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Come and try sessions kick off bumper weekend at Inverness Ice Centre
The last year has been a remarkable one for Inverness Ice Centre.
It has undergone a £700,000 refurbishment and is used by Olympic, Paralympic, World and European champions.
The weekend of the 3rd of February is the perfect time for ice sport enthusiasts including those who may not have tried out any ice sport activities before, to take the opportunity to come and experience the new look centre.
Ice skating, hockey and curling will all be on offer at the leading Highland wet weather facility.
Things kick off on Friday the 3rd of February with an opportunity to learn how to play one of Scotland’s ancient sports with a special Try Curling taster session from 5.30pm until 6.45pm.
The class, which is £5 per person, will include an introduction to the basics and how the game is played. Top class tuition will be provided by qualified coaches from the Highland Curling Development Group.
Curling specifically aimed at those who attend Highland schools takes place on Thursday evenings each week.
Equipment will be provided but users should wear warm, loose fitting clothes and clean leisure/training shoes.
For any ice hockey fans there’s the chance to see the North’s top teams in action as the Highlanders welcome the Solway Sharks in a Scottish League match, which begins at 5.30pm on Saturday the 4th of February. This will be followed by The Highland Capitals taking on local rivals the Aberdeen Northstars in a Challenge game, which will face off at 7pm building up to their Scottish cup tilt.
On Sunday the 5th of February a special Try Ice Hockey session for new starts will take place from 4.45pm until 5.45pm.
If you’ve ever been impressed by the skill and mesmerising performances of ice skaters and dancers then why not come along and give it a try for yourself. On Sunday from 2pm until 4.30pm a public skating session will take place. Adults are £5 children £4, and skate hire is £5. Places are available on a first come first served basis.
The lounge bar will be open throughout the weekend and spectators are also welcome.
The £719,982 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.
It’s hoped the upgrades, which help to 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 medalists, 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.
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.
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.
Tom Pendreigh, Chair of Inverness Ice Centre, said: “The Inverness Ice Centre is one of the largest wet weather facilities in the north and we want to ensure that this fantastic facility is enjoyed by the whole community.
“We hope to welcome many people through the doors this weekend including those who have not previously had experience of any ice sports.”
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.
Booking for any of the weekend activities is recommended as uptake is expected to be high. To ensure you don’t miss out call the Inverness Ice Centre on: 01463 235711 or email: email@example.com