Tel: 0843 343 3000
Wed 18 February 15
NIC Membership Card

We have a new membership card scheme!
The card is free of charge and once you sign up, you’ll have access to a number of benefits, including offers and rewards and speedier entry into the venue, so you can get onto the ice and get skating!

Card registration is available in person at the venue.
Next time you’re here, just fill in a membership card leaflet at Ticketing and Customer Services in return for your membership card…easy!

Once you have your membership card you’ll be kept up-to-date with the latest National Ice Centre news and you’ll have the chance to win skating passes and tickets to events at the Capital FM Arena Nottingham.

The membership card is available to anyone aged 14 years or over. You must bring your membership card with you each time you skate. More information can be found here

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Tue 17 February 15
GB Speed Skating Team in Pancake Race!

We love to have a bit of fun…and there’s no better way to have fun celebrating Pancake Day than by doing it the only way we know how…on the ice!

NIC staff took to the ice with their frying pans to compete in a very serious (ahem) pancake on ice race against some of the fastest skaters in the UK…the GB Short Track team!

Of course, our staff (consisting of Lions Coach & Sports Development Officer, Matt Bradbury and members of the sales & marketing team, Russ, Kofi and Hannah) didn’t stand a chance against professional speed skaters but it was great to watch!

Big thanks to Murray Cochrane, Jack Burrows, Anthony Cast, Aydin Djemal and Paul Worth from GB Short Track for taking part and congratulations to Murray who won the overall race!

Check out the pictures and the videos from our Pancake race on ice on our Facebook page here

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Mon 16 February 15
Elise at ISU Speed Skating World Cup

Great Britain’s Elise Christie stormed to victory at the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup this weekend, taking Gold in 1000m and Bronze in 500m. The event took place in Erzurum, Turkey between Friday 13th and Sunday 15th February.

Christie crossed the finish line nearly a second ahead of Canada’s Kasandra Bradette in 1000m, to claim a clear victory.

GB Short Track National Coach, Nicky Gooch commented: “Elise skated fantastically well in Turkey. Her results across the World Cup Series have improved consistently and she can now head into the World Championships encouraged by the fact that she is very capable of winning medals on the world stage.

“Elise raced and won against some of her toughest competition at the weekend, but we won’t allow the victory to let us become complacent. Elise is back in training this week and we will be putting in a lot of hours in the lead up to the World Championships to make sure she is prepared”.

In addition to Christie’s podium performances, there were another four top ten individual finishes from Team GB at the weekend.

Christie’s team mate, Charlotte Gilmartin also had a good weekend, reaching the semi finals in 1,500m and coming third in her heat, only to Canada’s Kim Boutin and overall winner, Arianna Fontana of Italy. Gilmartin went on to win the B final, putting her in ninth place overall across the distance.

In the men’s competition, Jack Whelbourne raced well to a fourth place finish in 1,000m, narrowly missing out on a podium place. Richard Shoebridge finished seventh in 500m, with team mate Jon Eley following closely behind in ninth place.

Gooch said: “Charlotte raced really well in the B Final this weekend. Jack skated exceptionally well to make the 1,000m and was very unfortunate to not win a medal. He had a bit of a bump from one of the other competitors, and it should have gone his way if the referee had acted on it”.

The men finished in 8th place overall in the 5,000m relay which qualifies them for a place in the World Championships.

Gooch added: “The men have only raced in four out of six World Cup events this season, so they have done extremely well to climb the results table and secure a place in the World Championships as qualification is based purely on points.

The squad are feeling good as we focus our attention on the upcoming ISU World Championships. The ISU World Cup Series is ideal for the skaters to get used to racing against their competitors at world level and they will be taking what they have learnt during the series and working hard to make further improvements over the next four weeks.

The squad will be heading out to the ISU World Championships next, which takes place in Moscow, Russia from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March.

For a full list of results from the weekend, go to

The GB Short Track Speed Skaters are all part are all part of the National Ice Skating Association’s (NISA) World Class Short Track Programme. For more information on the sport, go to or

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Thu 12 February 15
Skate UK Child's Lesson

January may have been and gone but don’t let that stop you starting something new or carrying on a new hobby.

Skating is a great way to keep fit and active…plus, you have fun doing it!

Skate UK
Whether you are a complete beginner starting at level one or you want to get back into skating again, our skate UK courses are a perfect way to get into the swing of things.

Skate UK is made up of a total of eight levels, each level must be completed before moving to the next. Our experienced coaches will assess your ability and position you in the most suitable level according to age and ability.

The dates to join our next six week courses are below, each lesson consists of 30 minutes group tuition:
Mon 16 Feb, Wed 18 Feb, Thu 19 Feb, Sat 20 Feb, Sun 21 Feb

Check here for full details including times and grades.

Skate UK Intensive
Fit six weeks of Skate UK training into just three days with our February Intensive Course. Lessons last one hour each day from 12-1pm and run on the following dates:

Mon 16, Tues 17 & Wed 18 February 2015

Both Skate UK and Skate UK Intensive session cost £49.50 for children (aged 5 – 15) & £55 for adults (aged 16+) and include skate hire as well as public session skating (before or after your lesson).

Courses can be booked by calling 0843 373 3000 or at Ticketing and Customer Services, National Ice Centre, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA

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