Frozen Out: Our Stories

February 25, 2017

Ryde Arena has been a big part of my life, and has a big piece of my heart. It started as a child with the Friday night discos, the school ice skating lessons and the big concerts that my parents took me to— not to mention going to see The Raiders play hockey. When I w...

February 19, 2017

(Photo Courtesy of the Isle of Wight County Press)

Ryde Arena is an important asset to the community on the Isle of Wight. It gives kids a chance to learn a skill that can take them on an amazing journey. I consider myself an example of this. 

I started to learn to skate...

February 18, 2017

Caroline Lucas MP, co-leader of the Green party met with young skaters and hockey players outside the closed Ryde Arena. When she realised that some of the skaters she was speaking to this morning had already been and returned from practice at Gosport, having to wake u...

February 17, 2017

My 12 year old son Oakley broke down sobbing Wednesday evening because he is missing ice hockey and training so much. He misses his friends, he misses the drills, he misses coming off the ice after a heavy session sweating and steaming and feeling exhausted. He misses...

February 14, 2017

Last weekend the 4 Isle of Wight Synchronized Skating teams competed against teams from around the world in the Trophy d'Ecosse despite the closure of Ryde Arena. With much less on-ice practice than usual, and what they had at very late or very early hours on the mainl...

February 13, 2017

We are the grandparents of a devastated skater. Firstly for losing the rink but secondly for the loss of her beloved coach Georgia Webb. Both as a direct result of AEW UK shutting our rink here on the Isle of Wight.

We approached Georgia just over 2 years ago when...

February 12, 2017

Oli first became interested in ice hockey in 2013 aged 9, after watching it on the Winter Olympics. He hadn't skated before so I booked him onto a learn to skate course at Ryde Arena. After 2 six  week courses he had reached level 6 and was keen to try the Power Hour i...

February 8, 2017

Sophia featured in an earlier post when she passed her level 3 Field Moves Skating test. She wanted to tell us a bit more about what skating means to her. Here is Sophia's story of her life as a skater as well as her appeal for Ryde Arena to be returned to our communit...

February 7, 2017

This past weekend Abbey woke up at 4am to go play with the under 9s team in Guildford. She was thrilled to win the match award for her team. Still, she can't stop thinking about the rink she loved and missing being able to play and practice there. When she went home, s...

February 6, 2017

Since AEW closed Ryde Arena in October the rink sits empty. Our teams, our coaches and our children travel at crazy hours just to keep their dreams alive.  Our Island is tantalisingly close to the mainland, but unless you happen to own your own 'plane or helicopter, th...

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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.