National Ice Centre Schools Skating programme

Schools Ice Skating Programme

The National Ice Centre’s award winning Schools Ice Skating Programme offers an exciting, motivational and fun experience for children – with all participants receiving a national qualification, accredited by the National Ice Skating Association (NISA), upon completion of the programme.

Over 16,000 children have participated in the programme to-date and it is seen by the Youth Sport Trust as being an inspiring way for young people to take part in PE and sport who are not yet engaged.

For more information email our Sport Development Officer or call 0115 853 3064.

Key Facts:

• The Schools Ice Skating Programme consists of six weekly, one hour sessions
• Sessions available 1:15pm Monday to Friday, subject to availability
• Available for up to 35 pupils per session
• Aimed at all abilities; should you have children with any particular special needs we will endeavour to accommodate for all parties – please get in touch prior to your session
• School groups are collected by bus and brought to the National Ice Centre
• Professional, CRB checked and fully qualified coaches
• Opportunity for further development via NIC skating lessons

In addition to the Schools Ice Skating Programme, subsidised ice skating sessions are available to school groups at £3.50 per person – what a great way to reward children or round off a productive term or school year.

To learn more about our Schools Ice Skating Programme or book a skating session for a school group, call Matt Bradbury – Sports Development Officer on 0115 853 3064.

Urban Hockey

Urban Hockey is a fast moving, exciting playground sport which is helping children of all ages to engage with PE. Based on the game of ice hockey, participants learn to stickhandle, pass and shoot like the pros.

This exciting sport can be played by anyone irrespective of age or ability and is used by many local schools to support their PE lessons. It has been developed to teach youngsters the basic and fundamental skills of hockey, whilst providing a unique opportunity for children who may not usually get involved in sporting activities.

If you would like the NIC to bring Urban Hockey to your school or to learn more about the sport,  email our Sport Development Officer or call 0115 853 3064.

Learning Zone

The NIC Learning Zone is operated in partnership with Blue Bell Hill Trust – a partnership which aims to offer a unique experience and inspire children and their families through ice.

The Learning Zone operates a Family Skate Programme, supported by Nottingham City Council, The Nottingham Panthers and Experian. The programme is the first of its kind in the UK, and allows families to spend quality time together by carrying out activities in the Learning Zone classroom area and participating in skating lessons together.

The scheme received the Inspire Mark in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games as recognition of exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the Olympic Games.

Other activities include holiday clubs and activity days with the Nottingham Panthers.

For further information on the Learning Zone please email

Disabled Inclusion Sessions

We offer ice skating opportunities for people with disabilities and their families. Depending on individual requirements, the ice can be accessed on skates, in a wheelchair or in one of our purpose built sledges (sledges must be booked in advanced). Coaches are on hand throughout to provide support. Structured lessons and one-on-one coaching are also available separately.

For further information or to book contact Box Office on email or call 0843 373 3000.