Fife Ice Arena secures emergency funding from Scottish Government

One of Fife’s major sports venues has been given £214,000 in emergency funding to help it cope with the impact of the pandemic.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 1:39 pm

Fife Ice Arena was one of 12 rinks to share in a £1.75m support package from sportscotland via the Scottish Government.

The rink, which sits at the top of Rosslyn Street in Kirkcaldy, has an 83-year history and supports huge numbers of ice skaters, ice hockey players and curlers - and is also home to Fife Flyers, the UK’s oldest team playing in the top flight.

The funding will help it mitigate the impact of the pandemic, and ensure it is able to reopen safely when the time is right.

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Fife Ice Arena (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

The investment was distributed by the national agency for sport, sportscotland.

Billy Hanafin, rink manager, said: “This award will help provide financial security for our rink.

"It is a much-loved landmark in Kirkcaldy and plays a huge part within its local community.

“We are looking forward to welcoming all our clubs and patrons back to the facility in the not-too-distant future.”

The rink opened for a short spell when restrictions were eased, but it has been closed for the majority of lockdown.

The funding announcement was welcomed by Sport Minister, Mairi Gougeon.

She said: “I recognise the importance of ice sports for Scotland's sporting sector.

“This vital funding will support facilities and clubs to mitigate the impact of pandemic and will hopefully allow them to reopen safely and sustainably when they can, welcoming back ice sports across the country.”

Kinross Curling Trust Ltd also received £132,000.

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