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Inside the Future of British Ice Skating

While the traditional skating season may be drawing to a close, British Ice Skating are opening their doors to all members for a glimpse of what the coming years have in store.

On Wednesday 24th April, a combined celebration will be staged to mark the official opening of the new office premises at the English Institute of Sport, and the culmination of the Young Stars event at adjacent iceSheffield.

Young Stars Masterclass Sessions

The occasion will bring together the past, present and future of Ice Skating in the UK, with Olympic legends Jayne Torvill and Robin Cousins, current GB Performance Squad skaters, and our very talented group of Young Stars all in attendance.

Robin Cousins

 

Jayne with Michelle Draper (CEO), Kirstie Robinson (Events Manager)
and then-Chair Maggie Worsfold

The past 18 months have seen significant steps forward in the development and the governance of the sport, including new Articles of Association, Technical Advisory Committees, Competition Structure, partnerships with the BBC and Merchandise producers, the re-branding as ‘British Ice Skating’, and now the move to a 21st-Century venue with access to world-class sports science facilities.  This has been set against a backdrop of significant achievements across the skating disciplines, putting British Ice Skating in a much stronger position financially, commercially, reputationally, and most importantly: sportingly.

Jayne Torvill with Christopher Dean
Robin Cousins in action

The Young Stars Programme is a prime example of a new strand within Ice Skating,which enables high-class competition, added exposure and Talent ID opportunities for our Beginner to Level 3 skaters, as well as offering masterclasses from experienced skaters, coaches and officials.  Following the grand opening of the office premises, all present will be invited to join Jayne, Robin and Co. in watching the Level 3 under-10s in action at iceSheffield, and who knows, perhaps seeing future Olympians among them!

Timings for the day

11:30 – arrival of VIPs

12:15 – grand opening of offices

12:40 – VIPs arrive at rink for competition

13:00-16:00 – open office for all British Ice Skating members to meet the team

We ask you to put this event in your diaries and be sure to join us for a celebration of all things great about Ice Skating in the UK and to toast the future of British Ice Skating.

 

Rob Jones

Chair - BRITISH ICE SKATING