First year of success makes Sapphire sparkle

Published: Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Havering’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure has celebrated its first birthday.

Leisure centre marks first birthday
Havering Council and Everyone Active mark celebrate the first birthday of Sapphire Ice & Leisure, Romford

The centre in Romford is part of the Council’s multi-million pound investment in sport and leisure facilities.
Since opening in February 2018, over half a million people have come through the doors to enjoy ice skating, swimming and much more.

The centre is part of the Council’s multi-million pound investment in sport and leisure facilities. This has also included the £1.5m refurbishment of the Central Park Leisure centre in Harold Hill and a new leisure centre and swimming pool due to open in Hornchurch in 2020.

Sapphire Ice & Leisure, named in tribute to mark 65 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, has also seen around 3,400 people become fitness members during the first 12 months.

There has been around 76,650 people of all ages enjoying ice skating and 131,800 coming into the centre for a swim, with over 1,000 receiving swimming lessons on a weekly basis and over 400 people learning to skate.

The centre, which is managed by Everyone Active on behalf of the Council, has also seen approximately 41,000 people using the facilities for an exercise class.

The centre is also home to the Raiders Ice Hockey team, who regularly play to packed audiences of around 500 people.

Amongst its many facilities, Sapphire Ice & Leisure, also boasts:

  • a 25-metre-long eight-lane main pool
  • a 15 x 8 metre learner pool
  • a 56m x 26m ice rink
  • fitness suite with 100 stations
  • large dance studio
  • spinning studio
  • sauna and steam
  • café area

Councillor Viddy Persaud, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said:

“It has been a very successful first year for Sapphire Ice & Leisure. Over half a million people have visited, which proves just how popular it is.

“Residents and visitors are able to visit a facility that has something for all ages. It offers you a chance to get fit and active plus enjoy yourself, whether it is swimming, ice skating, the gym or an exercise class.

“Making use of such a centre as this can help boost our general wellbeing and that is a big part of why we are investing in leisure and sport facilities in the borough. We want to provide as many opportunities as possible for all our residents to live healthy and active lives.”

Tom Fletcher, Area Contract Manager, Everyone Active, said: “

“It’s been a great first year for Sapphire Ice and Leisure. We’re proud of our partnership with Havering Council, which has delivered such a fantastic facility.

“The centre provides an excellent resource for elite athletes and the local community.”