Frozen Out: Our Stories

October 6, 2017

(Image by Laura Holme of LH4 photography)

For us the trauma began one year ago today, when AEW UK called in the bailiffs, changed the locks and shut our community out of Ryde Arena. In response to this, we formed Ryde Arena Community Action Group. Showing solidarity fro...

June 1, 2017

The closure of Ryde Arena and the ensuing loss of skating and ice hockey was a double blow to my family as it affected both my grandchildren - my grandaughter Toni is a figure skater and my grandson Danny a Jnr. hockey player.

    

Toni started skating in...

May 20, 2017

My skating journey began in London when I was 4 years old, and I was very grateful to be able to continue it when I moved to the Isle of Wight in 1999. Ryde Arena has been somewhere I have cherished and appreciated for the past 18 years, and without it I wouldn't be wh...

April 20, 2017

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government visited members of the community this morning outside Ryde Arena along with Andrew Turner MP for the Isle of Wight, David Stewart the leader of the Isle of Wight Council and Wayne Whittle, the Executi...

Ryde Ice rink was a massive part of my life and the day it closed was one of the saddest days of my life. The rink was a place to escape from everyday life, getting up at 5am everyday before school, training hard, getting changed, driving up to school and coming back d...

Almost 6 months ago I lost a major part of my skating life. I lost a place where I had grown up, learnt some amazing skills and lessons, which I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Ryde Arena was more than a rink to me. It was a place where me and my friends co...

March 13, 2017

It's so sad it has to come to this. Ryde arena was such a good community asset where young teens like myself could get along, mingle and become friends with adults from different decades, a place where we all have the same feelings and dedication for ice hockey. Where...

March 9, 2017

For over 22 years now, Ryde Arena has become like a second home to myself and many others. I learnt to skate from a young age and took part in ice galas. I attended my first ice hockey match age 6, knowing nothing about what an important role it would play in my life 2...

February 27, 2017

On Friday 24th February, a group of passionate and determined skaters representing Ryde Arena, travelled to London to stage a flashmob performance/protest against the closure of Ryde Arena outside the offices of AEW UK in London, accompanied by their parents and guardi...

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We would like to thank Wightlink for supporting us through all our ups and downs over the years, but especially for continuing to support us now with free or discounted ferry travel for our teams. This support means everything to us as without it we would not be able to continue to pursue our dreams.

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We would like to thank Wightlink for their continued support, Ryde Town Council for their generous grant, Ryde Rotary Club and Ryde Slide for their donations and all those helping us to try to save Ryde Arena for our community.