Get Inspired: How to get into ice skating

Children struggle to get to grips with ice skating

How do I start?

Find a skating rink near you or if you're a beginner you can check out Skate UK, - a 10-stage programme to help get you started.

But what is it?

There's figure skating and speed skating - sports you may have seen at the Winter Olympics. But skating doesn't have to be competitive. You can put on a pair of skates (which you can hire at rinks) and start gliding across the ice. It's best to make sure you can skate in a straight line before you attempt jumps and turns.

Is it for me?

Ice skating is for anybody and easy to learn, whether you just want a bit of fun with friends or are serious about joining a team.

What to expect when I get there?

  • If you haven't skated before, you might be scared of taking a fall on the ice. But don't worry, most people will take a tumble at some point and you'll be surprised at how quickly your balance will improve.
  • There's an emphasis on quick foot movement and supple knees, so you'll also improve your flexibility.
  • The focus on lower-body movement will help build leg muscles.
  • Concentration is key, so ice skating can be mentally stimulating.
  • You can start young - Skate Tots is a training programme for pre-school children to enjoy.
  • Inclusive Skating is an organisation that is striving to make ice skating accessible, and they have devised a scoring system that allows disadvantaged skaters to compete alongside able-bodied competitors.

To get you in the mood ...

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Christie teaches Williams to speed skate

All clubs need a chair, secretary and treasurer to help things run smoothly as well as officials, coaches and judges. Whatever role you're interested in, Join In has opportunities to volunteer in your area.

Are you inspired to try ice skating? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired, visiting us on Facebook or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.