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Ice Skating

Ice skating is for anybody and easy to learn, whether you just want a bit of fun with friends or are serious about joining a team.

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Ice Hockey

An Overview of Ice Skating

There's figure skating and speed skating - sports you may have seen at the Winter Olympics. But skating doesn't have to be competitive. You can put on a pair of skates (which you can hire at rinks) and start gliding across the ice. It's best to make sure you can skate in a straight line before you attempt jumps and turns.

Under the general term of 'figure skating' there are five separate competitions at International Level:

  • Men's singles skating
  • Ladies' singles skating
  • Ice dancing
  • Pairs skating
  • Synchronized skating


  • Improved mental health.
  • Improved strength in both the leg muscles and core
  • Aerobic workout of dancing while on the ice


Attending public skating sessions at Ice Arena's around the country can cost as little as £6 with a small additional cost if you need to hire skates.


The only thing you need to go ice skating is skates and many ice arena's will allow you to hire skates for a small charge.


  • Of the three main forms of skating, speed skating was the first to be considered a sport.
  • Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean were figure skating Olympic champions in 1984.

Find Ice Skating Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

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National Ice Skating Association

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01159 888 060

National Ice Centre

"Children under 5 skate for free"

Fun sessions throughout week including family skate, club sessions and foam parties. A lively and fun activity to enjoy with family or friends, ice skating “guaranteed to get your body moving”.


  • Active Rutland
    Active Leicester
    O&W LSA
    Charnwood LSA
    H&B LSA
  • Blaby LSA
    Harborough LSA
    Active Partnerships
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Sport England
    Equality Standard
    Melton LSA


  • Active Partnerships
  • Harborough LSA
    Charnwood LSA
  • O&W LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Equality Standard
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Active Leicester
  • Active Rutland
    Melton LSA
  • Sport England
    H&B LSA