Parent of ice skater hopes Gosport rink can survive

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THE parent of an ice skater says she hopes history will not repeat itself as a row over coaching contracts at a rink continues.

Nici Delap used to go to Planet Ice, in Gosport, before moving to the Isle of Wight.

I just hope my friends in Gosport don’t have to go through what we did.

Nici Delap

Her 12-year-old daughter Toni started skating at the rink in 2008 and then continued learning at Planet Ice on the Isle of Wight. But this year, the firm announced it was to close the Isle of Wight rink as it was trading at a loss.

Nici said: ‘On the Isle of Wight, we had to come together and save the rink by setting up a trust.

‘Planet Ice was going to close it and we would have been left with nothing.

‘But thanks to the people in the community, the Ryde Arena Trust was started and we managed to save it.

‘I just hope my friends in Gosport don’t have to go through what we did.

‘It is tough and stressful and upsetting for the children who thought they were losing their rink.’

Coaches at the Gosport rink are unhappy with new contracts which has charged them more than double to rent the ice for private lessons. It went from £122 a week to £250.

But Planet Ice say the old price was a subsidy on the basis the coaches taught the firm’s schemes for free.