A TV series starring the National Ice Centre and the life of its many skaters will air on CBBC next month. The first episode of Ice Stars will be broadcast on Tuesday 11 August 2015 at 5pm with nine further episodes due to air every Tuesday afternoon until October 2015.
Ice Stars is a ten part documentary series following the ups and downs, both on and off the ice, of a dedicated group of young people with exceptional skating skills living in and around Nottingham. From high octane ice hockey players to synchronized dancers and individual performers, these youngsters aim to be the best. Future Olympians balance school and friendships with international competitions, whilst beginners learn to shine.
The series was filmed at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham between January 2015 and May 2015.
Geoff Huckstep, Chief Executive at the National Ice Centre said: “It’s been a great experience for our talented skaters to be showcased in this exciting series. We think the viewers will be amazed at the dedication and hard work and what it takes to become an elite performer in their chosen ice sports disciplines. I believe the skaters are fantastic role models for other young people and the series captures this perfectly.”
The series has been commissioned by Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC. Kez Margrie, BBC Executive Producer 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.”
Ice Stars has been made by production company Drummer TV (School for Stars and My Life: Born Lucky and Peter’s Circus). Tamsin Summers from Drummer TV says: “The skaters 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.”
Please use the show hashtag #IceStars when tweeting about the show and tag @nat_ice_centre on Twitter when tweeting about the show!
Ever wanted to join a six week Learn to Skate course but couldn’t fit it around your schedule or holiday?
This August we have two three week Learn to Skate courses, week commencing;
• *Monday 3 August
• Monday 24 August*
As the courses are halved, so are our prices, with adults courses at £27.50 and child courses at £24.75 for each three week course.
Our other Learn to Skate, Skate UK courses will also be three weeks in length, including;
*• Learn to Play Ice Hockey – Monday 3 August
• Learn to Speed Skate – Wednesday 5 August
• Skate UK Tots (for under 5’s) – Sunday 9 August*. (£17.50 for a three week course)
Click here for more information on any of the above courses
All Skate UK courses and sessions can be booked by calling 0843 373 3000 or pop in and book in person at Ticketing and Customer Services, National Ice Centre, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.
Tom Paulson, a skater who used to train and coach at the National Ice Centre (NIC) will star in a debut film about ice skating. The film named Promise Dad is released in cinemas on Friday 24 July!
Tom started skating at the NIC when he was 11. He joined in the Ice Cubs programme which is now known as Skate UK (graded skating lessons). Here he progressed through the grades and went on to represent Great Britain at International Figure Skating Championships. He also coached NIC skaters of all ages up until the age of 24. He’s even hoping to return and continue coaching here in a few years.
Tom got into acting after spotting an advert for skaters to audition for the film, it was up on the NIC’s news and announcements board. Two weeks after applying and auditioning, Tom was offered the lead role! Three years later and the film is finally ready to be released across UK cinemas….we can’t wait to catch it!
Tom popped in for a skate earlier this week when we caught up with him for a chat about the film he said: “It’s very exciting…I can’t wait to see the finished product.”
Read the full story on the Nottingham Post’s website!
Our ice maintenance team have just finished painting and layering the ice ready for the next hockey season and the process is pretty cool… did you know it takes approximately 40,000 litres of water to form an ice rink?! That’s equivalent to 500 bath tubs filled with water!
A full crew of five ice technicians worked around the clock for nine days with assistance from housekeeping, events and ice rink assistants for the painting of the lines and logos!
It takes two days to remove the ice and clean the concrete pad and two more days for routine maintenance on and around the pad. The team then spent a day painting the ice white (yes, this does happen!) and layering it. A further day is needed for painting lines and logos. The final step is three days of building and layering the ice back to the desired depth…phew!
You can check out the ice and brand new logos from Mancave, Motorpoint, Panthers sponsors AJKM and Earthing Services when the hockey season starts again!