Risca (Rhisga) is a town of approximately 11,500 people in Gwent, South Wales, within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire. It is today part of the Newport conurbation (which as a whole has a population of 160,000).
The town lies at the south-eastern edge of the South Wales Coalfield, and a coal mine used to operate in the town with terraced housing nearby for workers. It is home to Ty-Sign , which is a large housing estate which has a leisure centre, shops and skate park. It has a rural aspect, and is surrounded to the east and west by several extensively wooded hills including Mynydd Machen (1,188ft/362m) and Twmbarlwm (1,375ft/419m) which attract tourists for the hillwalking and mountain bikers to Cwmcarn Forest Drive.
The Monmouthshire canal passes through the town
The park 'Tredegar Grounds' was donated to the people of Risca in 1897 by Lord Tredegar to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and in return the 'Jubilee' statue was erected by public subscription 'in recognition of Lord Tredegar's generosity to the neighbourhood.'
A small bronze statuette of Samson, a bearded figure dressed in a loincloth, stands on a circular stone plinth on a square stepped base.
Risca United AFC play in the Third Division of the Welsh League. They are managed by ex Cardiff City player Jeff Eckhardt. The club play their home games at Ty-Isaf Park.
Risca RFC (The Cuckoos) play in the Welsh Rugby Union Division 4 East, at Stores Field, Risca. An active mini-rugby & junior section with age groups from 6 to 16, provide a steady stream of players, some of them having progressed to the early stages of professional rugby with the Newport Gwent Dragons.