Owen Smith visits Arthur’s Gym

Pontypridd MP Owen Smith was delighted to visit Arthur’s Gym in Rhydyfelin recently to see first-hand the great work boxing champion Jamie Arthur is doing in the local community.

Arthur’s Gym has been dubbed the ‘neighbourhood gym’ in Rhydyfelin- its unique social and community-led style of training has paved the way for it to become incredibly popular with local users of all ages. The gym is fitted with boxing facilities and cardiovascular equipment, and also holds fitness classes for a range of abilities.

Former boxing champion Jamie started up Arthur’s Gym in 2012 to help improve the health and wellbeing of local people in Rhydyfelin. Arthur’s Gym provides a space for people to socialise while developing their skills and improving discipline through training. Since its opening, the gym has gone from strength to strength and Jamie and a delegation of gym users have appeared on the National Lottery Live after securing £13,000 in Lottery funding. 

Commenting on his visit, Owen Smith said:

“It is fantastic to witness the great work Jamie is doing here in Rhydyfelin to improve the lives of the local community. I’m really impressed by the popularity of the gym and by the hard work of Jamie and his staff who have clearly excelled themselves in making Arthur’s Gym such a success.

“I commend Jamie on his diligence and enthusiasm in setting up the gym from scratch and opening up his doors to the community of Rhydyfelin. I wish Arthur’s Gym all the success in the future and look forward to working with them to promote the important work they are doing in the Pontypridd constituency.”

Jamie Arthur added:

“I was really pleased to have Owen visit the gym and see the work we are doing with members of the community. We have had two years of success and the gym is going from strength to strength, we have multiple Welsh champions, professional boxers boxing for major titles and some amazing results with people losing huge amounts if weight. 

“Myself and the team couldn’t be happier with the progress we are making and have some great plans for extending our session time tables and look forward to achieving many more success stories in the future” 

For more information on Arthur’s Gym, please visit www.arthursgym.com