FAQ's

OUTDOOR SPORTS FACILITIES

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, periodic reviews continue to be undertaken by Welsh Government on the restrictions and regulations in place. This includes physical activity and sport, for which national regulations and guidance are issued and updated accordingly here

Welsh Government announcements 

12th March 2021 announcement: Confirmed that outdoor ‘sports facilities’, including basketball courts, tennis courts and golf courses, can reopen across Wales.  

26th March 2021 announcement: allows organised outdoor activity for young people (under 18s and 18 on 31.08.20) from Saturday the 27 March. Up to 6 people from two different households can meet outdoors, not including children under 11.

8th April 2021 announcement: confirmed that the re-opening of organised outdoor activities for adults (over 18 years old) has been moved forward a week earlier* than planned and able to re-start on Monday 26th April.  *Further easements to restrictions will be subject to the public health situation remaining favourable. These will be confirmed at the next three-weekly review of the coronavirus regulations on 22 April.

Whilst various facilities can open, that does not mean they will open, and it also does not mean that you will be able to use them in the same way as you did previously. 

For this purpose, a list of Frequently Asked Questions have been compiled below to help users and provides to understand and comply with a safe return to sport and physical activity in outdoor sports facilities. 

USERS

Can I now go to an outdoor sports facility?

As of Saturday 13 March 2021, some outdoor sport facilities have re-opened as outlined by Welsh Government on 12th March. The First Minister’s latest announcement on the 26th March 2021 allows  

  • organised outdoor activity for young people (under 18s and 18 on 31.08.20)
  • Up to 6 people from two different households can meet outdoors, not including children under 11 

This does not mean that the facility you wish to visit will be open; you should clarify this before you intend to visit it. 

How do I know if a facility is open?

Outdoor sports facilities are managed by a range of organisations, including sports clubs, the County Council, Town and Community councils, and private operators. You are advised to check directly with the organisations to see if their facilities are open.

Can I go to any facility that is open?

Your ability to attend a facility will be affected by multiple factors, and you should check and consider these carefully.

This would include national advice from Welsh Government, for example, any travel and shielding regulations and guidelines.

This would also include local advice from Carmarthenshire County Council, for example, car parks or toilets supporting facilities being open/closed and how they are operating. The facility provider, for example, is also likely to have measures in place you would need to check and consider, for example controlling the number of users at any one time to comply with regulations and guidelines.

What if the time(s) of the bookings are too restricted and don't suit me?

Given the changes from the 27 March opening hours will increase.  To find out the latest opening hours / timetables, click on centre pages  

Amman Valley

Carmarthen

Llandovery

Llanelli

Newcastle Emlyn

St Clears

However, if you wish to make a booking outside of those times please enquire directly to the leisure facility or email actif@carmarthenshire.gov.uk indicating the facility you would like to book along with dates and times and we’ll do our best to meet your requirements 

What can I do at the outdoor sports facility?

Any activity at the facility must comply with Welsh Government regulations and National Governing Body (NGB) guidelines which currently restrict contact and team sports. Activity will also be affected, for example, by how many people/households can come together, and the social distancing required.

Whilst the facility will need to ensure compliance, users must take personal responsibility and only be active in a compliant way.

Can outdoor facilities now be booked for junior activities from 27 March?

Yes, however, this does not mean that the facility you wish to visit will be open; you should clarify this with the facility management before you intend to visit it. 

For specific details regarding each facility please see below.

When can I book an outdoor facility for organised outdoor activities for over 18's?

8th April 2021 announcement: confirmed that the re-opening of organised outdoor activities for adults (over 18 years old) has been moved forward a week earlier* than planned and able to re-start on Monday 26th April.  *Further easements to restrictions will be subject to the public health situation remaining favourable. These will be confirmed at the next three-weekly review of the coronavirus regulations on 22 April.

Will all facilities at the venue be available to me?

Not necessarily. Most indoor facilities will not be allowed to open. If outdoor sports facilities are in a venue that has ancillary facilities such as clubhouses, catering, toilets, changing/locker rooms, playgrounds and indoor activity areas, they will be subject to restrictions allowing those facilities to open.

When will outdoor fitness classes re-start?

Following the Welsh Government announcement on 8 April 2021 as easing of restrictions are brought forward for the sport and leisure sector, outdoor fitness classes at Actif leisure centres will re-start from Monday 26 April. Timetables for each centre will be available shortly.  Please note that further easements to restrictions will be subject to the public health situation remaining favourable. These will be confirmed at the next three-weekly review of the coronavirus regulations on 22 April.

Which Carmarthenshire County Council outdoor sports facilities are open?

Please note, this list will be under constant review – please check back to view the current status:

 

*BOOKINGS FOR OUTDOOR FACILITIES ARE NOW LIVE*

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Carmarthen Leisure Centre

Athletics Track Status:

- Open for elite athletes (via Welsh Athletics).  

- Open for individual bookings.  

- Open for Club Bookings for juniors (under 18s and 18 on 31.08.20)

All of above subject to WG and NGB regulations and guidance on numbers, social distancing and activity.

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AstroTurf Pitch Status:

- Open for bookings (up to 6 people from 2 households) 

- Open for Club Bookings for juniors (under 18s and 18 on 31.08.20)

All of the above subject to WG and NGB regulations and guidance on numbers, social distancing and activity.

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Tennis Courts Status:

- Open for bookings (up to 6 people from 2 households) 

- Open for Club Bookings for juniors (under 18s and 18 on 31.08.20)

All of the above subject to WG and NGB regulations and guidance on numbers, social distancing and activity.

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Amman Valley Leisure Centre

AstroTurf Pitch Status:

- Open for bookings (up to 6 people from 2 households) 

- Open for Club Bookings for juniors (under 18s and 18 on 31.08.20)

All of the above subject to WG and NGB regulations and guidance on numbers, social distancing and activity.

Available Sessions:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings half pitch hire for 1 hour @ £36.00

16.00-17.00

17.30-18.30

Saturday morning:

09.00-10.00

10.30-11.30

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If you would like to request a booking for AstroTurf sessions outside of these times, please e-mail actif@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Llanelli Leisure Centre

AstroTurf Pitch Status:

- Open for bookings (up to 6 people from 2 households) 

- Open for Club Bookings for juniors (under 18s and 18 on 31.08.20)

All of the above subject to WG and NGB regulations and guidance on numbers, social distancing and activity.

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Ysgol Penrhos

3G Artificial Pitch Status:  

- Open for Club Bookings for juniors (under 18s and 18 on 31.08.20)

All of the above subject to WG and NGB regulations and guidance on numbers, social distancing and activity.

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Pembrey Country Park

Facilities Status:

Recreational ski (with own equipment): Open from 20/3/21

Toboggan: Closed

Closed Road Circuit Cycling Track: Open from 17/3/21 (not for club bookings)

Golf (Pitch & Putt and Adventure Golf): Open from 20/3/21 (Restricted capacity)

Bike Hire: Open from 20/3/21

Pump Track: Open from 17/3/21 (Restricted capacity)

Millennium Coastal Path

North Dock (Open Water): Open

FACILITY PROVIDERS AND SPORTS CLUBS

Can we re-open our facility?

Welsh Government announcements 

12th March 2021 announcement: Confirmed that outdoor ‘sports facilities’, including basketball courts, tennis courts and golf courses, can reopen across Wales.  

26th March 2021 announcement: allows organised outdoor activity for young people (under 18s and 18 on 31.08.20) from Saturday the 27 March. Up to 6 people from two different households can meet outdoors, not including children under 11.

8th April 2021 announcement: confirmed that the re-opening of organised outdoor activities for adults (over 18 years old) has been moved forward a week earlier* than planned and able to re-start on Monday 26th April.  *Further easements to restrictions will be subject to the public health situation remaining favourable. These will be confirmed at the next three-weekly review of the coronavirus regulations on 22 April.

Do we have to open our facility?

No, you should only open your facility when it is right to do so. This may mean:  

  • you open your facility in accordance with Welsh Government and NGB guidelines;  
  • you delay your opening to meet these government guidelines; or 
  • you remain closed.  

This is your choice and should be carefully considered to ensure it is the right thing for the provider and the public. 

Communication is key – ensure you keep your members/users informed of your decision, ideally with your reasons. If they know why you have made the decision you have, there is a greater chance of understanding and you receiving less queries.  

What do we need to do if we choose to open our facility?

It is critical that each facility operator considers all guidance carefully before opening. This includes Welsh Government guidance and any Sport Specific guidance from the relevant National Governing Body.

A thorough risk assessment should be completed, and activity is likely to take place in an adapted format to ensure compliance with regulations, e.g. social distancing, number of households/participants, location participants are travelling from, etc.

For any assistance with this, see ‘Where can I get further advice and support’ below. Communication is key – ensure you keep your members/users informed of your decision, ideally with your reasons. If they know why you have made the decision you have, there is a greater chance of understanding and you receiving less queries.

Can I open indoor facilities at my venue?

Restrictions will remain in place regarding indoor facilities, and providers must check and adhere to relevant Welsh Government guidance. Clubhouses, catering, toilets, changing/locker rooms, retail and indoor activity areas may be part of your venue but they will not be able to open unless this has been advised by government and any required measures put in place by the provider.

Where can I get further advice and support?

Further Welsh Government guidance on the phased return of sport, recreation and leisure can be found here.

Sport Wales and Welsh Sports Association are national organisations supporting the sport sector and Welsh Government. Both have significant resources available via their websites, including Sport Wales making ‘relief funding’ available to the sector.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s ‘Actif Sport & Leisure’ Community Sport staff are available to provide advice and support, and to signpost you to services where relevant.

Pembrey Country Park website will provide key information on times and how to book activities and campsite, please visit www.pembreycountrypark.wales all activities must be pre booked in advance.

SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE COMMUNITY

Can I now meet up with a group of friends to play sport outdoors?

As of the Welsh Government review on the 26th March, from the 27 March the number of adults from up to 2 households who are able to meet outdoors increases from 4 to 6. Children under 11 and carers do not count towards this limit. There must be no indoors mixing and social distancing should be followed. 

Welsh Ministers are required to review the need for the requirements and restrictions in the regulations every 21 days.  

As the scientific and medical advice changes in relation to the number of Coronavirus cases and deaths in Wales the regulations will change.  

Please click here for the latest advice for organised outdoor activity here 

Can my sports club start back training outdoors?

As of the Welsh Government review on the 26th March, junior sports clubs (under 18s and 18 on 31.08.20) are able to return to outdoor activity, subject to adhering with WG and NGB guidelines from the 27 March 

Carmarthenshire County Council sports facilities are accepting outdoor bookings on this basis. Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities will be considered as part of the 22 April review.  

Please be aware that each National Governing Body for Sport will issue their own guidelines returning to sport. Please visit their website or contact your NGB for more information.

How many children can take part in outdoor organised activities?

Each National Governing Body for Sport will issue their own guidelines returning to sport. Please visit their website or contact your NGB for more information.

If I’m allowed to take part in organised outdoor sport or activity, will I have to provide my details?

NGBs and clubs should ensure that activity organisers are aware of the Welsh Government’s Test, Trace, Protect strategy and of their organisation’s requirements to comply with that strategy, as well as the associated GDPR implications of retaining and making available people’s personal information as needed, both in terms of officials and players in the recreational sport setting.

Activity organisers should support Test, Trace, Protect by collecting information on participants at both training and matches. Each sport / NGB will determine in their action plan or guidance the process their sport will go through to enable Test, Trace, Protect efforts to happen, by clearly explaining the way in which all information on participants will be collected at both training and matche

How are some sports able to return to competitive matches and others can’t?

The Welsh Government has issued advice on the return of organised outdoor activity, however it is up to each National Governing Body to ensure that this can be carried out, and take place safely and responsibly.

In the planning for the safe return to sport each NGB will provide regulations that clubs and organisations will have to follow to mitigate the risk of increasing the spread of Coronavirus. These will include regulations around social distancing, sharing of equipment and Test, Trace, Protect

In line with these regulations NGB’s will issue their own guidelines and advice on what activities are safe to do whether playing a match is feasible.

For some outdoor, non or low contact sports, the return to competition will be sooner than those indoors and high contact. Please visit your NGB’s website or contact your NGB for more information.

ACTIF ANYWHERE

Can I still access Actif Anywhere, your Online live streaming platform during the closure?

Yes, the Actif Anywhere platform will be running as normal and you will be able to access daily live-streamed classes straight to your front room.

Your health and wellbeing is extremely important to us so we wanted to make sure that you still have access to resources that can help you stay active during this latest lockdown.

Great news! We have extended FREE access to our online / live streaming service, Actif Anywhere for the duration of the lockdown closure (while we remain in Alert level 4, subject to Welsh Government's reviews). For those of you who had reactivated your Direct Debit membership or had joined as new members prior to the lockdown you get FREE access to Actif Anywhere.  Simply log in once using your Email and Password  click here.

OTHER OPTIONS
 
Actif Anywhere only membership
Sign up to an Actif Anywhere only membership
Only £10 a month
 
Pay as you go

Access the online / Live classes on a pay as you go basis - £6 per class or Sign up to an Actif Anywhere only membership
Only £10 a month

 

What is Actif Anywhere?

Actif Anywhere is a brand new live streaming service bringing you real-time fitness classes that you can do anywhere, by using your phone, tablet or laptop.  

It's like being in a 'normal' fitness class just that you are taking part at home, in the garden, at work or maybe even in your local park.  

We will have a host of daily fitness classes that you can get involved in from, Strength & Conditioning, Cardio & Endurance, Dance classes, HIIT, Yoga & Relaxation, Cycling and more! So there really is something for everyone.

All of these classes will be delivered to you by our friendly Actif Instructors.

What are the advantages of signing up to Actif Anywhere?

Why should you sign up to Actif Anywhere?

  • Live and interactive
  • Fits around your daily routine
  • Simple to access and convenient
  • Portable (you can do it anywhere!) and access the platform on 3 different devices - phone, laptop and tablet 
  • Train with your favourite Actif coaches
  • High-quality and motivating instruction by our instructors
  • Cost-effective as you don't need to travel anywhere

 

What classes are currently on the Actif Anywhere Timetable?

We are bringing you online fitness classes which you can take part in without leaving your home! Join Rachel, Cath, Tracey, Sion and Leon for more than 20 live classes, six days a week this month.

There are a variety of classes on offer with more to be added… including

  • HIIT,
  • Tabata,
  • Circuits,
  • Power / Gentle Yoga,
  • Exercise to Music,
  • Boxfit,
  • Dance HIIT / Gold,
  • Family Fitness,
  • Core & Stretch,
  • Dumbbells & Core,
  • Back to Fitness,
  • Sculpt & Tone,
  • Body Sculpt,
  • Burn Lite,
  • Legs, Bums & Tums,
  • Actif Jama Party

How can I get involved with Actif Anywhere?

Staying Active at the start of 2021!
Great news! We have extended FREE access to our online / live streaming service, Actif Anywhere for the duration of the lockdown closure (while we remain in Alert level 4, subject to Welsh Government's reviews). For those of you who have reactivated your Direct Debit membership with us or had joined as new members prior to the lockdown you continue to have FREE access.  You will be able to log in and access over 30+ live classes plus on demand content in the comfort of your home.  Simply log in once using your Email and Password  click here.
 
OTHER OPTIONS
 
Actif Anywhere only membership
Sign up to an Actif Anywhere only membership
Only £10 a month
 
Pay as you go

Access the online / Live classes on a pay as you go basis - £6 per class or Sign up to an Actif Anywhere only membership
Only £10 a month

What devices can I use to access Actif Anywhere?

If you have access to a smart device such as mobile phone, tablet or laptop, – you can access Actif Anywhere whether you're at home, at work or at the beach.

If you haven't already, download our app - search Actif Sport and Leisure in your app store. Once you've downloaded the app you will see a button on there for 'Live/Online fitness classes' click on this and put in your email address and PIN. Once you've added your details once it should remember you so you won't need to put your membership ID and PIN in every time.

How to log in?

Click here to log in using your e-mail address and password.