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Tue 28 April 15

Nottingham-based ice dancers competed in the Bracknell open dance competition last week (24 April 2015). They achieved some great results.


Joshua Tarry and Ellie O’Connell – 1st place in both pattern dances and free dance in the Advanced Novice Couples category

Lauren Bell – 3rd place in short dance – Solo Junior Ladies

Kershia Broughton – 3rd place in free dance – Solo Junior Ladies

Edward Carstairs, coach in attendance said: “Josh and Ellie did well in coping with all the new and difficult lifts on their first run out of their new programme. They are starting to show much more cohesion and generally starting to look stronger as a couple.

“Lauren had a typically solid performance showing off her ability for dancing and performing and winning over the judges.

“Kershia had a lot to get used to in her first dance competition and she dealt with everything very well. She excelled in the free dance – a programme she has been working on much longer – so she could demonstration her flow and her technically strong skating which boosted her into a high position.”

Well done to Joshua, Ellie, Lauren and Kershia!

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Thu 23 April 15

Try something new and get fit in time for summer!

Our learn to skate courses are open to people of all ages and abilities with a minimum enrolment age of five years old. World-class coaches will show you and teach you the basics you need in order to ice skate. Learn this skill in the very same rink where Nottingham legends Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean trained…you might discover a talent you never knew you had!

The next Skate UK course starts W/C 11 May. The six-week course is £49.50 for children (aged 5 – 15) and £55 or adults (aged 16+). Prices include group tuition and skate hire.

To book your place, visit Ticketing & Customer Services, call us on 0843 373 3000 or find out more information here.

As part of the national This Girl Can campaign, we are giving local ladies the opportunity to learn a new skill and have a small number of FREE Skate UK courses for females aged 16+. Sign up now! More information can be found here.

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Thu 23 April 15
Charlotte Gilmartin & Penny Coomes

The National Ice Skating Association (NISA) is proud to support This Girl Can, a national campaign encouraging females in the UK to join skating programmes at their local ice rink.

This Girl Can – of which NISA is a commercial partner – is a national campaign developed by Sport England, a national organisation helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life. It is a celebration of active women up and down the country who are getting involved in sports no matter what their ability.

As part of the campaign, NISA and the National Ice Centre hope to encourage even more females to get involved in ice skating and sign up to Skate UK lessons, available at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.

The Skate UK programme is the only learn to skate course recognised by NISA, the national governing body. The lessons are delivered by NISA accredited coaches and combine fun with learning, enabling skaters to achieve fundamental skills of ice skating in eight stages.

Nick Sellwood, Chief Executive of the National Ice Skating Association (NISA), said: “This Girl Can is a positive campaign which is designed to give more females the confidence and motivation to participate in sport more regularly.

“The National Ice Skating Association is encouraging women of all ages and abilities to get involved in ice skating and the Skate UK programmes are a great way for people to enhance their skating potential”.

Figures released by Sport England have identified that there was a 27% increase in people participating in ice skating across a broad range of ability levels last year. Monthly participation figures show that 46,700 people took part in ice skating every month in 2014, of which, 64% were female.

Nick added: “We are really pleased to learn that more people are showing an interest in ice skating in England. With strong British athletes such as Penny Coomes, Charlotte Gilmartin and Elise Christie (all of whom train at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham) flying the flag at national level, we hope these lessons will inspire a new generation of skaters, whilst also appealing to those women looking for an alternative way to keep fit and have fun.”

Three times British Ice Dance Champion, Penny Coomes, aged 26, who is on NISA’s World Class Figure Skating Programme, competed at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics with her partner Nick Buckland. She commented: “I started skating when I was 8; I was at a skiing birthday party at Bracknell leisure centre and afterwards, I stood and watched the ice skating in complete ore. After it caught my eye that was it, that’s what I wanted to do. I started practicing at that very moment on the floor, I even pretended to ice skate on the slippery floors of supermarkets and pretty much everywhere I went.

“After I started skating, I lived and breathed it. I remember watching the figure skating on the television during the Olympic Games and I was determined to get there one day. I was never the most naturally talented but I worked the hardest and believed in myself. My advice to girls and women who want to get involved in sport would be exactly that; to believe in yourself, to love what you do, and to just keep going, keep pushing and keep striving for more. The mind is an amazing thing, if you set your mind to something, believe that you can do it, and you will!”

25 year old GB Short Track Speed Skater, Charlotte Gilmartin, who is on NISA’s World Class Short Track Programme and competed for Great Britain in the 2014 Winter Olympics, said: “I loved sport as a child, mostly copying anything my brother did. The sports I tried were all quite different, from jujitsu to football and roller hockey, which massively helped my skating ability later on in life. By the time I was 12, I had discovered short track speed skating after being spotted at a party. I went to my local club in Solihull where I instantly felt at home and trained twice a week where possible. Within three years, I had made the national team and had the chance to represent my country. It’s been an amazing journey that has taken me many places all over the world.

“I would love to spread the word about short track speed skating and encouraging more women and girls to get involved. Anyone can join at club level, at any age, and enjoy being part of a team. There are local races for those who are after a thrill and several training sessions every week for those looking to increase their fitness level. The next step is racing for your club across Europe and there is also the opportunity to make the national team, so there really is something for women of every age and ability to strive for”.

To find out more about This Girl Can, please visit

To find out more about ice skating and Skate UK lessons, go to

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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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