We have been working hard across South Wales in schools, focused mainly in the Rhondda Cynnon Taff area. This year we will be opening our own venue in Ferndale. This venue will help to engage and encourage the local and surrounding communities into sport, healthy living and in turn promote good mental health.
In 2018 we consulted with friends and Parents of the children who came to our sessions. One parent mentioned there was a venue that would be perfect for AiM, knowing that we were looking for our own venue. This started the idea!
This space is BIG and was once a well know skate park, this is now empty and has been for some time. We need to renovate this large empty unit into something unique for all of the community and surrounding valleys. We have so many plans but we need your help to bring to life these phenomenal ideas for the people of Rhondda Cynnon Taff and Wales.
We know that if you where to donate your hard earned money to this fantastic cause you would want to know where every penny is going. Below we have put a breakdown of each of the essentials to bring this venue to life.
Every support will include a reward. Think of this as an investment on what could be the most unique and most exciting facility in Wales, or the UK.
The Important Stuff!
Boiler + Fittings £500
Foam Pit £4,000
Reception area £200
Café Units £600
Outdoor Security £400
Tables & Chairs £560
The total of above comes to £10,860. We will be investing significant amount of time and money to ensure we secure the venue and include the best equipment available to help us continue to deliver a high standard of sessions.
Pen Y Cymoedd.
We are very excited to say we have had tremendous support to help us start the new venue from Sports Wales and Pen Y Cymoedd. These funds have been allocated to certain areas within the venue and are separate from the above amount. The Wind Farm grant has given us the support we need to get the venue up and running and purchase the core equipment that we need to open. The staff have been unconditionally helpful and supported us throughout the process of the grant and getting our own facility.
Sports Wales development:
We are the first to be awarded by Sports Wales Development grant in Wales to build a Parkour area within the venue. We have to say a massive thank you, This support will create a specialist Parkour area with the help from Ukieme, Glasgow. The Parkour area will have multiple levels including bar set up, foam pit and movable boxes for different ages and abilities.
The venue itself is missing a few important things but with your support we can ensure classes will available to attend straight away after the biggest event and opening that we have ever done.
AiM Sports Academy:
"Our mission is to inspire movement and engage our participants in high energetic and fun sessions. With experience delivering within sports development departments, schools and local councils across Wales, we are proud to say that our standards are at their highest."
Andrew Cronin, Director, Founder and Head Coach of AiM Sports Academy has been working in Rhondda Cynon Taff for over 8 year providing Parkour and other non-traditional sports, engaging children and young adults and giving them a healthy outlet for their passion. We have seen the benefits of these sports and how they provide new skills and training to bring communities together.
With a long list of highly qualified and passionate coaches we can truly say that every class will be a fun filled learning experience for the pupils.
If you are a professional, tradesperson and can help share our story or are even are just willing to get messy and are good with a paint brush. Contact us to help your community.
Q – When will you be open?
A - Our AiM is to open the venue by June 2019. This depends on community support and final planning permission.
Q – What’s inside the venue?
A - A quirky new café, good quality snacks and hot and cold drinks. There will also be an upstairs viewing area overlooking the entire venue with comfortable 'chill out' seating and a games section.
Ground floor will have individual sport sections with a large grass area for fitness classes, parties, events and a soft play area for tots.
We will be installing a huge parkour area, ninja course, foam pit and a large sprung floor.
Q – What sports will you be providing?
A - This is an easy one, we will be delivering general and graded classes in Gymnastics, Parkour and Tumbling. Adult and youth fitness classes and hosting the local cheer club.
Q – What will the opening event entail?
A - The opening event will be free of charge there will be displays and taster sessions for Cheerleading, Parkour and Gymnastics for all ages and abilities. We will have competitions and will challenge your fitness with timed ninja course, pull up challenge, best trick and more. A raffle will be held with prices such as AiM Apparel, our classes and much more.
Q – How can I get involved?
A - You can help by donating and being part of the team by checking out our rewards section.
If you do have any more questions, please contact us!