It was announced this week that the Isle of Wight’s only ice rink has been taken over by the Ryde Arena Trust Ltd. As of this weekend, the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) and Ryde Arena will offer skaters on the Isle of Wight the NISA Skate UK participation programme.
Terri Smith, head coach at Ryde Ice Rink, said:
“We are all so pleased that the Isle of Wight’s only ice rink will remain open, and skaters can continue to use Ryde Arena.
“I have been head coach at the Ryde Arena since 2006, and have watched so many skaters develop in the sport and become young professionals. The NISA Skate UK programmes are a great addition to the ice rink, and I am sure will be well received by many residents.”
Skate UK 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 the fundamental skills of ice skating in eight stages.
Nick Sellwood, Chief Executive of the National Ice Skating Association (NISA), said:
“It’s fantastic news to discover that the Ryde Arena will remain open, and the local community can continue to utilise the ice rink.
“The National Ice Skating Association is encouraging people 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.
“We are really pleased to learn that more people are showing an interest in ice skating in England. With strong British athletes such as Elise Christie and Penny Coomes flying the flag at national level, we hope these lessons will inspire a new generation of skaters.”
To find out more about ice skating in the UK, go to www.iceskating.org.uk.