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Learning Zone

Learning Zone

The National Ice Centre Learning Zone is operated in partnership with Blue Bell Hill Trust. The partnership aims to offer a unique experience for children and their families inspiring and aspiring through ice.

The Learning Zone operates Family Skate, the first of its kind in the country, supported by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council .The programme allows families to spend time with each other doing activities in the learning zone and by taking part in the Skate UK skating course. Since 2010 we have seen hundreds of families take part from schools across locally and further afield.

The scheme received the Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the Olympic Games.

Matt Bradbury, Sports Development Officer at the NIC said: “By learning these new skills the families are moving out of their comfort zones and becoming healthier, improving their fitness levels, developing new social skills and gaining in confidence. These are the qualities which have been recognised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

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, aiding their confidence and self-esteem. We are committed to making the Learning Zone an even bigger success in the future.

The learning Zone is also the home of the GMB Nottingham Panthers Activity Days, where classes and community groups can spend the day taking part in activities about the Panthers, watch training, meet a player and take part in a Skate UK skating lesson.

We are pleased to host the Team GB Short Track speed skaters who use the Learning Zone as their educational base, working in partnership with Loughborough University. It is great for the children and families to know that their learning space is also the learning space for Olympians.

The learning zone also offers:
• The Learning Zone Experience
• Enrichment days
• National Ice Centre Tours
• School holiday activity days
• Transition workshops

If you would like to receive further information about any of the above programmes please email

For more information on Blue Bell Hill Trust go to