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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.

See Also:
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

Benefits

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

Costs

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.

Equipment

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.

Facts

  • 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.

National Governing Bodies

National Ice Skating Association

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Contact Telephone
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”.

Partners

  • Active Partnerships
    Charnwood LSA
    Safeguarding
    Active Leicester
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
  • Blaby LSA
    Equality Standard
    Harborough LSA
    Active Oadby and Wigston
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Active Rutland
    Sport England
    Melton LSA
    NWL LSA

Partners

  • Equality Standard
    Melton LSA
  • Active Leicester
    Blaby LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
  • Active Oadby and Wigston
    Active Rutland
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Safeguarding
  • Active Partnerships
    Sport England
  • Charnwood LSA
    NWL LSA