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Skate UK, Skate UK Star and British Ice Skating National Test Achievements – September 2022

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Congratulations to the following skaters on their achievements this month:

Nikola Sawicki passed Skate UK level 8

Amelia Wray passed Skate UK level 7

Sinead Kerr passed Skate UK Star bronze dance

Ailsa Grey passed Skate UK Star silver dance

Katie Gale passed Skate UK levels 1,2,3,4

Amelia Wray passed Skate UK level 8

Nadia Sawicki passed Skate UK Star gold dance

Helen Wyche passed Skate UK Star bronze dance

Nikola Sawicki passed Skate UK Star bronze free skating

Grace Shaw passed Skate UK level 7

Jaime Cliffe passed BIS level 2 skills & 3 pattern dances

Stevie Cliffe passed BIS level 3 skills & level 4 pattern dances

If you’re interested in learning how to ice skate, discover how you can do so via online coaching, or get in touch to find out more about 121 ice skating lessons in Bradford Ice Arena.

Skate UK & Skate UK Star achievements – August 2022

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Skate UK & Skate UK Star Achievements – August 2022

Congratulations to the following skaters on their achievements this month:

Grace Shaw passed Skate UK level 6

Lara Basic passed Skate UK level 5

Hayley Milner passed Skate UK level 6

Ailsa Grey passed Skate UK Star bronze free skating & dance

Abbey Meston passed Skate UK Star gold dance

Nadia Sawicki passed Skate UK Star Silver dance

Daisy Brook passed Skate UK level 6

Nikola Sawicki passed Skate UK level 7

If you’re interested in learning how to ice skate, discover how you can do so via online coaching or get in touch to find out more about 121 ice skating lessons in Bradford Ice Arena.

Skate UK & Skate UK Star Achievements – July 2022

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Congratulations to the following skaters on their achievements this month:

Nadia Sawicki passed Skate UK Star Bronze Dance & Free Skating

Nikola Sawicki passed Skate UK Level 6

Hayley Milner passed Skate UK Level 5

Tiana McCue passed Skate UK Star Free Skating

Emily Rankin passed Skate Tots Level 3

Grace Shaw passed Skate UK Level 5

Nadia Sawicki passed Skate UK Star Silver Free Skating

Amelia Wray passed Skate UK Level 5 & Level 6

Alice Greenwood passed Skate UK Star Bronze Dance

Nicole Armitage passed Skate UK Level 4

Jackie Armitage passed Skate UK Level 3

If you’re interested in learning how to ice skate, discover how you can do so via online coaching, or get in touch to find out more about 121 ice skating lessons in Bradford Ice Arena.

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Skate UK & Skate UK Star Achievements – June 2022

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Congratulations to the following skaters on their achievements this month:

Connie Darley passed Skate UK Star Silver & Gold Dance

Helen Wyche passed Skate UK Star Silver Dance

Delilah Dearlove passed Skate Tots Level 1

Ailsa Grey passed Skate UK Level 8

Tiana McCue passed Skate UK Star Gold Dance

Daisy Brook passed Skate UK Level 5

If you’re interested in learning how to ice skate, discover how you can do so via online coaching, or get in touch to find out more about 121 ice skating lessons in Bradford Ice Arena. 

Skate UK & Skate UK Star Achievements – May 2022

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Congratulations to the following skaters on their achievements this month:

Amelia Wray passed Skate UK Grade 4

Tiana McCue passed Skate UK Star silver Dance

Ailsa Grey passed Skate UK Grade 5

Daisy Lily Brook passed Skate UK Grade 4

Nadia Sawicki passed Skate UK Grade 8

Tiana McCue passed Skate UK Star Silver Free Skating

Natalia Willmott passed Skate UK Grade 4

Emily Rankin passed Skate Tots Level 1 & 2

 

If you’re interested in learning how to skate, discover how to do so via online coaching or get in touch to find out more about 121 ice skating lessons at Bradford Ice Arena. 

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Top Tips for Beginner Ice Skaters

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Starting anything new can feel a little daunting, no matter the stage of your life.

Ice skating, in particular, is something a lot of people find a little daunting, but with the right preparation and the best advice, you’ll soon be on your way to mastering new skills and feeling confident.

So if you want to have a better understanding of what to wear to go to the rink, what to eat before a lesson, how to lace your skates properly and much more, then read on

Choosing the right skates

When choosing a pair of ice skates, a few factors are essential. For example, If you’re a beginner, you will likely buy a boot and blade combo skate that will differ from the model skates a higher-level skater will require. However, depending on your technical level, and even how you skate, some boots may be more appropriate than others. If it feels like a better option at the start, rental skates are always a good alternative before investing in your own ice skates until you know this is something you plan to continue longer term

It’s worth researching different branded ice skates and getting a professional fitting to ensure you invest in the right pair. Different boot brands are made for different shaped feet, so what feels comfortable for one person, might have another person in agony. Something to be aware of when trying on skates is that they should be fitting snug, (always ensure you wear a thin sock), but they should still have room to contribute to flexible movement and comfortability.

How to dress for a practice at the rink

How you dress to go to the rink is really important. Wearing the wrong attire could negatively affect your practice and no one wants that! Attire which is comfortable and has the ability to stretch and allow movement is essential. When first learning to skate it’s always ideal to wear lighter clothing such as leggings and a fitted top or sweater as opposed to anything too heavy or anything too loose that could get caught up and cause injury to yourself or others

In terms of footwear, a thinner sock is a much better option. Your skate boots will fit snug regardless so the last thing you want is a thick sock taking up unnecessary foot room. Wearing thick socks can also interfere with feeling the ice and different pressures in the skate which can affect performance. Although there are specific socks you can buy that are designed for skating, thin socks with a decent grip are the main priority. 

Other accessories such as leg warmers and gloves can help keep you warm too.

How to warm up correctly

It is always best to arrive at your lesson at the rink slightly earlier so you have an appropriate amount of time to warm up, lace your boots and feel ready to go. The main focus of a warm-up will essentially aim to get your body warm and raise your heart rate off the ice, along with implementing static and dynamic stretches to prevent any risk of injury whilst skating. 

Muscle strains can occur when muscles are not adequately warmed up, and when put under the stress of elements such as a jump, spin, spiral, or even a fall, you don’t want any risk of muscle injury. You should spend 10-15 minutes at least warming up when you get to the rink, right before you put on the skates and head onto the ice. 

Simple warm-up exercises can include:

  • Jogging on the spot 
  • Jumping jacks
  • Skipping
  • Ankle and neck rotations
  • High knee run
  • Walking lunges
  • Straight leg kicks
  • Hip rotations
  • Quad and hamstring stretch
  • Arm swings
  • Side lunges

How to lace up your ice skates

Tying the laces on your ice skates doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it certainly makes a difference when done correctly. The importance of this comes from the need to support the ankle whilst ensuring the motion in your body is directed towards the blade and not misdirected in your boot. 

The general process of correctly tying the laces should more or less happen as so: place your foot in the boot with the weight in your heel and your toes slightly pointing upwards, bang your heel down into the back of the boot, and start tightening the bottom laces to the top gently tugging each lace crossover to end up with an even distribution of tightness across the boot. After this make sure you do the same process with the top laces across your ankle to ensure a high level of support, and then follow through with tying a neat bow with the laces and tucking in any excess lace.

Leg warmers are an ideal accessory as they hide away laces and of course, keep your legs warmer!

What to eat before skating

The recommended nutrition approach with ice skating is the 4 R’s: Rehydrate, Replenish, Repair and Reinforce. Typically just like any sport, nutrition before and after activity will have a vital impact, and we want that impact to be as positive and effective as possible.

A balanced diet packed with nutrition is something everybody should aim towards, whether actively taking part in sport or not. 

Before an ice skating lesson, you need to prepare your body for burning calories and therefore require a high amount of energy without feeling too full or heavy. Foods such as whole-grain cereal, yoghurt, bananas, oats and high protein drinks are always top of the list for a pre-lesson snack. 

After skating, protein is always a good option to help rebuild any muscle tissue and can include foods such as; chicken, eggs, vegetables, greek yoghurt, and salmon. Carbohydrates such as wholegrain rice, potatoes and pasta are ideal choices to regain energy used in the activity. 

Alongside opting for suitable food choices pre and post skating lessons, correct hydration is vital. Hydration is essential at all times, during the day and after a workout, the more water the better!

Now you’ve read our top tips, it’s time to get started with our expert online packages, available for beginners and higher levels. 

Skate UK & Skate UK Star Achievements – April 2022

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Congratulations to the following skaters on their achievements this month:

Tiana McCue passed Skate UK Star Bronze Free Skating and Dance 

Sinead Kerr passed Skate UK Grade 8 

Victoria Cosgrove passed Skate UK Grade 4

Hayley Milner passed Skate UK Grades 3 & 4

Lara Basic passed Skate UK Grade 4

Ailsa Grey passed Skate UK Grades 3 & 4

Amelia Wray passed Skate UK Grade 3

Nicole Armitage passed Skate UK Grades 1 & 2

Jackie Armitage passed Skate UK Grade 1 

If you’re interested in learning how to skate, discover how you can do so via Online Coaching, or get in touch to find out more about 121 ice skating lessons at Bradford Ice Arena.

Ice Skating Test Pass

British Ice Skating National Tests 18th March 2022

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Jaime Cliffe

Congratulations to Jaime Cliffe for passing her Level 1 Pattern Dances and Free Dance.

Stevie Cliffe

Congratulations to Stevie Cliffe for passing her Level 2 Pattern Dances, Free Dance & Skills 2.

Gabrielle Morgan

Congratulations to Gabrielle Morgan for passing her Level 6 Pattern Dances.

Blackburn Solo Ice Dance Competition

Blackburn Solo Ice Dance Competition – 27th & 28th March 2022

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Jaime Cliffe

Placed 1st performing the Rhythm Blues and 4th performing her free dance in the Beginner section.

Stevie Cliffe

Placed 12th performing the Dutch Waltz and 11th performing her free dance in the Juvenile section.

Gabrielle Morgan

Placed 10th performing her free dance in the Intermediate Novice section.

Alice Solorz

Placed 14th performing her free dance in the Junior section.