A world-class surfing school is being set up at Seaside
Award-winning Aberavon Beach
Sports Wales and the council's physical activity and sport
service have helped set up Surf School Wales, run by local British
international and world champion surf lifesaver Nik Thomas.
Council sports officer Derek Jones said: "This is an exciting
venture provided by a local club that will benefit local
"The authority is delighted to work in partnership with Surf
School Wales, as this new club will be an asset to the local
community and benefit secondary schools by linking in to the Sport
Wales 5 x 60 initiative.
"It will also compliment the excellent facilities on Aberavon
Beach that include the well-established Surf lifesaving and canoe
The seafront is already on the crest of a wave after being
awarded the coveted Seaside Award from Keep Wales Tidy for the
sixth year running.
Council leader Ali Thomas welcomed the awarding of the Seaside
"This is another tremendous accolade for Aberavon Beach, which
will in turn further boost tourism in our county borough," he
"This award is the result of a lot of hard work and investment
and I am delighted to see the council's plans for the future of the
seafront coming to fruition."
Mr Thomas said the award followed on from the massive attention
the area received from Michael Sheen's Passion weekend.
"It compliments our other world-class tourism attractions such
as Margam Park, Afan Forest Park and the industrial heritage of the
Neath Valley area."
It is estimated that well over £30 million of private sector
investment has taken place on the seafront, with another £4 million
spent by Neath Port Talbot Council over the past decade.
Recent council investments include the sunken gardens, while the
opening of the Cinnamon Kitchen restaurant represents the latest
private sector investment.
The seafront will be further enhanced with the replacement of
the Afan Lido, with the council aiming to start work on the new
leisure complex later this year.