Friday 18th September 2015 was a magic day for Rhigos Sports Hall when legendary Wales flanker, Dai Morris officially opened the new Weights Gym.
Dai Morris, the finest sportsman or woman to come from the village said that he was delighted to open this facility which he hoped would improve the health and fitness of current and future generations of Rhigos young men and women.
Dai said he was also pleased that the room has been named the Allan Woodward Gym in memory of Allan who had worked tirelessly to provide sporting opportunities for the people of Rhigos through his leadership of Rhigos Community Sports Hall and Rhigos Sports Football Club.
Allan’s daughter Kerry and grand children Lucy and Richard and his great friend Dai Parker were also present. Kerry spoke for them all when she said that the whole family were pleased that the gym had been named in memory of her father who had devoted so much time to its development. She was sure he was looking down kindly and had stopped the rain that at one time threatened to spoil the occasion.
The Allan Woodward gym was built with funds provided by the Tower Fund and Celtic Energy and on behalf of the Tower Fund, Josh King presented Elfed Bowen Davies for Rhigos Community Sports Association with a commemorative plaque. Josh said that as a Sports Hall user he was particularly pleased that the gym build was the first completed Legacy Project for Tower Fund.
As well as Sports Hall staff (Jackie) and management committee also present with Dai Morris were Rebecca and Michelle from RCT Sport, Ben Male, fitness instructor, Lee and Josh from Tower Fund, Andrew from RCT Homes, Anthony from Walters UK, Kerry, Lucy, Richard and Dai for the family, Pat and Rita for Rhigos Community Council and Graham Thomas for RCT County Borough Council.
Fittingly, as senior politician present, Graham had the last word when he said the Allan Woodward Gym indeed the whole Rhigos Sports Hall facility was a fine example of what dedicated volunteers can do with limited resources. The Rhigos Community Sports Hall has become a centre for sport and recreation in the north of Cynon Valley and long may it continue to prosper.