Cool youngsters put fun on ice
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.”