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Sport in Mind

Sport in Mind ® is an award winning mental health charity (unaffiliated to Mind and not part of the local Mind network) offering free, weekly physical activity sessions for anyone 17+ 

We are the UK’s leading mental health sports charity and deliver physical activity (sport, walking, dance and movement, gardening and exercise sessions) projects in partnership with the amazing NHS in order to aid recovery, promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction. 

We’ve seen firsthand the positive impact physical activity can have on people’s mental health having supported the recovery of thousands of people each year (sporty people and people who say they’ve never previously liked sport). We believe there’s a sport or physical activity out there for everyone and Sport in Mind’s aim is to ensure every single person in the country has the opportunity to improve their mental health through a physical activity session they enjoy. 

Our activity timetable in Gwent: 

What:  Table Tennis in Abergavenny  (more information available on our Activity Map

When: Every Tuesday 2.00 – 3.00pm 

Where: Abergavenny Community Centre, Merthyr Rd, Abergavenny NP7 5BY (Main Hall) 

What:  Yoga in Ebbw Vale (more information available on our Activity Map

When: Every Wednesday 12:00 – 1:00 pm   

Where: Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre, Lime Ave, Ebbw Vale NP23 6GL (Dance Studio) 

What:  Yoga in Abergavenny (more information available on our Activity Map

When: Every Thursday 1.00 – 2:00 pm 

Where: Abergavenny Community Centre, Merthyr Rd, Abergavenny NP7 5BY (Creative Room) 

If you are encouraging participants along to our sessions, please complete our Online Participant Form (ideally before attending the first session) – 

Quotes from Sport in Mind participants: 

“Being given the opportunity to play sport has helped me build confidence and be myself again. I’ve also made some really good friends.”   

“Playing sport has given my life focus and helped me get back on track.”   

“I’ve been through some hard times with depression but joining Sport in Mind’s groups have made a massive difference to my life and for the first time in years I feel like I’m making huge strides on my road to recovery.” 

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A & J Future Fitness

A&J Future Fitness is a great local gym in Abergavenny that welcomes users of all abilities. The gym offers two separate areas, downstairs is the weights section and upstairs contains a cardio suite and an open space area for more freeform workouts (punchbag, kettle bells, skipping ropes, a sledge and mats for abdominal exercises).

The staff at the gym are very welcoming and will give advice if required (just ask for Arnie or Gavin). There’s also a personal trainer who provides one-to-one sessions for a more focused approach.

A&J Future Fitness also work in conjunction with local support and mental health groups and are more than happy to discuss availability for your group or service to use the gym.

A quote from a regular gym user “I use the gym three days per week and it’s helped me to add focus and structure to my life. I’ve also become much fitter and as a result my self-esteem has improved. I’ve also made friends with other gym users who are regulars like myself. It was hard when I first started but I couldn’t imagine not going, exercise is so important to me”.

Visit A&J’s website below for more information