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Recycling and waste company Viridor is teaming up with Cardiff Central Youth Club, one of Wales’ top gymnastics facilities.
The company has today announced the start of a long-term partnership with the club that has been launched with an investment boost to help upgrade the huge range of gymnastics equipment at the centre.
Jason Ali, manager of Cardiff Central Youth Club, described how the new partnership with Viridor has helped safeguard the future of the centre: “The Youth Club is going from strength to strength and being able to work with Viridor on a long term partnership will help us continue our rich history of producing talented Welsh gymnasts.”
Cardiff Central Youth Club has been training children from across the city for decades, and last year re-established itself as a registered charity. As well as gymnastics training, it now offers a whole host of classes including free running, cheerleading and football freestyle, which is taught by one of the UK’s leading football freestylers, Abbas Farid.
Farid, who won the UK title of Freestyle King after seeing off 30,000 competitors, said the partnership will enable him to continue his training: “I’m thrilled that the Youth Club is involved with Viridor. The upgrades will be fantastic. I’ll be able to continue working on my acrobatics, which help me with my freestyling.”
To celebrate the partnership with Viridor, Abbas has choreographed a unique freestyle routine filmed at the company’s Trident Park site, where it is building a state-of-the-art ‘energy from waste’ plant. The video can be found on You Tube by searching ‘Viridor Football Freestyle’.
Tessa Nash, Communications Manager for Viridor in Wales, said of the sponsorship: “We’re making a huge investment of around £200 million at Trident Park, so it has been really important to us from the start of the project to make sure we work with the communities near our development. Cardiff Central Youth Club is an amazing place that is making a positive difference to hundreds of children’s lives, so choosing to work with them was a given.”
“We hope our partnership with the club will help them find future stars like Abbas, and are looking forward to working with them in the long term.”