

The centre has been facilitated through a partnership between the centre operator Freedom Leisure, Powys County Council, Powys Teaching Health Board and Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO).

In just five weeks over 12,500 vaccine doses have been administered from Maldwyn Leisure Centre with up to 1,036 vaccine doses being delivered in just one day. Second dose vaccinations are also now being administered for people who received their first dose vaccination in December.

To support the roll-out of the vaccine Powys Freedom Leisure employees are supporting the clinical staff from Powys Teaching Health Board on site, along with PAVO volunteers and the armed forces.

Gwyn Owen, Area Manager, Freedom Leisure Powys said:

“It`s been an honour to work with our Powys partners and such a dedicated team as the Covid-19 vaccine is rolled out across north Powys. My thanks to everyone involved, who on a daily basis are making such a positive difference to all our lives in Powys.”


Cllr Rachel Powell Portfolio Holder for Young People, Culture and Leisure said:

“This vital initiative demonstrates positive working and purpose from all agencies involved. To be  part of such a mass vaccination programme resource demonstrates how important leisure facilities, such as this are, in view to the open spaces that is offered, the high standards being achieved in continuing to be ‘Covid safe’, as well as, continuing to support Health and Public Health Wales` many agendas. Congratulations all.”


Carol Shillabeer, Chief Executive of Powys Teaching Health Board said:

“One of the many wonderful things about Powys is the way in which different organisations come together in partnership. This vaccination programme has been a real testament to what can be achieved when we work together. The health board is extremely grateful for the support of Freedom Leisure to enable us to bring COVID-19 vaccination to so many people so quickly.”


Carl Cooper, CEO, PAVO said:

“We have been delighted to further strengthen our working relationship with key partners to support the mass vaccination programme across Powys. The results and outcomes for people that volunteers and staff have achieved and continue to achieve are nothing short of inspirational and very humbling.”