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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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19 Apr 2018
Black Diamond Award finalists hail from five countries
The finalists for this year’s Black Diamond Award, which honours the best spa manager of the year in Europe, have been announced.
19 Apr 2018
ISPA to Present Visionary Award in memory of Lori Hutchinson
The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present the 2018 ISPA Visionary Award in memory of Lori Hutchinson at the 28th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, US., from 24-26 September.
19 Apr 2018
Carlo Ratti explores the effects of climate change at Milan Pavilion
Carlo Ratti has created a climate-controlled garden pavilion with green spaces curated by Patrick Blanc and Flavio Pollano for the 57th annual Salone de l Mobile in Milan.
18 Apr 2018
Agenda for ATM wellness symposium to focus on transformative wellness travel
The agenda for the 2018 Arabian Travel Market’s Spa and Wellness Symposium is set, and the Global Wellness Institute-organised event will feature 16 tourism and hospitality experts presenting new wellness tourism trends globally and across the Middle East and North Africa.
13 Apr 2018
W Hotels launches wellness weekends
W Hotels has announced the next iteration of the brand’s take on fitness and wellness with a new programme, Fuel weekends by W Hotels.
13 Apr 2018
Olympic cycling champion Laura Kenny named as keynote speaker for Active Uprising
Britain’s most successful female Olympian, Laura Kenny, has been announced as one of the keynote speakers for ukactive’s Active Uprising in Manchester this summer.
12 Apr 2018
Personalised nutrition pioneer Neil Grimmer to keynote GWS
Neil Grimmer, founder and CEO of personalised nutrition company Habit, will keynote at this year’s Global Wellness Summit, set to take place 6-8 October in Italy.
11 Apr 2018
Gainsborough Bath Spa expands wellness offering with new wellbeing education sessions
The Gainsborough Bath Spa in Bath, UK, has launched a trio of wellness events, taking place between April and June, that are designed to provide guests with a more rounded wellness offering.
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