National Ice Centre Disabled Inclusion Ice Skating
The National Ice Centre offers skating opportunities for disabled people and their families. Sessions are open for all to try out the ultimate experience of Ice Skating regardless of your age or disability.
Disabled people can access the ice in many ways depending on individual requirements. Options available include; on ice skates; in your own wheelchair; or in one of the purpose built sledges.
Coaches and stewards are on hand throughout to provide advice and assistance. (Please note that this is for general coaching advice, structured lessons and one-on-one coaching are available separately, please contact the Ticketing and Customer Services for further information).
Where a sledge is required, we have a booking procedure in place in all sessions which allows persons to assess the use of a sledge for 15 minute slots; this will help to accommodate the specialist needs of the skater and a fairer system for allocating the equipment needed for some of the skaters. Bookings are again required in advance at the time of booking on to the session and on a first come first served basis.
The NIC is an accessible venue with disabled access and disabled parking bays. There is also a café adjacent to the rink where you can warm up with a variety of hot drinks and snacks
Up and coming sports to look out for are sledge hockey – covering both the on ice version and “brand new” inline sledge version on wheels.
Family sessions run on Sundays between 10am – 10.45am (not every week – please telephone to check). The session price is £6.50 per person – (one carer free per disabled person).
As this is a very popular activity please be aware that booking in advance is essential, to avoid disappointment please do not arrive on the day without a booking. If any extra spaces are available on the day these will be charged at £7.50 per person. Customer Services can be contacted on 0843 373 3000.