Monday 12th July was good weather. Not sunbathing, uncomfortably hot weather but a decent summers day.
As I walked through Coed Gwilym Park, it was obvious that Clydach have nailed it. The village should be really proud of it and how it represents the people who live here. All generations were out and it is so important for a community. It goes a long way to explain why residents believe that Clydach is one of the most improved places around.
Primary aged children playing football, whilst parents relaxed and watched. The older Youth team breaking into two groups to train. An organised exercise class with a dozen or so adults keeping fit in the fresh air. The Bowls court was full with people with the traditional slightly greyer hair. The tennis court was being well used. Dog walkers headed up and down the canal path. And kids played in both parks.
This is something to be cherished and will no doubt be enhanced by the fantastic community council.
Having somewhere with reasonable parking and a host of activities in one place is a real asset. It is something that not many communities have. Pontardawe for example, has the football pitch, the tennis court, the park, the bowls court etc.. but spread over various sites.
Here in action, what we were seeing was families all being active at the same time, in the same place. Kids playing in the park whilst their older brother played youth football. Parents taking the dog for a walk whilst their child played under 9s.
The interaction between generations is something which is really healthy for the community too. Again, this is something which is not so easy in other areas.
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