HALTON’S new ice rink already has its own disabled sledge hockey team.

The Widnes Wolverines have received £20,000 funding from a Government fund.

Matt Lloyd, aged 40, from Rainhill, a former Paralympian member of the GB sledge hockey team, now works for Silver Blades.

His job is to ensure skating is accessible for everyone.

He said: “We have been working very closely with Halton Council and are delighted they have secured a grant to buy sledge hockey equipment for a disabled team.

“We want to give everyone the opportunity to skate, the unemployed, people with learning dsabilites, young mums, the elderly, children and teenagers.

“This will be the first ice rink in the UK built to sledge hockey international standards. It’s absolutely fantastic.”

He is working with local health authorities to encourage them to use the ice rink to tackle obesity problems.

He plans to visit local schools and community groups.