Bumper cars drive fun at iceSheffield

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Bumper cars designed to help people with disabilities enjoy the ice in Sheffield have been proving a hit.

Four adapted bumper cars, which look like giant rubber rings, were introduced at iceSheffield in January thanks to a £15,000 grant from Sheffield Council’s short breaks service.

During the last 10 months, weekly attendance at the rink’s ice mobility session, a weekly wheelchair session, has increased by 150 per cent – leading to more sessions being put on.

Mandy Parker, general manager at iceSheffield in Attercliffe, said: “We’re one of only two rinks in the country to offer bumper cars and they have been incredibly popular and this has almost certainly had an impact on our ice mobility sessions.

“Inclusivity is a key priority for Sheffield International Venues.

“We wanted to give even more people the opportunity to enjoy our fantastic facilities so are delighted to be launching a second ice mobility session in January.”

The battery-powered cars are controlled by joysticks on either arm rest which move them forwards, backwards or side to side.

Jane Hobson, co-director of It’s My Life, a Sheffield firm which supports people with disabilities and is working alongside SIV to develop inclusive activities, said: “We support a growing number of people on a weekly basis to participate in ice curling, ice skating and ice bumper cars.”