**Inclusive Skating sessions are currently on hold. We are working on a way for the group to be taken forward and we will announce further details when possible.**
Inclusive skating sessions are aimed at families with a member who has a disability, life limiting condition and/or additional need, to come along, have fun and play on the ice together. Inclusive Skating’s ethos is that everybody should be able to attend, regardless of ability.
At Inclusive Skating you can come along and play, learn to skate, learn to play sledge hockey, and soon we hope you will be able to learn to play ice hockey! Watch this space as the project grows and grows.
Sessions take place at Planet Ice on Mallard Road, North Bretton from 5.15pm – 6.15pm. Parking for this hour is around the back of the building and is free for Inclusive Skating participants. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to register for the sessions.
Michelle and Chelsea are local figure skaters who volunteer their time each week to come to the sessions and help out. They are both working towards their Level 1 National Ice Skating Association Coach qualification. Aaron Banos and Calum Titmus also attend each week and assist skaters on the ice, and Graham brings the sledge hockey equipment and teaches people how to play this fascinating, truly inclusive sport. We’re incredibly grateful for the work undertaken by our volunteers, as the skaters love them and the project wouldn’t be what it is today without their assistance.
With thanks to Comic Relief Red Nose Day Community Cash and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, Inclusive Skating sessions began at Planet Ice Peterborough on 5th June 2015. Inclusive Ice Skating was the idea of Ice Skating Coach and Inspire Peterborough Marketing and Events Officer Gail Howard, and Calum Titmus Special Olympic Figure Skating champion. Calum is autistic with severe learning difficulties, difficulty in communicating with others, epilepsy and a mental health condition.
One of the many fabulous reviews of Inclusive Skating: “Inspire Peterborough is fab. It gives so many people of various ages and ability the chance to experience the ice. I started taking my two daughters skating and they loved it, but what made it even more special was seeing my 42 year old brothers face the first time I took him. As he is blind and confined to a wheelchair he would never have got this opportunity if it wasn’t for the wonderful team at inspire!!”