Following on from our original post about the International Sledge Hockey School that we posted a couple of weeks ago, Silver Blades Widnes have provided more information about the new community facilities that are being unveiled as part of the event.
Halton Borough Council in partnership with Silver Blades has provided an interactive, sensory ice rink – the only one in the country – and a soft play area which are fully accessible for disabled children and adults.
They will be unveiled on Tuesday evening, September 16, when the Great Britain sledge hockey team take on the Rest of the World at 6pm.
The Council’s Disabled Children’s Service has been working with the team at Silver Blades to develop the fully inclusive facilities and will be setting up opportunities for families and groups of disabled children to go along, have fun and socialise.
The new play areas will available for everyone to use, either as an individual, or part of a family visit, with a group or even for a birthday party.
Matt Lloyd, local Paralympian and Chair of the British Sledge Hockey Association said: “Sledge hockey has always been a key part of the rink in Widnes and it is fantastic that we are able to host an event aimed at developing international relations at Silver Blades Widnes. This has been made possible by Halton Council enabling the rink to be a true community facility and supporting its inclusion and sporting agendas.”
Cllr Rob Polhill, Leader of Halton Council, says: “The Council has always been committed to ensuring the ice rink is fully inclusive for the whole community and have been working closely with Matt to bring out these fantastic new facilities. We’re also pleased to be supporting the development of sledge hockey here, and hope that events like this will attract more and more people to either play or come and watch this great sport.”
Paul Coby, Silver Blades Ice Rink Manager added: “We have world class facilities at Widnes rink and we are delighted to host this International Sledge Hockey event. As a rink we have worked with the Council to provide a truly inclusive facility and we have worked hard to develop and deliver programmes which enable all the local community to participate in healthy recreational activities.”
The event on Tuesday evening starts at 6pm with the game starting at 6:45pm. As always, entry is completely free, so come on down to Silver Blades Widnes and give the GB team your full support!