AN ICE hockey team has reassured fans after it was announced earlier that the town's leisure complex is under financial strain due to the impact of Covid-19.

The John Nike Leisure Sport Complex is home to Berkshire’s premier ice hockey team The Bracknell Bees, who nickname the ice rink 'The Hive'.

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Many ice hockey fans in Bracknell have expressed their support for the Bracknell Bees after todays announcement, which you can read in full here.

The Bracknell Bees said they have been given a 30-day consultation period and then will receive further information on their future in the coming week.

For now, anyone who has bought a season ticket for the Bees 2020/21 NIHL National Campaign will get a full refund.

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A spokesman for The Bracknell Bees said: "We aren’t able to make any further comment until the situation has resolved itself further but our thoughts are with the staff at the JNL Complex who are going through his horrible process, some who have been long-standing supporters of the rinks place in the community."

The Bracknell Bees made a statement on their website and Facebook page yesterday evening, which said: "The TSI World Bracknell Bees have been notified this afternoon (Wednesday 27 May 2020) that the JNL Bracknell Complex, operated by John Nike Leisuresport Limited, are unfortunately commencing meaningful statutory consultations on potential staff redundancies.

"The statutory period for consultation is 30-days and the Bees will then receive further information on future plans for the complex.

"Just to reassure those fans who have already purchased season tickets for the Bees 2020/21 NIHL National campaign, that full refunds will be given should the club be unable to participate, in the sad event that the ice rink was unable to reopen.