Inclusive skating club is a UK first

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North Lanarkshire is now home to the UK’s first fully inclusive ice skating club for people with disabilities and their families.

The skating sessions at the Time Capsule allow families of disabled skaters to join them on the ice, receive coaching and with the help of volunteers build their skating skills.

Following the re-opening of the ice rink in December, the Coatbridge attraction received £300,000 in lottery funding which helped contribute towards the setting up of the skating club.

Former ladies skating champion Margarita Sweeney-Baird, who is head of Impaired Skating, said:” Thanks to the support of North Lanarkshire Leisure (NLL) the club is proving to be really popular with the local community and beyond.

“It gives children with disabilities, along with their families and friends, the chance to take part in ice sports as a physical activity.

“What makes this activity unique for the disabled community is that the whole family can take part. I am excited for the future of this programme and the benefits it can bring.”

NLL chief executive Blane Dodds added: “We are proud to be the first ice rink in the UK to offer fully inclusive skating and it is great to see people getting their skates on and enjoying the ice.

“Ice skating is an activity that can be enjoyed by all and it is a brilliant way to spend family time together.”

The lottery funding was used to help replace and enlarge the ice rink, install a brand new audio visual sound system, improve the surroundings and refurbish the changing and toilet facilities.

The sports centre is also continuing its appeal for skaters and sports enthusiast to get voting for the centre’s ice rink in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.

The Time Capsule Ice Rink has made it through huge competition to make the finals in the Best Sports Project category with a prize of £2,000 on offer.

NLL chairman Councillor Jim Logue said: “The short-listing of the project shows how popular the rink is in providing leisure opportunities for the local community.”

To find out more about the inclusive skating club call 01236 449572 and to vote for the ‘Time Capsule Ice’ project visit Lottery Good Causes