Keep Skating Alive in Slough!
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Build a temporary rink for our special needs skaters.
Special People on Ice or SPICE as we are known has been providing ice skating activities for children and young adults since 2000. In that time, we have grown from just a handful of skaters and helpers to 120 special needs skaters and volunteers.
Now Slough Borough Council's decision to close the ice rink for nine months and not provide temporary facilities puts the club's future in jeopardy.
We are one of only two GB teams to compete in the international special ice hockey tournament held in Canada and our synchro team was awarded the best exhibition trophy after their guest appearance at the British Synchronised Ice Skating Championships in Nottingham, which saw a standing ovation from regular synchro teams, spectators and judges.
In 2015 SPICE was awarded Club of Year by the Sports and Recreational Alliance from over 200 entries and SPICE was recently runner up in the Daily Mirror Pride of Sport awards.
As well as SPICE, Slough's four synchro teams; the Slough Jets hockey team; numerous junior hockey teams; and five adult hockey teams made up of more than 100 players all face an uncertain future. Staff will lose their jobs and coaches, many of whom have worked at the rink for several years, will simply disperse to other rinks. This will leave a large gap when the new rink eventually opens making it difficult, if not impossible, for specialist clubs to simply pick up where they left off.
Meanwhile, local teenagers who utilise the Friday 'club night' skate, which provides a safe and secure environment for youngsters to socialise whilst being active, will have nowhere to 'hang out'.
We are asking Slough Borough Council to work with us end users and its service providers Absolutely Leisure to find a workable and cost effective solution for the nine months whilst the ice arena is refurbished.
Yes, we know budgets are tight. But there is so much at stake here that we think Slough Council should at least work with us to identify a solution.
Please sign our petition to urge Slough Borough Council to do more to help us create and operate a temporary rink.
One final thought, did you know, on average young people with special needs spend less than an hour outside their homes during the weekend? Our special needs skaters live for their ice skating, please help us to stop it being taken away from them for nine months.
Your support is very much appreciated.
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