Cool young­sters put fun on ice

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et_reville

YOUNG­STERS have been en­joy­ing some cool fun on the ice.

Stu­dents from Helt­wate school in Peter­bor­ough have been try­ing out sledge hockey ses­sions at Peter­bor­ough’s Planet Ice.

The city is one of the few places run­ning a sledge hockey team in the coun­try.

Sledge hockey is the par­a­lympic ver­sion of ice hockey and staff at Planet Ice say taster ses­sions have been go­ing down very well.

And young­sters have also been keen to try out a free ice skat­ing scheme aimed at teach­ing chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties to skate.

Sporti­vate’s Start to Skate is open to any 16 to 25 year olds with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

The first ses­sion for dis­abled peo­ple took place on Fri­day, when they learnt in a mixed group with other able bod­ied chil­dren.

From to­day there will be free classes ev­ery Mon­day from 11.45am un­til 12.45pm.

Siob­han Page, who is Sporti­vate co­or­di­na­tor for Planet Ice Peter­bor­ough, said: “Dis­abil­i­ties should not stop any­one from learn­ing how to skate, and then there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get in­volved with things like sledge hockey and ice hockey.

“Quite of­ten they can be a bit ner­vous, so we have peo­ple on the ice to re­as­sure them that noth­ing is go­ing to hap­pen.

“We ex­plain the process in great de­tail and break it down so they can un­der­stand.

“We re­as­sure them that they don’t need to feel they have to go around at a rate of knots at first.”

The classes are for peo­ple aged be­tween 14 and 25 years of age.

Siob­han added: “All Sporti­vate classes are gov­ern­ment funded and they are free to go on.”

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