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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

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National Governing Bodies

National Ice Skating Association

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Contact Telephone
01159 888 060

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    CPSU
    Disability Confident
    Somerset Skills & Learning
  • Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    pluss
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
    South Somerset District Council
  • Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
    Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    EDF
    Somerset CCG
    SAPHTO
  • together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
    British Cycling
  • Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK