UPDATE: John Nike Leisure Complex closes site permanently

A PETITION to save a 'much loved' leisure complex in Bracknell has gained momentum with almost 12,000 people signing it.

It follows an announcement made from The John Nike Leisure Sport Complex group in May, where they consultations began on potential redundancies.

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Like all leisure centres having to close due to the coronavirus lockdown, the site in Binfield has been closed since March 20 and the company said they cannot continue to finance the losses of the business due to the financial impact.

Following the shock announcement, a petition was launched to keep the leisure site going as it has been a key part of Bracknell for more than 30 years.

To date, 11,726 people across Bracknell and beyond have signed the Change.org petition to save the John Nike Leisure Complex, which is also home to the long-standing Bracknell Bees.

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The petition set up by James Rayburn reads as follows: "As everyone knows John Nike Leisure sport complex are going to be making redundancies and potentially closing the rink permanently due to this!

"Please sign this petition to keep the rink open! This venue is used for a variety of events such as ice hockey, pantomimes, etc!"

One person who has supported the petition, said: "My sister has been skating here since this opened and my niece is a coach...closing this facility will have an impact on my family and for all of those who have been using this over the many years for leisure and sport."

Another signed and said their boyfriend plays ice hockey there: "My boyfriend plays hockey with the invicta mustangs and we have travelled to this rink for games multiple times (which is much better than ours in gillingham may I add!) Couldn't possibly see this one go!"

The John Nike Leisure Sport Complex has been contacted for an update.