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NEW: Ice Hockey Learn to Skate Course

As of next month we are trialling a whole new Learn to Skate Course. This course will be specifically orientated around the skills and techniques you need to play ice hockey. There will be no sticks or pucks, just skates.

Some of our brilliant coaching staff who teach our Learn to Skate Courses have a whole bank of Ice Hockey experience and we want to unleash that upon you!

The courses is due to pilot on Thursday 18th February from 19:00 until 20:00, then run evey other week. There will be three 1hr sessions per course.

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What’s Going On? – Know all here!

We have so much going on this December, just so you do not miss out we have put all our events here in on place!

There is our annual Pantomime on Ice, our enhanced Santa’s Grotto that now includes Sno-Tubing, our Christmas Party with an innovative twist, plus our NEW Family Christmas Skate Session – Winter Wonderland!

Don’t forget we also have an epic Ski, Snowboard and Winter Clothing Sale at the Coppid Beech Hotel, Bracknell. The sale will be held on Friday 27th November 12:00 – 18:00, Saturday 28th November 10:00 – 17:00 and Sunday 13th November 10:00 – 16:00.

Click on the Events below for more information.

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A Thank You from Us to You!

Thank you to all our loyal customers who have supported us this week as we finally hit triumph with our ice plant. All your kind comments will be passed onto the members of staff who have gone that extra mile this week. The team has put in a significant amount of effort to fixing and maintaining the ice this,  everyones positive feedback and acknowledgement has been very appreciated – Once again Thank You!

We are ecstatic to announce how much our ice has transformed in just a few days. We couldn’t believe our eyes when our compressors were running lower than minus 9 degrees celsius!

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Great news, before we had our ice issues we had planned to spice up our goal nets, they were completed today. Check out the transformation below:

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Good news for all of you planning on coming down to this year’s Mojam – Revenge of the Tash, we should have our chairlift up and running by the 22nd! Some of our sponsors were revealed this week and there is still more to come. We will keep everyone posted!

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SUCCESS AT LONG LAST!

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WE HAVE FROZEN! The temperature keeps dropping and we could not be happier…

Today has been very successful, we have a wonderful work force behind us who put their upmost effort into their work. Our evening steward spent hours upon hours last night flooding the ice, letting it freeze and flooding again. This has increased our ice levels significantly, we will be continuing this routine ready for the hockey sessions to be resurrected. If you are wondering about whether your training session is going ahead or not you must speak to your coach.

“It’s a pretty amazing feeling, the ice is hard again. Once again, It’s really nice to have somewhere to teach and skate on properly” – Figure Skating Coach.

Today the boys have been hard at work packing the sides of the rink, check out the pictures below:

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Further updates will be available tomorrow.

Temporary plant is Moving in!

For those of you who saw at the weekend we have now had our temporary plant delivered!

Essential works are under go to fit and secure the plant by the end of the week. Our maintenance team has been busy preparing the area ready for final installation over the next few days.

Reminder: We are not closed, business is running as normal. If you have any questions please call us on 01344 789000 or speak to your coach/instructor.
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Will this be the last big bang for John Nike Leisuresport?

Remember, remember the 5th of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot.


FIREWORKS

We are hosting our annual Free Fireworks this Sunday at 19:00, doors will open at 18:00 with a performance from Berkshire Race Squad. Now with that in mind many people have questioned the certainty of the John Nike Leisuresport Centre, in Bracknell, and whether or not if we are plotting to close our doors one last time.

Some of you may of heard about the complications of our ice, leading to last weekends Bracknell Bee’s Match being postponed and cancelled ice hockey training sessions. Along with the essential maintenance that has been carried out on our Chairlift for the last month. No one can blame you for the unsettled feeling there may be a closure to our centre. However, I must make this very clear that it will not be the case, below is a quick summary of the issues and maintenance that we have encountered the last week or so.

Chairlift – As part of our care and protection to our customers we have to service our chairlift, just like you would a M.O.T for a car. Within the time it was being serviced a few maintenance areas were brought to light, nothing too complicated or serious; some might say that it is just a simple, basic task which takes minutes; like filling you screen wash. Unlike most common cars a chairlift requires large and unusual parts, which typically have to be made from scratch or imported from abroad. Whilst we are waiting for the parts to be made it means the chair lift is out of action. We do have two drag lifts on the slopes, so don’t let this put you off visiting us. We are open as usual, if you would like more information please call 01344 789002.

Ice Pad – All Ice Pads are run off compressor plants which act as a huge refrigerator under the ice. Now normally you will have a few compressors that run simultaneous or together depending on the temperature of the current ice, ideally you want to see it at -7.5 to -8.5 Degrees Celsius. With our ice plant we have a fully working compressor which is simply lacking the support from the others. This means we are able to keep and maintain the ice we have as much as we can, in fact the ice is absolutely fine to skate on…if anything a little wet! Due to the wetness and a few thin patches of ice, the ice pad would not be suitable for an ice hockey match – for those who were wondering.

We do have plans to put in a temporary plant which will build the ice to where we can host ice hockey matches and our pantomime – Cinderella on Ice. The aim is to have the temporary plant up and running before the next scheduled Bracknell Bee’s Home Game.

As for the Ice Rink we are holding business as usual, open for all the members of public. Be sure to check our weekly timetable at http://www.jnlbracknell.co.uk, if there are to be any urgent updates, these too, will be post on our website.

Just when you come, try not to do a Harry Styles manoeuvre!

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John Nike Leisuresport – Busy, Busy, Busy!

One week here feels like an eternity and in a good way!

We had an awesome Army hockey tournament from Wednesday right up until today; there was only one down fall…the stench that came with the players. My oh my, for all you hard-core hockey fans and players I’m sure you know what we mean!

Then we had Ice Karting on Thursday, one of the best sessions yet; the guys were insane. Finally we’ve been prepping all day for our first ever UV Foam Party on Ice which is tonight, who’s ready to partaaay. Keep an eye on Facebook next week for all our videos and photo’s.

Outside on the slopes we’ve been busily prepping our chairlift hopefully to be back in action by the end of November. Don’t let this put you off though we have two drag lifts (one for each slope) which work just as well.

Also Pantomime rehearsals and prepping has begun. Check out a sneak peak of our crystal ball chandeliers…FullSizeRender

Last but not least we had a final goodbye to one of our full time members of staff who has been with us for over a decade! Amy Lack who plays and refs hockey is an absolute asset to the our work force. She has worked in every department grinding hard as a steward, ski instructor, snowboard instructor, bar tender, cafeteria assistant, receptionist, duty manager, fitness instructor and gym manager! Yes one lady has accomplished this all under our roof. We bid you farewell and all the best of luck at your new job. Here’s to Amy!IMG_1768[1]