Due to changes in our schedule, we have made some changes to sessions this Sunday, including adding an extra Parent & Toddler session!
The usual 10.00-10.45am session will still take place, for this Sunday only the session will be moved from the arena to the Capital One Rink.
Plus, there will be an additional Parent & Toddler session in the Capital One Rink, taking place 10.55-11.40am.
All the usual on-ice equipment will be avaliable, plus our expert coaches and rink assistants will be on hand to help your little ones with their first steps on to the ice. Read more about Parent & Toddler skating sessions and see the full list of session times here.
You can book by calling 0843 373 3000 or by calling into Ticketing & Customer Services, National Ice Centre, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.
Please note the 10.00-10.45am session is now fully booked, however bookings are now being taken for the 10.55-11.40 session. We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment!
Please note that today’s Socialice session will not be taking place as scheduled.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. You can check out all future Socialice sessions and public skating sessions on our website.
On Monday 3 March, 70 pupils from Bluebell Hill School and staff from the Capital FM Arena and National Ice Centre will skate a mile around the Capital FM Arena rink in support of Sport Relief 2014.
GB Short Track athletes, including the five skaters that represented Team GB at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, will complete their mile (15 laps) before the main event and will then officially start the challenge for children and staff at 1:40pm.
In order to raise as much money for charity as possible, National Ice Centre coaches take to the ice regularly with children from the School of Ice, Blue Bell Hill, as part of the schools ice skating programme in preparation for a mile of ice skating.
The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.
Matt Bradbury, Sports Development Officer, National Ice Centre said: “With the Winter Olympics having just taken place in Sochi there’s no better time to get the children onto the ice getting active and keeping fit to complete the mile. At the same time as fundraising for such a worthy cause, they can also have great fun with their school mates.”
For more information on skating times at the National Ice Centre visit www.national-ice-centre or to find out more information about the schools programme, please contact Matt Bradbury on 0115 853 3064.
For further information about Sport Relief taking place on Friday 21 March, please visit www.sportrelief.com.
Great Britain’s short track speed skaters might have lacked luck when it came to topping the podium at the recent Olympic Winter Games, but GB Short Track Performance Director Stuart Horsepool is praising the skaters for outstanding personal performances while representing Team GB in Sochi.
“Even though we haven’t come back from Sochi with a medal, I couldn’t have asked for more from our athletes in terms how they approached the Olympics, and attacked each and every race with full commitment.”
Jon Eley, Elise Christie, Jack Whelbourne, Charlotte Gilmartin and Richard Shoebridge, who competed in 12 races across three distances, over 5 days of short track competition, thrilled both the British public and GB Short Track coaching staff with their performances.
“It was incredible to see the squad skate to their potential on the world’s biggest sporting stage, and the support staff played a crucial role in their success. I’m very proud of the whole team and even though there is no medal to show for their efforts, there is no doubt that other victories will be taken from this Olympics”, said Horsepool.
History was made in Sochi when Jack Whelbourne became the first British skater to reach an Olympic 1500m final, while Elise Christie was the first British woman to compete in an Olympic final when she won her 500m semi-final against three Chinese skaters. Horsepool also praised the work GB Short Track support staff, saying:
“Our support staff do an incredible amount behind the scenes and they deserve a great deal of credit for the part they played in Sochi, particularly in getting Jack back to fitness when he injured his ankle in the 1500m final, and also helping Elise get back in the frame of mind to race, and race at her best, after her disqualifications and abuse on social media.”
Despite a turbulent time for Elise Christie, Horsepool added that the potential shown by Christie in Sochi bodes well for the entire team at the upcoming World Championships and beyond to Pyeongchang 2018.
“Elise showed exceptional form in Sochi and demonstrated to the world why she is one of the top competitors in short track. Watching her sit at the back of the pack and see her pick off opponents with such ease was a great moment for everyone at GB Short Track.
“We’ve all worked very hard with her and the rest of the team to develop these skills, so to see them being used to such effect at an Olympics was a real reward. It just shows that the programme we have in place is capable of producing world class competitors, which is exciting for the future of the sport.”
Horsepool concluded: “I’d like to thank the British Olympic Association, as well as UK Sport and the National Lottery, because without their support, none of this would have been possible.”
The squad are straight back into training following their arrival back from Sochi on Tuesday, with just one days rest before beginning preparations for the upcoming World Championships in Montreal, 14-16 March, where they will be looking to finish the Olympic season in style.