A planning application has been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council to build a state of the art indoor sports and education centre in Ryde offering ice skating, tennis courts, a climbing wall and much more.
The Smallbrook Ice & Leisure Centre will be a major, all year-round attraction that will improve the health and wellbeing facilities available to the local community, whilst bringing back the once hugely popular sport of ice skating and ice hockey to the Island.
The centre will provide a full size ice rink for recreational, figure skating and ice hockey, 2 multi-sports courts for netball, volleyball, basketball, badminton or croquet as well as the 3 dedicated tennis courts. In addition, a large climbing wall will be installed alongside a soft play area – the soft play area for under 12s will comprise of 6 trampolines, a mini climbing wall, a mini football pitch, monkey bars maze and slides and ball area with a themed design of dinosaurs and unicorns.
A café and sports shop will also be built to accompany the facilities available at Smallbrook Ice & Leisure Centre. The funding is dependent on raising funds and applying for various funding grants including from the likes of Sport England.
Local resident Zyrieda, who is spear-heading the venture, has brought together a collaborative group made up of Ryde Arena Community Action Group (RACAG), Ryde School, the Isle of Wight Council and its Regeneration Team, and other sports clubs.
The development is set to be built next to Smallbrook Stadium on the outskirts of Ryde and, if planning is successful, it could be open within the next 12 months.
Malcom Marshall of Ryde Arena Community Action Group (RACAG) says:
“The plans for the Smallbrook ice and leisure centre were previewed to a packed room of the Ryde Arena Community Action Group. We’re so delighted with the proposal and give full support to the development which will bring back skating and ice-hockey to the Island along with a wide range of other activities for all islanders.
“Many of our young people and their parents and carers are showing great resilience by continuing to skate and play ice hockey on the mainland, but many others, unfortunately, have had to suspend their dreams.
“We warmly welcome the rapid development of an improved facility and will campaign to ensure that the Council and national funding bodies give their full support to have the centre open within 12 months.
“There has already been rapid progress and we hope that we will see our Island skating and hockey community back on ice soon”.
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Richard Hutchins, Chairman of Ryde Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, says:
“What a fantastic project that will benefit the Island and all sports clubs. We have been waiting a long time for indoor tennis courts. This scheme will compliment the excellent work already undertaken by the clubs and will have a significant impact on promoting junior tennis on the Island. Good luck!”.
More information will be posted on the official website, https://silc-iow.org.