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Inverness Ice Centre official grand re-opening after £700,000 upgrade hailed huge success
The Inverness Ice Centre has been officially reopened following an extensive refurbishment which will ensure that the leading North ice sport venue offers the best possible facilities to continue to nurture Olympic, Paralympic, World and European champions of the future.
To mark the £719,982 upgrade a bumper weekend of fun filled ice themed activities took place to allow both ice sport enthusiasts as well as those who may not have tried out ice sport before, the opportunity to come and experience the new look centre.
On Friday October 28, the centre on Bught Drive was officially re-opened in front of an invited audience of guests, including representatives from Highland Council and the World Curling Federation.The chair of Inverness Ice Centre Tom Pendreigh cut the ribbon to mark the major milestone for the centre.
Throughout Saturday and Sunday there was the opportunity to learn how to play one of Scotland’s ancient sports at the Try Curling for free event.
Inverness’ very own triple World Curling Champion, Ewan MacDonald was also on hand throughout the day to offer some winning tips and advice. His impressive medal haul was also on display.
On Sunday ice-skating, ice hockey and even a couple of characters from the Disney hit film Frozen, Princess Elsa and the loveable snowman Olaf, took centre stage followed by a mesmerising ice dance show as well as a public skating session.
The celebrations drew to a close following a memorial hockey match for seniors between the Highland Capitals and the Inverness Hurricanes selected teams, which is played in memory of Jason Craig one of the founders of the Capitals.
The two largest funding packages have come from sportscotland, the national agency for sport, and The Highland Council Capital Grand fund, contributing £345,125 and £171,870 respectively.
The Ice Centre upgrade includes a new bespoke chiller pack, air-cooled condensers and control system from G&O Refrigeration along with a new floor and barriers in the ice hall supplied and installed by IceTechUK.
Chairman of Inverness Ice Centre Tom Pendreigh said: “We are so delighted with how well the weekend has gone.
“It has been a huge milestone for the Inverness Ice Centre and everyone involved has been overwhelmed by the support we have had. We were particularly pleased with the great turnout for the grand reopening and the many ice activities that have taken place.
“The upgrade has meant we have been able to develop the Inverness Ice Centre into one of the largest wet weather facilities in the north and it is central to the Inverness Ice Centre’s longevity.
“We hope to keep welcoming many people through the doors including those who have not previously had experience of any ice sports.
“The facility is for the whole community to use and enjoy.”
Leader of Highland Council Margaret Davidson said: “The Inverness Ice Centre is hugely strategically important for the Highlands and Scotland.
“It’s ours and the nearest similar facility would be three hours travel from here.
“Since the club took over the centre and members run it, it’s just thrived.
“They just get on with it and any problems they sort it out.
“It looks fantastic and everyone should be really proud of it.
“Ice rinks aren’t cheap and I believe the funding which includes a lot of money raised by the centre itself, is money well spent.
“My hope is with the leisure centre just around the corner, the playing fields at Bught Park, the skate board park and the rugby pitches all nearby that we can have a sports hub for the future in this area.”
It’s hoped the upgrades, which will make the centre brighter and more modern, will also encourage more first time ice skaters through the front door of the centre in the future, which in turn will help the social enterprise facility increase its revenue, in order to ensure the sustainability of the centre in future years.
Olympians, World, European and Paralympic medallists, including Olympian and triple world champion Scottish curler Ewan MacDonald use the facility alongside curling teams, figure and dance skating groups as well as public skaters, synchro skaters, ice hockey clubs and the Highland Wheelchair Curling Club on a regular basis.
Inverness Ice Centre also plays host to the annual Strictly Inverness dancing extravaganza, which sees thousands of pounds raised each year for the Highland Hospice and the Ice Centre itself.
The Inverness Ice Centre changed ownership a number of times before its users bought it in 2002, and it became a charitable organisation as part of the process.