AiM Sports Academy

by andrew cronin in Maerdy, Wales, United Kingdom

AiM Sports Academy
We did it
On 21st April 2019 we successfully raised £20 with 2 supporters in 49 days

BIG NEWS! We are excited to announce that we are taking on our own venue to encourage all ages to try new and exciting sports.

by andrew cronin in Maerdy, Wales, United Kingdom


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

Heating                         £1,000

Foam Pit                       £4,000

Reception area             £200

Lighting                         £500

Café Units                     £600

Paint                              £300

Outdoor Security          £400

Tables & Chairs             £560

Flooring                        £2,800

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:

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!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

£1 Reward

If you donate £1 you will receive... A HIGH FIVE! Thats right! The infamous coach HIGH FVE!

£2 or more

£2 Reward

An AiM Team member will do a back flip in your honour.

£3 or more

£3 Sponsor a coach

Do you feel sorry for our coaches? Lugging around equipment to multiple venues, Taking extra time to set up our portable equipment, Getting no extra praise or even a high five! Donate £3 today and give yourself a pat on the back for supporting our coaches.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Claim your Limited Edition AiM Sports Academy 2019 sticker.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

THANK YOU email from all of us and a press up in your honour.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

1 x class pass in the new venue redeemable whenever you are ready to go.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

3 x class passes for any of our classes redeemable whenever you are ready to go.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

20% off our AiM Apparel shop Get a unique discount code to redeem.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

4 x Class passes for any our classes redeemable whenever you are ready to go.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Limited Edition AiM Sports Academy 2019 AiM Army T - Shirt

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Private 1 hour class for 1 person for gymnastics, parkour, tumbling. Redeemable whenever you are ready to go.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

1 hour class for 12 friends (adults or kids) in the new venue redeemable whenever you are ready.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

1 Month pass for 1 person to join in as many classes you can squeeze in. Suitable for all levels.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

VIP Access + AiM VIP T - Shirt. You will have the first look inside the new venue and have a private 2-hour session in one of our sports Gymnastics, Parkour or Tumbling.

£150 or more

£150 Reward

1 month Family pass for 4 members to join in as many classes you can squeeze in. Suitable for all levels.

£300 or more

£300 or more Reward

Your very own private event for 15 participants, This can be a party or a team building event. Be the first to book an event with us, One you will always remember.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

1 year pass for 1 participant to join in as many classes you can squeeze in. Suitable for all levels. Think of the skill level you can achieve!

£500 or more

£500 School & Youth Service Reward

Exclusive School Trip for 50 pupils to attend the AiM Sports Academy. This will include 2 x Coaches, Bottle of water per pupil and limited edition AiM Sticker. This works out at just £10 per pupil!

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