An outdoor ice skating experience on real ice at The Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill next winter 2016/17.
Ice skating has a long history in Sussex. With a tradition of recreational skating, ice shows, competitive figure skating, ice dance and ice hockey in nearby Brighton, it has produced many famous skaters. Much missed, there hasn't been a permanent ice rink in Sussex for many years and currently several groups are campaining for a new one to be built.
Sussex-based skaters currently have to travel to Streatham or Guildford to find their nearest permanent ice rink, and whilst there are temporary rinks over the Christmas period they do not provide a training facility and are typically expensive so may not be affordable for many young people.
We have secured an agreement to provide a winter outdoor ice rink at the prestigious Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill for at least 3 years. Supported by Mid Sussex District Council, Places for People Leisure and Blue Martini Group, this project is adopting a different approach to most winter rinks. This community ice rink will provide ice time for hockey skaters, figure skaters, ice dancers and disability groups, plus offer sessions for parent & toddlers, 50+ and after school clubs. We will also run a Learn to Skate programme giving local people an opportunity to develop their skating skills once the Christmas ice rinks have closed down.
As well as providing a social hub where local people can enjoy time with family and friends, we believe this ice rink will provide an ideal environment to get active, learn new skills and improve skating abilities. In the long term we are aiming to demonstrate enough demand for a permanent ice rink to be considered in the area.
Open 7 days a week from 8am until 10pm, the project will also include a skate shop, cafe and seating area for spectators. Skate hire and penguin skate aid hire will also be available.
We have secured enough capital to start this project so are now looking for pledges to provide additional funds for running costs and marketing resources. Showing your support now will not only ensure the long-term success of this project but will also go some way to satisfying the huge demand for ice skating in this region. Funders will receive a variety of offers to thank them for their pledge. Please feel free to contact us for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org.