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New Learning Zone

New Learning Zone

Children in Nottinghamshire can still benefit from the fantastic facilities on offer at the National Ice Centre’s Learning Zone thanks to a new partnership with Blue Bell Hill Trust.

The NIC Learning Zone was part of the government’s Playing For Success initiative which was set up to improve youngsters’ attainment in literacy, numeracy and ICT through sport.

This nationwide scheme comes to an end this month and the NIC’s Learning Zone was facing closure until Blue Bell Hill Trust stepped in to help us keep the facility open.

Geoff Huckstep, Chief Executive at the NIC said: “ We’re delighted that this facility will remain open and we can continue offering successful programmes such as the Capital One I.C.E Programme (Inspiring Community Engagement) and the Inspire Marked London 2012 Family Skate Plus (funded by the Nottingham City Council Family Learning Team).

“We have been inspired by seeing so many youngsters and their families giving ice skating a go on one of our schemes and how much this has helped aid their confidence and self-esteem. We look forward to welcoming even more children from across the country into our venue.”

In addition to the schemes already running a whole new range of programmes for family learning and healthy living will be introduced to encourage youngsters across Nottinghamshire to take advantage of the facility.

Nic Williams, Blue Bell Hill Trust Manager said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with the National Ice Centre. The trust has seen so many children and families achieve in the past at the Learning Zone. We are committed to make the Learning Zone an even bigger success in the future.

“We hope it will be well used by all schools in the area and can continue to offer pupils a unique experience – inspiring and aspiring through Ice.”

If you are interested in our Learning Zone Activity Day, please see the Activity Day form below and this can be emailed to