Simon Ricketts has taken up the Managing Director hot seat at the new Community Sports Arena at Charter Street, Leicester, which is anticipated to open at the end of January 2016. Ricketts was formerly in charge at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, which staged the canoe slalom events at the London Olympics, working for Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and LOCOG. Prior to this he was General Manager of the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham – Holme Pierrepont.
The Arena is an excellent sports facility for the city of Leicester, and I am really looking forward to making it a focal point for sports participation and sporting events in the city.
It is great to know that, prior to my appointment, the Arena will have as its anchor tenant the Leicester Riders, who are so successful in the top flight of the BBL, which will undoubtedly assist in promoting the venue to the city, county and beyond.
Leicester Arena ramping up
Kevin Routledge, the Project Director of the Leicester Community Centre said
We are absolutely delighted to get Simon on board, to take on this really important role. We are now nearing 80% completion of the new Arena, although we still have plenty of work to do to complete the Arena build and fit-out.
Planning for the operational phase is now ramping up and getting Simon on board in this leadership role is a critical part of the process.
He will bring a wealth of experience in sports facility management, gained from helping to deliver one of the most successful Olympics ever, so we are extremely pleased that he has agreed to join us.