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 BIS (British Ice Skating) 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.
We follow the official learn to skate programme by British Ice Skating, Skate UK which teaches the FUNdamental skills of ice skating in a safe, active, encouraging and, most importantly, fun learning environment. Designed for all ages, Skate UK incorporates the essential A, B, C’s of an ice skater’s development: Agility, Balance and Coordination.
Together with the different learning phases: Discovering, Developing and Consolidating, the programme is designed to engage a skater’s interests, build their confidence and
challenge their athletic and technical development in ice skating as they progress through the levels.
PHASE 1 DISCOVERING PHASE
Levels 1-3 “Discovering” Skill Phase which encompasses the fundamental skating skills required to start your ice skating journey,
by the end of this phase skaters will have a clear understanding of forward and backward skating, forward and backward stopping and of
edges and how to use them.
PHASE 2 DEVELOPING PHASE
Levels 4-6 “Developing” Skill Phase strengthens the fundamental skating skills and builds upon them. On completion of this phase skaters will have a working knowledge of forward and backward stroking, forward and backward crossovers and transitioning from forwards to backwards and backwards to forwards.
PHASE 3 CONSOLIDATING PHASE
Levels 7-8 “Consolidating” Skill Phase, we are now reinforcing previous skills taught and linking them together with increased quality and confidence throughout.
On taking part in this course you’ll need a “Skate UK Record of Achievement” book for each passing level – these are available from the box office at £3 each. For each level passed, a certificate can be collected from the box office at a price of £2.00 each, and badges are available at a price of £3.00 each.
All participants are required to be able to make their way onto the ice and stand unaided before beginning a SkateUK course.
Booking for courses can be made at any time during the preceding course, however the first week of each set of lessons is only open to current participants. After the first week, bookings are opened up for new customer so early booking is advised as places are limited.
7th & 10th sept to 12th & 15th Oct
19th & 22nd oct to 23rd & 26th Nov
30th Nov & 3rd dec to 14th & 17th Dec (1/2 price)
4th & 7th Jan to 8th & 11th Feb
15th & 18th Feb to 21st & 24th March
28th & 31st March to 2nd & 5th May
9th & 12th May to 13th & 16th June
20th & 23rd June to 25th & 28th July
1st & 4th Aug to 29th Aug & 1st Sept (1/2 price)
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 BIS trained professionals.
You may decide that Ice Hockey is more your area and therefore can attend beginners hockey sessions on Wednesday evenings.