Glasgow Ice Centre - update

We would like to thank everyone who joined us for our Q & A Sessions this week to hear about our progress and ask questions about our ambition to deliver a multi-use ice sports facility in Glasgow.  A special thank you to our guest curling ambassadors, Eve Muirhead and Ross Paterson, for joining us. Thanks also to all the skating community representatives who were able to participate at short notice.

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. 

Our team is fully accountable to the charitable purposes of Glasgow Ice Centre and will be regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).  Our diverse team, which we are currently in the process of potentially extending to Ice Hockey and speed skating, is committed to sportscotland’s vision of Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity and their Clubs and Communities Framework

The Project Team has a clear vision and objectives for the way forward to deliver a financially viable, dynamic and exciting multi-use ice centre in Glasgow.  We hope to be able to deliver in September/October 2022 but this is dependent on the availability of suitable premises to convert / land to build on and gaining planning permissions.

Original objectives

  • Identify options for establishing financially viable curling ice in Glasgow asapo    Steering Group advised that a curling only facility was not viable

Current Objectives

  • Commission a Feasibility Study for a multi-sport facility (IPW ltd - 19th June 2020)
  • Raise a Fighting Fund to cover initial costs 
  • Establish a basic SCIO (charity) to facilitate fund-raising & grant applications 
  • Establish a social media presence to raise awareness (see GIC on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn)
  • Identify individuals with specialist skills e.g. Grant Applications, Fund Raising, Financial Control 
  • Identify potential Stakeholder/Representatives from other ice sports  

Going forward we will:

  • Share the IPW report, options and recommendations with all ice sport communities and partners.
  • Gauge the appetite to continue and agree financial involvement.
  • Seek major financial sponsors; 
  • Apply for sports, health and well-being and lottery funding grants.
  • Establish an experienced Project Board to drive the project forward.
  • Establish a robust governance and reporting structure.
  • When appropriate, consider converting the Tier 1 SCIO to Tier 2 (allows members to vote at AGM and elect office bearers)

Timescales

  • IPW anticipate that their study will take 12 weeks 
  • We aim to present recommendations to all stakeholders in the autumn 

We are working hard to collaborate with as many people as possible to build on our joint passions for ice sports so that we enable them all to flourish in Glasgow. 

We look forward to your continued support,

Alan Hannah, Liz Burton-King, Lauren Gray, 

Margarita Sweeney-Baird BEM, Aileen Neilson

 

Alan Hannah