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Ex-Wales hooker opens pounds 1m sports facility.

A former Welsh rugby international has opened a sports centre at his old school. The centre was opened by Garin Jenkins at Coedylan Comprehensive School, in Cilfynydd, near Pontypridd. Headteacher Phil Raybould said, 'The brand new Albion Sports Hall will be a great asset to the community for years to come.

'I am delighted to see that local sports groups are already making the most of its wonderful facilities.'

The Albion Sports Hall was built after Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council put in a bid for almost pounds 1m to the Big Lottery Fund to develop a new sports facility on the site of Coedylan Comprehensive.

The school contributed pounds 150,000.

Pupils from local schools, community groups and sports clubs can now use the Albion Sports Hall to brush up their skills in a variety of sports, including rugby, netball, basketball and volleyball.

Tom Davies, of the Big Lottery Fund, said, 'The Big Lottery Fund has awarded millions of pounds of lottery money to help schools and their communities across Wales since 2001.

'I am delighted to say that we have now contributed pounds 50m towards ensuring sports opportunities for youngsters in Wales for years to come.

'Work with the local community is planned for the future to maximise the use of the facilities by establishing new clubs and developing the clubs that already use them.'

During the opening ceremony, guests were treated to a showcase of sports skills from dozens of youngsters who will use and benefit from the new sports hall.

Coedylan Comprehensive pupils displayed their volleyball techniques, Pontypridd Netball Club impressed with their coordination and speed while Cilfynydd Primary pupils demonstrated their rugby talents.

Mike Forey, Rhondda Cynon Taf's cabinet member for education added, 'Just last week, Coedylan pupils were brought together for the first time on one site with the opening of the new teaching block in Cilfynydd.'
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