Learn to Skate
Learn to Skate

Learn to Skate

Skate UK is open to skaters of all ages and abilities. We have everything from Skate UK Tots for 2 years+ to specially allocated adult courses. The hockey grades are open for Junior skaters under the age of 16.

We run six week Learn to Skate courses, backed by the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) – the UK Governing Body of British Ice Skating.

These courses teach fundamental skills and are the perfect starting point for anyone to begin ice skating; whether you simply want to make it around the rink in one piece or want to take part in a more specific ice discipline such as ice dance, figure skating, speed skating or ice hockey. Whatever your goal, we can help you achieve it.

The Skate UK programme consists of 8 levels. Each level must be completed before moving to the next. After joining Skate UK, the NIC (National Ice Centre) professional coaches will assess your ability and position you in the most suitable level according to age and ability.

Each session lasts for half an hour and is conducted through group tuition (private lessons are available on request).

Interested?! Click here to find prices and the latest course dates and times.


Skate UK Tots

Skate UK Tots is for under 5s who want to take part in a fun and structured six week ice skating course. Our NISA Qualified Coaches will take your little ones from learning to stand on the ice to fully fledged skaters! Find out more here.


What Will I Learn?

Our professional coaches will help you progress at every level. Find out more about what skills you can learn on the ice…

Level 1
-Sit down and Stand up
-March Forwards across the ice
-Forward Two Foot glide
-Skate and Dip (little man)
-Turn around on the spot

Level 2
-Backwards Marching across the ice
-Forwards Swizzles (Lemons)
-Forwars Two Foot Glide on a curve (Left and Right)
-Two Foot turn on the spot (Forwards to backwards, back to forwards)
-Snowplough or T-Stop

Level 3
-Forwards stroking (showing correct use of blade)
-Moving two foot turn (Forwards to backwards, back to forwards)
-Backwards Swizzles (Lemons)
-Back two foot glide
-Forward one foot glide (Left and Right)

Level 4
-Forward outside edges on a circle (Left and Right)
-Forward Inside edges on a circle (Left and Right)
-Basic Forward Slalom (Basic outside/inside edges)
-Backward stroking
-Forward continuous chasses around a circle (Left and Right)

Level 5
-Backward Outside edges on a circle (Left and Right)
-Backward Inside edges on a circle (Left and Right)
-Backward continuous chasses around a circle (Left and Right) (clockwise and anti-clockwise)
-Forward crossovers (clockwise and anti-clockwise)
-Forward outside three turns (Left and Right) form a standstill

Level 6
-Forward inside three turn (Left and Right) from standstill
-Backward Outside edges step to forward outside edge on a circle
-Backward crossovers (clockwise and anti-clockwise)
-Backward two foot slalom
-Two foot spin (Minimum 2 revolutions)

Level 7
-Forward inside open Mowhawk (Left and Right)
-Backward crossovers to landing position glide
-Continuous forward outside edges aong a straight line (As per Level 1 Field Moves)
-Continuous forward inside edges aong a straight line (As per Level 1 Field Moves)
-Basic Forwards Cross rolls

Level 8
-Continuous outside three turns around a circle (3 in a row) Left and Right
-Continuous inside three turns around a circle (3 in a row) Left and Right
-Step Sequence: Three turns, Mowhawk, Cross rolls, Twizzles(Lemons), Toe steps.
-Two-Foot Change on Edge on a large Curve
-Forward inside single Twizzle (Left and Right)
-Hockey Skaters Forward Drag (Left and Right)
-One foot Spin (Minimum 2 revolutions)
-Hockey Skaters Two foot Spin (Minimum 4 revolutions)


The Perfect Gift

Here at the National Ice Centre we’ve put together the ultimate skating package – skates, lessons and one to one coaching! It’s the perfect gift for anyone who wants to learn to dance on ice or even take their first steps onto the rink! Call us for more information!

For details or to book onto the next session contact Ticketing & Customer Services on 0843 373 3000