The first Skills Schools of 2019 took place at the National Ice Centre on Sunday 13th January with one of the highest attendance levels seen to date. Following a restructure, the sessions are now divided into two stages. Stage One is suitable for Under-11s and novices, Stage Two is designed for 11-17 year olds including ex-academy skaters.
The new format sees Stage One skaters focus on general sporting skills such agility, speed and coordination. Stage Two has a clear Short Track focus with different core topics each month, such as starts, relays and technical basics.
Skills School programme manager and head coach, Richard Shoebridge said: “It was great having such a large turnout to skills school for the start of the new year. Splitting the sessions into two groups worked really well for developing short track skaters of all abilities and ages. I look forward to seeing the sessions progress, and hopefully continuing to grow the number of skaters we see get involved with the programme.”
Richard is additionally the Speed Skating Performance Program Head Coach for Short Track within the UK and is accompanying the largest group of GBR Junior skaters to the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Montreal, Canada at the end of January. Having a team of 4 ladies and 4 men really underlines the great potential and strength-in-depth from young British Short Track skaters.
To find out more about Skills School, including information on future sessions, click here.
Please note: Whilst all information on Skills School has been transferred to the British Ice Skating website from the GB Short Track site, it should be noted the GB Short track website will cease to exist from February 1st 2019.