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09 Feb 2018
Floating ice rink brings Raiders back to Romford at new £28m leisure centre

A ‘floating’ ice rink has opened in Romford as part of a new £28m leisure centre built to improve sports and fitness facilities in the area.

Sapphire Ice & Leisure, operated by Everyone Active, marks Havering Council’s largest single investment in a borough-wide improvement programme and will become the new home of the London Raiders ice hockey team.

The floating rink – meaning one built above the ground floor – can be found on the first floor, above an eight-lane, 25-metre swimming pool. It has the capacity for 1,200 skaters and rink-side seating for up to 1,000 spectators.

The centre, constructed by Willmott Dixon and named after the sapphire reign of Queen Elizabeth II, also features a learner pool with an adjustable floor and a 100-station fitness suite.

“This is a really exciting development for the area of Havering and we're proud to bring such top-class facilities to the community,” said Duncan Jefford, regional director of Everyone Active.

Council leader Roger Ramsey added: “It’s an honour to open this long-awaited facility.

“I hope all residents across the borough make good use of this complex to help maintain and improve the health and wellbeing.”

Other facilities include a sauna and steam room, dedicated group cycling studio, group exercise studio and two cafes.

The centre was opened by Everyone Active Sporting Champions Ambassadors Colin Jackson, five-time British Skating champion Graham Newberry and two-time British junior champion Kristen Spours.

Former X-factor winner and Dancing on Ice Star Ray Quinn also joined the action as part of a day of free activity for the public.

Romford’s last permanent ice rink opened in 1987 but closed in April 2013. The then-named Romford Raiders ice hockey team moved to Lee Valley Ice Centre but returned to the town on Saturday as the London Raiders.

The opening game took the total number of centre visitors to 8,000 on Saturday, with another 2,000 using the new facilities on Sunday.


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16 Jan 2019
Feliciano-Chon, Soma named co-chairs of 2019 GWS
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has named Catherine Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Tokyo-based spa/wellness investor and entrepreneur Yoriko Soma to co-chair the 2019 Summit, which is set to take place 15-17 October a the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
14 Jan 2019
Bids are in for 2026 Winter Olympic Games – Stockholm and Milan to contest two-horse race
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received official submission from two bid teams for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
10 Jan 2019
Former Questex employees launch new hosted buyer event
Monica Helmstetter and Lucy Hugo, formerly of Questex Media, have announced the launch of a new event company this week, We Work Well Inc, which they describe as “the next generation of hosted buyer events”.
20 Dec 2018
ActiveLab attracts record number of international applications
A record number of international startups have entered the ActiveLab accelerator programme – strengthening the UK's reputation as a fitness tech hub.
17 Dec 2018
US to have professional T20 cricket competition 'by 2021'
USA Cricket plans to set up a professional T20 cricket league in the country by 2021.
12 Dec 2018
FIBO and Leisure Media announce collaboration
FIBO Global Fitness, organiser of the FIBO portfolio of fitness shows, has announced a partnership with global publisher, Leisure Media.
11 Dec 2018
Sector leaders call for 'preventative health push' to get people more active
Physical activity sector leaders, parliamentarians and leading figures in health and business have called for the strengthening of preventative health measures in the UK.
05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention
The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.
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