Member of the Week - Inverness Ice Centre
Inverness Ice Centre, based just minutes from the River Ness, opened its door way back in 1967. Over the years, the rink has seen many changes. In 2004, the facility secured charity status due to funding due to assistance from Sport Scotland together with lottery funding which means the centre is now owned by its members.
Last year, the centre underwent a £700,000 complete ice plant replacement, new ice pads complete with barrier system bringing this ice facility firmly into the 21st century.
We spoke to Jane Fraser, Commercial Manager at the Inverness Ice Centre for almost 10 years. In Jane’s role, she supports the various clubs and businesses that operate from the rink’s business hub. Jane said: “As we are a small team here at the centre, my role within the business is varied and can change from minute to minute – no two days are the same and that’s what I love about it most.” Jane is one of the team who organises the ever popular, Strictly Inverness, a dance competition for which funds are raised for fellow chamber member – Highland Hospice. Now in its 8th year, its an annual event held at the rink which this year saw both charities raise a massive £170,000!
Jane took advantage of the opportunity to feature as member week because: “As a small business it’s a great chance for us to let members know just how much does go on at the Ice Centre, I think they may be surprised!...Not only Ice Skating, Ice Hockey and curling is available, there is also a lounge bar on the first floor which makes spectating not just warm but social, too! There are slimming classes, target shooting, Pilates, Yoga, Dance Classes, and Martial Arts Classes.., you can even learn to motorbike!”
There are lots of exciting events coming up over the diary 2017 – 2018 from the Loch Ness Knit Fest – a 3 day event with crafting village and market place from 13th – 15th October, and shortly later on 16th December Inverness Ice Centre will host Ultra White Collar Boxing before they welcome back their flagship event Strictly Inverness from 16th – 19th May. Jane also reveals that they are delighted to announce they will host ‘Cosmic Con’ for the first time next August. Inverness Ice Centre hopes this will be a huge success and look forward to welcoming lots of sci-fi fans, gamers, cosmic collectors and movie buffs.
We asked Jane what Inverness Ice Centre’s plans are over the coming year. Jane said: “The calendar is already full for the forthcoming year. The new curling season has just got underway at the beginning of September while the junior ice hockey players have just returned from trials in the central belt. The 6th Wheelchair Triples Competition will take place at the end of the October. The Junior International at the beginning of November will feature the top junior curling rinks in Scotland!”
We asked Jane what she appreciates most about Chamber membership: “I love the networking aspect of the Chamber. It offers a fantastic opportunity to meet communicate with other members and businesses. There is also a huge variety of events available to attend – there really is something for everyone.”
Jane added her ‘top-tip’ for other Chamber members to maximise their membership: “Take the time to read about all the benefits in the induction pack- it offers unbelievable value for money and make sure you get along to the many networking events available.”
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