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Raiders play their home games at the new Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in the heart of Romford opened in February 2018. The ice pad is a full international size of 56 metres x 26 metres. For those that dont do metres……you need to learn. It’s 2019 for goodness sake and we went metric over 40 years ago.

The ice surface is surrounded by crystal clear safety glass for your protection and the area above the glass is also protected with a microfilament nylon net that protects against flying pucks but barely affects your view of the ice. Raiders believe that theirs is the only rink in the country that has portholes for enthusiastic photographers. If you want to use them just ask and we will probably allow you to for a cup of coffee. 🙂

Raiders National Team home games will usually be played on a Sunday evening, with the occasional Saturday thrown in. Games start at 5:15 pm on Saturdays and 5:15 pm on Sundays too. Doors open at 4:30 pm on all game days. Our games are also served with full refreshments so your enjoyment can be enhanced by a little of your favourite tipple. Dont over do it though, you wouldnt want to miss any of the action!

The Raiders organisation also includes a full junior development system where our coaching teams work from “learn to skate” up to the under 18’s squad. The pinnacle of the junior system is the Division 1 Raiders, often abbreviated as “the 1’s”. These are the stepping stone between Junior development and playing for the National League Raiders. Dont be fooled by them being just the “head” of the junior system. These guys can play and several of them have earned their chance to play in the senior team which they do regularly.

Tickets for Raiders 1 games are slightly cheaper than those for the senior team. See below because we are feeling lazy 🙂

The junior teams compete in leagues with other rinks junior systems throughout the south.

Tickets to Raiders division 1 games can be bought via this website, Raiders ticket site or on the door if the game has not sold out.

Ticket prices for the Raiders National team are
£13 Adults (16 to 65)
£9 Concessions (which includes over 65, registered disabled and 1 carer)
£7 Juniors (5 to 15)
£ free!!!!! Under 5’s

The rink is less than 5 minutes walk from Romford train station and on virtually all of the bus routes that serve the local area.

The liberty car park is just 25 metres from the entrance to the Sapphire and is free on Sundays

View on map here Sapphire map location

Commercial matters can be addressed to John Scott john@raidersicehockey.com

 

Sapphire Ice and Leisure

Address: 24 Western Rd, Romford RM1 3JT

Phone: 01708 206892


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