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Wed 08 April 15

We’re thrilled to announce that the National Ice Centre and its many skaters have been selected for a major new TV series for CBBC.

The ten part documentary series named Ice Stars follows the action packed life, on and off the ice, of a group of determined young skaters living in and around Nottingham.

Made by production company Drummer TV (School for Stars and My Life: Born Lucky and Peter’s Circus), Ice Stars will capture the highs and lows for our young skaters as they juggle home, school and friendships with a life on the Ice, striving to be the best in a sport they love. The series will look to explore the world of skating from first timers to future Olympians and discover that whether it’s Ice Hockey or Synchro, Figure or Speed Skating, Dance or Jumps, it is a competitive world that requires dedication and sacrifices not just for the skaters themselves but often for the whole family.

The series has been commissioned by Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC and the Executive Producer is Kez Margrie who says: “The passion and commitment of these young people is remarkable. Going behind the scenes at the ice rink opens up a whole new world of hard training with highs and lows, which pushes their dedication to the limit and forges strong friendships.”

Tamsin Summers from Drummer TV says: “We’ll be up-close, capturing the emotions of the skaters we get to know before, during and after performances. They may leave home at 5am to practice in the rink before school, but outside the rink they are normal young people, dealing with the same day-to-day challenges as their non-skating mates.”

The series is being filmed on location at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham until May. Ice Stars is being made for CBBC by Drummer TV, the Executive Producer for CBBC is Kez Margrie and the Executive Producer for Drummer TV is Tamsin Summers. The series is being directed by Steve Crowhurst and is a 10 × 30mins commission. Ice Stars will be shown on CBBC later in the year.

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Wed 08 April 15

Ice skaters based at the National Ice Centre present Around The World in 80 Skates, a celebration of figure skating, ice dance, synchronized skating and ice hockey that will take place at the National Ice Centre on Sunday 3 May 2015. The Gala is the finale of months of hard work and dedication and will feature as part of a forthcoming CBBC documentary series to be televised later this year.

Gurgen Vardanjan Director of Skating at the National Ice Centre said, “The skaters at the National Ice Centre work and practice very hard, this is an opportunity for them to entertain the public with their skills, artistry and sense of humour.”

The National Ice Centre Ice Stars of all ages will take you on an international journey in a programme that will feature music and dances from around the world and showcase a number of ice sports disciplines.

Mike Urquhart, Head of Hockey at the National Ice Centre said: “It’s great to see the hockey players share the ice with our figure skating friends and take their moment in the spotlight.”

Linda Gawthorp, Head of Ice Sports at the National Ice Centre said, “I’m delighted that, through this gala celebration, our talented and hardworking skaters will have the opportunity to feature in a TV documentary that will be broadcast nationwide. People are in for a great afternoon of entertainment!”

Around the World in 80 Skates will be a matinee performance with doors opening at 3pm on Sunday 3 May 2015.

Tickets are now on sale priced at £6 (includes administration fee) and can be booked online at, via 0843 373 3000 or in person at Ticketing & Customer Services, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.

You can arrange transport to this event direct through Capital FM Arena Nottingham. Book a £2 discounted return travel to any event on NCT buses or NET trams. Click here for more information.

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Mon 16 March 15

With summer on the horizon, many of us are trying to watch what we eat and hit the gym…but did you ever consider burning off the calories through ice skating?

Ice skating is a fantastic way to keep fit and have fun. Hitting the ice for an hour is great exercise, skating just 15 laps around the ice rink equates to a mile in distance…that’s a workout in itself! Plus, if you’re 10 and half stone and skate continuously for an hour, you’ll burn off around 600 calories…that’s a bottle of wine or a very large chocolate bar!

If you’re looking to get fit and healthy, or if you just want to try skating for fun, it’s an enjoyable sport and ice skating offers a number of key health and fitness benefits –

Improving joint flexibility through ice skating – if your leg joints creak when you get out of bed in the morning, ice skating could offer a real solution. With its emphasis on quick foot movements and supple knees, your leg joints will receive a great workout and hopefully feel more flexible in no time.

Building leg muscles through ice skating – your legs may currently resemble knobbly-kneed, trembling twigs but ice skating exercise could really change all that. Focusing on lower-body movement, ice skating offers fine exercise for the leg muscles, building them up over time.

Boosting the cardiovascular system through ice skating – an intensive session could really work out your heart and lungs, feeding muscles with oxygen more efficiently.

Keeping mentally fit through ice skating – as well as the physical benefits, ice skating is equally useful for improving mental fitness. Requiring high concentration, strong memory skills and spatial awareness, your mental attributes should develop the longer your ice skating training goes on.

Better balance through ice skating – if you normally topple over at the drop of a hat, ice skating could really help you improve your balance through fun and positive exercise. Travelling across an incredibly slippery surface should quickly train you to stay on your feet!

For more information on Skate UK lessons or public ice skating sessions call 0843 373 3000 or click here for more information.

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Mon 16 March 15
Elise Christie

Elise Christie on Saturday 14th March took Silver in the 500m at the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Moscow, Russia for the second consecutive year. She came second only to China’s Kexin Fan, who has dominated in the distance this season.

Christie’s Silver came as welcome news following a tough start to the day when she missed out on a place in the 1,500m final after losing an edge with two laps to go in the semi final.

Christie commented: “I had a bit of a bad start to the day today when I fell in the semi finals – I was disappointed but it’s just one of those things unfortunately and there was nothing I could do about it. That, combined with a difficult few weeks in my personal life, meant that my head was all over the place going into the 500m finals.

“I knew that it was a totally different race though and I still had chance to medal so I was ready for it. I finished top in both my quarter and semi finals but found the final a bit more challenging. Under the circumstances, I’m really pleased with Silver, but I believe that I could have got more out of it if my head was in a different place”.

Christie’s team mate, Charlotte Gilmartin, raced alongside her in the 1,500m semi finals, finishing fourth out of seven and qualifying for the B Final where she took 10th place overall.

Elise added: “Charlotte did so well to finish fourth in her semi final and second in her B Final today – she was up against some of the top skaters in the world and she looked good. There have been some really good performances from the rest of the team this weekend too, and they’ve been unlucky in their races.

“I’m really pleased to have won a medal today for the team and everyone else who has supported me, particularly during this difficult time”.

Stuart Horsepool, Performance Director for GB Short Track said: “I’m really proud of Elise. Despite facing a challenging time, she put in a strong performance in the 500m final and walked away with a medal; we couldn’t have asked for more”.

Jack Whelbourne and Jon Eley raced well in their 500m and 1,500m events today. Unfortunately, Whelbourne received a penalty in his 1,500m semi final so he missed out on a place in the final. In 500m, both skaters made it to the quarter finals with Eley finishing 11th overall and Jack taking 16th place overall.

Horsepool said: “Jack and Jon both had bumps on the start and missed out on a place in their finals. They are up against the best skaters in the world in 500m here in Moscow, so two top 16 finishes out of 40 skaters is still a great achievement as the sport is so competitive and unpredictable.

“The same goes for Charlotte – she placed 10th in 1,500m out of the top 42 female speed skaters in the world and that’s no easy feat. It just goes to show much all of the skaters have progressed this year”.

The men also competed in the semi finals of the 5,000m relay today, with Jon Eley, Jack Whelbourne, Richard Shoebridge and Billy Simms making up the team.

Horsepool added: The men’s relay semi final made for an awesome race today. The men were up against Hungary, the Netherlands and Russia, and we led right from the start. It was a really close race which came down to the last two laps; on the last corner, Jack was in second place on the inside when he unfortunately fell over, resulting in third place”.

The men have qualified for the B Final in the relay, which will take place tomorrow (Sunday 15th March) when the 2015 World Championships will draw to a close. Sunday will also see Elise Christie compete in the women’s 1,000m finals, whilst Jack Whelbourne and Jon Eley will also race in the men’s 1,000m finals.

The GB athletes are all part of the National Ice Skating Association’s (NISA) World Class Short Track Programme.

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