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New to Speed Skating
What is Speed Skating?
Short track speed skating is a fast, adrenaline filled sport with action packed racing on ice. Groups of 4 to 6 skaters race around a 111m track with lots of overtaking, thrills and spills and reaching speeds of up to 35 km/hr.
With the club you can take part just as a recreational skater or compete in racing.
It is an excellent aerobic activity for any age, and is ideal for your general fitness.
Who can do it?
Speed skating is a sport for all ages and skill levels. However we require that skaters be at least 5 years old, but beyond that, we welcome anyone who wants to skate fast and have fun.
We encourage adult skaters as well as children, in a supportive family atmosphere.
Whether you want to learn to speed skate for the first time, are looking for a recreational experience, to improve your skating skills for other sports, or you want to train and compete at a high level, we encourage all.
What's learning to speed skate like?
To see what short track speed skating is like see this link
What's our club like?
How do I start?
For those who have never skated before the National Ice Centre runs courses that will provide you with some basic skating skills. See the SkateUK course. This will allow you to better enjoy speed skating and do it safely. The coach will advise as to when you are ready to come to the speed club.
For those of you that can skate a little already come down to one of our sessions and we will get you started.
We also welcome hockey skaters and figure skaters who want to learn how to race on ice, or just what to learn how to skate faster.
Why not come and watch our club session on a Saturday (at 12:30) after the public skate, have a chat with members and join the fun.
What do I need?
To try out speed skating you require to have the following equipment: