Skating centre of excellence launches free Start to Skate classes

Picture of the Silver Blades ice rinkSilver Blades Ice Rink has been awarded Centre of Excellence status by the National Ice Skating Association of Great Britain (NISA).

The news comes as the Gillingham ice rink launches free six-week Start to Skate classes for those with learning or development disabilities.

The Centre of Excellence award was made by the NISA chief executive Keith Horton on Wednesday, 19 October.

The new Start to Skate sessions, which are part of the Sport England Sportivate scheme, start on 31 October/1 November and run for six weeks until 12/13 December. They are designed to teach the basics of ice skating in an informal setting without any expectations or pressures. 

The classes are open to anyone aged 14 to 25 with a learning or development opportunity, who will learn fundamental movements and basic skills. No previous skating experience is necessary and all equipment is provided.

Anyone who attends five of the six sessions will receive free skating at public sessions, discounts on attending Skate UK and the chance to join ice skating/hockey clubs.

For more information and to book a place call the Silver Blades Ice Rink call the ice rink on 08700 85 29 29 or visit

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