Arena InformationPlanet Ice Arena
1 Mallard Road
Arena Tel: 01733 260 222
Fax: 01733 261 021
|Penguin Hire||£5.00 [ 60 min ]|
|Ice Skating||[ See Timetable ]|
|Skate Hire Only||£8.20|
* Valid for over 21s only.
Under 21s must pay full admission.
Logan's Skate Excellence Story
Tell us a little about Logan
Logan was 6 years old when he first began his ice skating lessons. He’s mildly autistic, so has always been quiet and very shy around others. He’s a very visual learner and often needs to be shown something to grasp it.
What made you sign him up for Learn to Skate Lessons?
We went to see Disney on Ice and he was fascinated with the performers. He asked how they got to be so good and I explained about practice and skating lessons. He was quite interested and I saw the Skate Excellence Christmas present online and thought it looked like a good stocking filler. At that point I had no intention of it becoming a regular thing!
How did he adjust to it originally?
He struggled a bit to start with. His balance was fine but getting used to the feeling of the ice below him took a while. After he first fell over his confidence was a little shaky. He was reluctant to come back after his first attempt but we agreed to see the first six weeks through.
How did he progress?
After the first block we decided he was starting to pick it up so tried again. He seemed to become confident by the end of each lesson. I discussed this with the manager who had been skating with him and he thought that Logan needed to be on the ice more often than once a week to establish the process as a routine. He suggested a daily course in the school holidays would be ideal, so we tried the Learn to Skate in 5 Days course. That was his turning point. All of a sudden getting on the ice became second nature and he didn’t need time at the start of each lesson to adjust like he used to. Where before there were nerves, he now became really excited about the next time he’d be on the ice.
What do you think has helped his progression?
The quality of his coach has really helped. He repeated level one and the second time had Kim as a coach. Socialising has always been difficult for him, but he instantly seemed to really bond with her. She makes his lessons really fun and, as she’s aware he needs a little extra visual assistance, always goes out of her way to ensure he’s understood something. He might take a little while to process it sometimes, but she understands that and is very patient with him. I think it’s great that the coaches progress through the levels with the students as it was very important for him to be taught by someone he’s familiar and comfortable with.
How do you think Logan has benefitted from the course?
His confidence is the number one thing you notice about him. Beforehand he was incredibly shy around other people. Since he’s progressed through the Skate Excellence programme he’s like a different person! He laughs and jokes with everyone in his group and has become very outgoing. The social skills he used to struggle with are no longer issues and he interacts much more with everyone. He’s just changed so much!
What has he found most enjoyable?
The opportunity to skate in the Christmas show. He absolutely loved it! It’s great that skaters of any ability can take part. If you’d told me in those first few weeks that he’d be skating in front of 2000 people inside a year, I’d have told you that you were insane. It was such a proud moment for both of us – he still talks about how great it was and how he can’t wait for next year! I just would never have imagined he’d have the confidence to do that but he loved every second of it. It makes me so happy to see him counting down the days until he’s back on the ice every week.
What would you say to other people thinking about starting the programme?
I’d definitely recommend it. It’s just been so great for him – the confidence he’s found, the fitness side of it and of course the social side too. It’s a unique skill to learn anyway, but to be able to do this while making so many friends has been brilliant. We’ve used the referral scheme to introduce friends from his class and they’ve loved it – they got a discounted introduction course and he’s got free skating tickets so it’s a real win-win. I really like the flexibility too; if we’ve missed a class, they’re happy to rearrange it so he can attend on a different day rather than miss out on it. The most important recommendation if you’re going to be watching from the sides is simple: buy plenty of thermal clothing as it gets cold!
Logan is currently starting Level Eight on the Skate Excellence programme. If you’re interested in joining the programme, then click here or call us on 02476 630 693 to start your skating journey!
How To Get Here?
- 6 or 20 thirty minute lessons delivered weekly by Skate Excellence & NISA accredited Coaches
- FREE Boot Covers
- FREE Gloves
- FREE Certificate
6 Week Course Costs £60.00To see available dates, time, and book
20 Week Course Costs £180.00To see available dates, time, and book
Adult Skating CoursesAll our Planet Ice rinks make provision for Adults that would
like to learn to skate. We appreciate that some are looking
for a lifestyle change, meet new friends, to keep fit, or simply
brush up on skills you haven't used for years. Whatever
your reason most rink offer tailor made courses where you
can learn amongst people more your own age.
Toddler Skating CoursesWe have Ice Toddler skating classes most weekday's. We take toddlers from 18 months up to 5 years in our specially priced skating session. There are toys and games on the ice that are designed to encourage your little one to show an interest in ice skating. Parents love it because it gives them an opportunity to get out, meet other people in similar circumstances, and get the kids doing activities from an early age.
Disco Sessions - Junior Disco & Sub-Zero
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If you want to follow in the blades of those on Dancing on Ice or have a burning (or should that be freezing?) desire to take to the ice for fun, then our top 10 tips for ice skating beginners should be just the ticket to have you skating confidently in no time, rather than skating like Bambi on ice.
- Don’t look down when skating - It’s amazing how many people starting out in skating spend all their time looking at their feet rather than in the direction they are going. Instead, keep your head up and look in front of you so at least you can see who or what you are about to collide with!
- Get some good skates - If you’re stepping out for the first time, then hire skates available at most centres will be fine. But if you get the skating bug and decide to take it up, buy a decent pair of skates that will last and most importantly, fit well and provide good support.
- Tie skates the correct way - The right skates for you will not be the correct ones if they are tied incorrectly. Make sure your skates are not too tight or your feet will likely go numb, while having your skates too loose will not provide the proper support for your ankles.
- Warm up for skating slowly – Give that skating takes place generally in a cold arena, then your muscles are initially going to be cold. Prior to skating, it’s not really wise to just throw your leg over a barrier and start stretching. Stretching in a cold environment can lead to muscle tears, so wrap up well (but not as to restrict your movement) and start with some bend and work up to stretching.
- Get some skating lessons – If you really want to master the basics, then taking some lessons is an absolute must. Take a few group lessons which are available at most rinks and for a variety of ages. Also take a friend along, as learning with someone will help you relax on the ice.
- Don’t lean backwards when skating – Leaning back will likely send you flying on your backside or worse. The best advice is to keep your knees bent and your weight forward. Hold your arms out in front of you and open them wide to help you stay balanced.
- There’s no stopping you! - Naturally, one of the basics you’ll need to know is how to stop. To stop, bend your knees, turn the toes of each foot inwards, point your heels out, and push out on your heels. This will slow you down and bring you to a stop. Now that’s a relief!
- Skate in the correct direction – While initially the direction you are skating may not be of your choosing, there is usually a directional rule to follow on the ice, either clockwise or vice-versa. Don’t try skating the wrong way round the ice rink as you’ll end up hurting others and quite possibly yourself.
- Make use of temporary rinks – If you are not fortunate enough to have a skating rink near you, then make the most of temporary ice rinks if one pops up near you. Christmas is a particularly good time to try to visit a temporary ice rink in some major cities, so go along, you’ll have a good time, whatever your skating experience.
- Don’t take skating too seriously - When you fall down (and be sure you will), have a laugh about it and get right back up on your skates again. Don't take yourself or your skating too seriously, after all, even the best end up on their backside from time to time. It’s even funnier if you do it in style!
So there you have it, some useful ice skating tips to get you started. Remember that proper instruction is important, especially if you are wanting to make the step up to more advanced skating used in figure skating, ice hockey or speed skating. But if you are skating purely for fun, then make sure you actually have fun on the ice, and if the worst comes to the worst, make sure you have a good friend to hang onto.
After School Skating
Penguin ClubCustomer Notice: Please be advised that as of Monday 31st October the penguin club prices for an extra tot will be £4.30 with an ice card and £6.30 without an ice card.
Please be advised that Penguin Club will not run over the festive period, please see dates below.
- Sunday 25th December
- Tuesday 27th December
- Sunday 01st January
- Tuesday 03rd January
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Please Note: We also run a Skate Excellence Learn to skate ICE PENGUIN 6 week lessons for Toddlers. The Learn 2 Skate Ice Penguin program consists of 5 levels, each level is made up of small competencies, which that are the building blocks of skating skills with practice. The early learner skater will become familiar with the lesson format and intern will be able to achieve their individual learning outcome, to encourage progression the ice penguin. CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE