A campaign has been launched to generate support to create a ‘vibrant and dynamic’ new multi-sport ice rink for Glasgow.
New charity ‘Glasgow Ice Centre’ has been set up by ice sports fans in the city with a goal to offer quality conditions for both ice skating and curling within the new rink – as well as host to a world-leading curling museum built from the sport’s rich heritage.
This comes after intu Braehead announced back in November last year they would be closing the doors on their dedicated curling rink – leaving 700 curlers, including the successful Wheelchair Curling Club, homeless.
While some of the curling clubs have been able to temporarily relocate outside the city, a group of experienced curlers have come together to explore options to build something new.
And after months of research and analysis, the Glasgow Ice Centre group are recommending that a brand new multi-purpose ice rink be built in Glasgow.
They have now commissioned a full scale feasibility study to determine site, costs and funding in order to make the goal a reality – one that would see Glasgow have a new venue for curling, ice skating and perhaps also ice hockey and speed skating.
Project Director Alan Hannah said: “We are looking forward to delivering a comprehensive feasibility study by the autumn which will detail options for all the ice sports communities in Glasgow to consider their way forward.
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“We have a shared vision to deliver a high quality sustainable facility to fill this very obvious gap in the sporting venue landscape in the West of Scotland”.
The Glasgow Ice Centre Project team includes key representatives from the Braehead Curling Development Group, Scottish Curling, Scottish Disability Sport, British Curling, and Inclusive Skating.
And they count on the support of ambassadors such as Olympic bronze medal winner Eve Muirhead, European bronze medallist Ross Paterson, and World medallist and Paralympic medallist Aileen Neilson.
About the project, Eve Muirhead said: “I’m excited to be supporting the new Glasgow Ice Centre project. It has been difficult to watch rinks closing over the years, and the prospect of a new purpose-built venue in a central city like Glasgow is exciting for all Curlers! I hope this will attract a lot of new people to the sport in the years to come.”
For more info on the campaign, visit Glasgow Ice Centre’s Facebook page HERE