On behalf of the NottinghamSkaters and myself, I am delighted to announce that BattleUK will return again, this Autumn!
BattleUK III will take place nine months today, on Saturday 11th October 2008. The venue for the event will, once again, be the Victoria Leisure Centre in Nottingham.
Now that BattleUK had been upgraded from a „one cone“ to a „two cone“ event in the World Slalom Series rankings, it is now one of the top five WSS events in the western hemisphere, so we hope to see even more skaters compete at BattleUK III this year!
I am afraid I have bad news! It is looking very likely that the Victoria Leisure Centre, the venue for the last two BattleUK events, is to be shut down. High repair costs and lack of use of the centre are to blame. There is a news article here.
This obviously puts BattleUK III in jeopardy. An alternative venue must be found.
BattleUK III is NOT cancelled as of yet, but be aware that the venue, and possibly the date, are subject to change. I will keep you up to date with any developments.
The event would still take place in Nottingham. There are many other leisure centres, but I need to investigate them to see if they have a large enough space, suitable surface, the equipment we need and at a reasonable price.
Following extensive campaigning from local residents, Nottingham City Council has today decided to keep the Victoria Leisure Centre open until Christmas, when the future of the centre will be re-examined. Despite having found an alternative venue, I have chosen to stick with the Victoria Leisure Centre for this year's event.
In short, BattleUK III will take place on 11th October 2008 and will be held at the Victoria Leisure Centre.