Bridgend is an exciting example of a thriving Welsh town with a lively sporting culture, redevelopment and industry. It is also striving to become a leader in �green' energy and sustainability.
Just 22 miles from Cardiff, Bridgend can still be reached by crossing the River Ogmore over the original 15th century bridge. The town has no less than three castles, dating back to the Norman Invasion. Coity castle was built in the 11th century, Newcastle Castle in 1106 and Ogmore castle in 1116. More recently the town centre benefitted from a £2.5 million walkway alongside the river, housing many cafes and shops. Additionally the main shopping centre at Brackla Street is currently undergoing redevelopment.
Rugby is the main sport in Bridgend, with two semi-professional Rugby Union teams representing the town. The town also has two football teams, Bridgend Town and Bryntirion Athletic, both of which compete in the first division of the Welsh Football League. The exciting sporting future of the town involves a proposal for a new sports village, with a 15,000-seater stadium as well as a sports centre and many specialist sporting facilities including boxing and tennis.
Bridgend has recovered well from the decline in its once booming coal-mining and manufacturing industry. The business parks just outside of town are now home to several national and international companies including a Ford engine plant, specialising in �eco' engines, the Logica, IT consultants, and a Lidl distribution centre. Construction of a 1500 home sustainable village is also underway as a way to boost the town's reputation.