Dancing on Ice star to open Sapphire Ice and Leisure

Sapphire Ice and Leisure
Published: Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Havering Council and Everyone Active are excited to announce that Dancing on Ice champion and former Xfactor contestant, Ray Quinn, will be gliding into Romford to open the town’s new leisure facility.

Residents and visitors are invited to the grand opening of Sapphire Ice and Leisure on Saturday 3 February, from 9.30am – 10pm. Ray will be joining the celebrations in the morning and showing off his award-winning skills when he takes to the ice to perform. 

Ray Quinn first found a flair for skating when he won series four of Dancing on Ice. He returned to the hit ITV show five years later to be crowned ‘All-Stars’ champion, and will now be coming to Romford to showcase his talent.

Guests will also get to enjoy a day packed full of free activities, such as ice skating sessions, family fun swims and exercise sessions – including group cycling, boot camps and much more. There will also be a figure skating exhibition as well as face paint and balloon modelling for younger children.

The open day will also see the Raiders return to the town to play their first game there since April 2013.

Councillor Melvin Wallace, Cabinet Member for Culture and Community Engagement, said: “We are extremely excited for the opening of this long-awaited facility. The health and wellbeing of our residents is a priority for the Council and this facility is great for the future of sport and leisure in Havering.

“The day will be filled with activities for all residents who will be welcomed by the Dancing on Ice star – Ray Quinn. I encourage residents to join us and Ray in celebrating the opening which will be a big day for the borough.”

Steve Cox, Everyone Active’s area contract manager, said: “I am delighted that Ray is joining us to open Sapphire Ice and Leisure. It is a fantastic facility that will have a really positive impact on the local community, and I hope that Ray will help to inspire more people to give skating a try.

“It’s an exciting time for sports and leisure in the borough, and we are looking forward to continuing our work with Havering Council to give people even more opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing.”

Sapphire Ice and Leisure, which has been constructed by Willmott Dixon, forms a major part of Havering Council’s multi-million-pound investment to improve sports and fitness facilities in the borough.

In partnership with Everyone Active, the Council is delivering an extensive mix of facilities at the centre, including an eight-lane, 25-metre main pool and learner pool, 100-station fitness suite, group exercise studios and an ice rink with capacity for over a hundred skaters and spectator seating for up to 1,000 people.

More details about the open day will be announced shortly.

Visit the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre page on everyoneactive.com