Learn to Skate

Learn to Skate – SKATE UK

Learn to skate at Bradford Ice Arena

Each course runs for 6 weeks and includes five 30 minute lessons, skate hire and entry into the public session immediately after.

Next Course Dates

THURSDAY February 13th, 20th, 27th March 5th, 12th and 19th
SUNDAY February 16th, 23rd March 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
COST: £50 for each 6 week training course. If you’d like to book both the Thursday and the Sunday course together, we have an amazing offer of ONLY £70 FOR BOTH!

Our Thursday evening and Sunday morning 6 week courses are aimed at beginners of all ages who want to learn the basics of ice skating. Skate UK is the National ice Skating Association’s flagship Learn to Skate programme that teaches fundamental movements and basic skills. Our qualified coaches will help you towards becoming a better and more confident skater as you progress through the Learn to Skate grades, 1 to 8.

On taking part in this course you’ll receive a “Skate UK Record of Achievement” which is needed for each passing level. For each level passed, a certificate can be collected from the box office at a price of £1.50 each, and badges are available at a price of £3.00 each.

Once level 8 has been completed, there are a number of options open to the skater:

  • You can become a member of the Bradford Ice Skating Club, which is on a Tuesday and Thursday evening, giving you an hour to practice at your own speed.
  • Throughout the grades, personal one to one tuition is available from NISA trained professionals.
  • You may decide that Ice Hockey is more your area and therefore can attend beginners hockey sessions on Wednesday evenings.


All bookings are based on a first come first served basis. Please book early at the box office to void disappointment, call in or give us a ring on 01274 733535.

Timetable: Thursday
Grades 1-4 6.30pm-7pm.
Grades 5-8 7pm-7.30pm.

Timetable: Sunday
Grades 1-4 10.30am – 11am.
Grades 5-8 10am – 10.30am.


The Skate UK is a programme of basic skills; these are the fundamentals of the sport. Once a skater has completed this programme then they have the basic knowledge of the sport. This programme is tested under a progressive and continuous testing structure.


  • Sit down and stand up
  • March forwards across the ice
  • Forward two foot glide
  • Skate and Dip (Little Man)
  • Turn around on the spot


  • Backwards Marching across the ice
  • Forward Swizzles (Lemons)
  • Forward two foot glide on a curve (left and right)
  • Two foot turn on the spot (forwards to backwards, back to forwards)
  • Snowplough or T-Stop


  • Forward stroking (showing correct use of blade)
  • Moving two foot turn (forwards to backwards, back to forwards)
  • Backwards Swizzles (Lemons)
  • Back two foot glide
  • Forward one foot glide (left and right)


  • Forward outside edges on a circle (left and right)
  • Forward inside edges on a circle (left and right)
  • Basic forward Slalom (basic outside / inside edges)
  • Forward continuous Chasses around a circle (left and right)


  • Backward outside edges on a circle (left and right)
  • Backward inside edges on a circle (left and right)
  • Backward continuous chasses around a circle (clockwise and counter-clockwise)
  • Forward crossovers (clockwise and anti-clockwise)
  • Forward outside three turns (left and right) from standstill


  • Forward inside three turn (left and right) from standstill
  • Backward outside edges step to forward outside edge on a circle
  • Backward crossovers (clockwise and anti-clockwise)
  • Backward two foot Slalom
  • Two foot spin (min 2 revs)


  • Forward inside open Mowhawk (left and right)
  • Backward crossovers to landing position glide
  • Continuous forward outside edges along a straight line (as per Level 1 – Field Moves)
  • Continuous forward inside edges along a straight line (as per Level 1 – Field Moves)
  • Basic forward Cross rolls


  • Continuously outside three turns around a circle (3 in a row); left and right
  • Continuous inside three turns around a circle (3 in a row); left and right
  • Step sequence: Three turns, Mowhawk, Cross rolls, Twizzles, Toe steps ect.
  • Forward inside single Twizzle (left and right) (Hockey skaters forward Drag; left and right)
  • One foot spin (min 2 revs) (Hockey skaters 2 foot spin; min 4 revs)

Figure skating is an athletic sport in which individuals, pairs, or groups perform spins, jumps, footwork and other intricate and challenging moves on ice. Figure skaters compete at various levels from beginner up to the Olympic level (senior), and at local, national, and international competitions. (Wikipedia)

Private Lessons and Patch Ice

Many hours of ice time are dedicated to figure skating training. These dedicated sessions are called patches. The patches of ice are separated into ability levels, ‘Senior, Junior and Any Standard’ patches are available for skaters to take part in private lessons with qualified coaches or practice their skills on their own.

Bradford Ice Arena – Risk Assessment

Click HERE to download a copy of Bradford Ice Arena’s “Risk Assessment – Group Bookings & General Skating” document.