KEEP PLAYING: The Willunga High School Raiders celebrate the government pledged upgrade worth $880,000 to ensure the Ice Factor program can continue at Adelaide’s Ice Arena.A commitment of $880,000 toward an upgrade of the Ice Arena has secured the future of an innovative program for at-risk young people.
The failure of the Ice Arena’s refrigeration plantin March led to the closure of the larger ice rink forcing the cancellation of all ice sports and reducing recreational use.
The funding by the state government will replace, upgrade and install a new refrigeration system at the Ice Arena and this will enable the Ice Factor program to continue.
The closure of the main rink jeopardised the future of Ice Factor, a program which engages with young people at risk of being left behind in their education, teaching them a sport along with values and skills.
The Willunga High Raiders isa team from Willunga High School, which benefits directly from the program and one of its driving forces is teacher John Griffen.
“I am really pleased to see Ice Factor and all the other popular sporting and recreational activities hosted by Ice Arena continue because of this upgrade,” Mr Griffen said.
“The students at Willunga High School value the program and look forward to taking part.
“By challenging young people to learn the skilled and fast paced sport of ice hockey and work together as a team, Ice Factor helps them to build confidence, persistence and discipline, as well as fresh motivation to stick at their schooling.”
The ice rink at Thebarton’s Ice Arena was originallyclosed until further notice earlier this year.
The rink was announced tobe closed for at leasttwo months to replacerefrigeration systems underneath theice.
The surface was closed afterleaks were found in refrigeration pipesthat causedtheice to melt.
According to a statement on theSouth Australian Ice Sports Federation website, it said repairs were done on March 1 but failed tests.
Willunga High School teacher John Griffen