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Members Newsletter – September 2017

Highlife Highland Update


With the new plant now installed the board have aspirations to further upgrade the facilities at your Ice Centre, the bar, toilets and changing areas along with modernising our booking systems and payment mechanisms. We also seek to increase interest in Ice Sports overall which in turn allows us to keep the Ice Centre sustainable for the future while allowing us to attract more national interest in using our Ice Centre to host events from outside of the area.

Staffing Structure

The Ice Centre staffing structure that has been in place now since the Ice Centre was purchased by the users back in 2002 and the board are looking to install a robust management structure that will help us through the next steps of the upgrading. At the end of last year the board of directors of Inverness Ice Centre (IIC) approached High Life Highland (HLH) to discuss whether there would be benefit to members by entering into a partnership and help us to manage Inverness Ice Centre and look at the benefits of such a partnership.

IIC Staff were informed that these discussions taking place at the end of December 2016 and HLH managers were invited to speak to staff to understand more about the running of the centre. A proposed staffing structure has now been produced and should we enter an agreement with HLH all staff will be protected under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations (TUPE).


Over the years we have renewed, repaired and upgraded many areas of the building includ-ing the lift, disabled toilets, ice hall lighting as well as the recent plant, floor and barriers in-stallation. Normally this work has been undertaken as and when required or when we have had some spare funds to do the necessary work, however further to the recent building sur-veys taken by HLH estates officers a number of areas of were highlighted and require to be attended to prior to any possible partnership with Highlife Highland. These include the resur-facing of the carpark, legionella works and repairs to roof gutters which will be scheduled in over the coming months.

What would a transfer mean?

Should the transfer occur, the users of IIC would continue to own the building and have their Directors in place to look after things exactly as they have been for since 2002. However In-verness Ice Centre are still responsible for the costs of addressing any significant failures in the structure of the building, such as the replacement of the roof or plant.

The respective roles and responsibilities of IIC and HLH would be set out in a Service Level Agreement and a profit share agreement would be put in place. For the first year there will

be very little change, the ice centre continues to function as is but the day to day manage-ment will come under the control of HLH, the new staffing structure will be implemented and HLH will take over financial control of the core sports at the Ice Centre. The Directors of IIC will remain in place and hold 3 monthly review sessions with Highlife Highland to ensure things continue along the lines it has been but with some added efficiencies.


Some of the key benefits are summarised below

· safeguards Inverness Ice Centre and ensures continued access to ice sports and lei-sure activities for residents of and visitors to the Highlands;

· preserves the only ice rink left in the Highlands;

· presents opportunities for the HLH sports team to work with the governing bodies of curling, skating and ice hockey to identify opportunities to increase participation lev-els in these activities, for example the Active Schools Co-ordinators;

· Increased chance of funding opportunities for modernisation of bar, toilet and chang-ing areas

· modernise the payment mechanism and booking system for ice sports

· potential to develop the programme of events and activities offered within the centre through collaboration with other HLH services;

· opportunity to offer ice sports as part of the High Life membership scheme;

· potential to establish a programme of family activities and events in the Bught area linking all HLH facilities;

· potential to reduce the operating overheads of the centre by being part of the larger HLH portfolio;

· potential to achieve efficiencies of scale and to identify growth opportunities through linking the catering and retailing operations of the HLH facilities in the Bught area;

· potential to increase revenue for IIC through the profit sharing agreement being pro-posed;

Next steps

HLH have now presented a business case to their trading board and have agreed in principle to respond positively, should the IIC board make a formal approach.

We will be producing an FAQ section on the website and in addition we would like to invite you to a meeting prior to the AGM where you can ask Directors and HLH representatives any questions.

Kind Regards

Tom Pendreigh, Chair of the Board of Directors


Maureen Fraser 2

Inverness Ice Centre secured life saving equipment

One of the largest wet weather facilities in the North has secured its own defibrillator, which members say may just save someone’s life.

The Inverness Ice Centre on Bught Drive raised more than £1,600 to ensure the well used sports and events facility has the life saving equipment available to all users of the centre.

The idea to install a defibrillator was initiated by Maureen Fraser, a member of the Inverness Curling Club for more than 40-years.

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