Doncaster Dome Gets Ready For Dancing On Ice Skating Surge
Andrew Liddle, Features Writer
To celebrate the return of ITV’s Dancing on Ice, Doncaster Dome are gearing up for a tremendous Ice Spectacular weekend, on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of January. The events will include stilt walkers, ice statues and lots of family fun activities at the Dome’s split-level ice rink, between 10am and 3.30pm each day.
In the last nine months more than 70,000 people have already taken to the ice at the Ice Caps at Doncaster Dome for skating and disco skating sessions and this may well be only the tip of the iceberg! The Ice Spectacular is timed to coincide with the return of the tenth series of ITV’s hugely popular show – beginning on January 7 at 6pm and hosted by Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.
Amanda Riddell, leisure and health manager at Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, says: “Skating is a great fun way to keep fit and spend time with family and friends and the show captures this appeal.”
The Dome confidently expects the show - the last final attracted more than 13 million viewers - to give local ice-skating a further tremendous boost. Amanda again: “During the ten week run we expect to see previous skaters who’ve not skated for a while returning to the rink and people who’ve never given skating a go, coming along to try it out.”
Her message is just to give it a go and have no fears about taking the first step.“Taking to the ice for the first time is the biggest step but we have penguin and snowman skating aids to help people who haven’t been on the ice before or need a little help to get their balance. The penguins and snowmen have helped more than 7,400 children access the ice since April 2017.”
Clearly there is no need to worry about equipment and there are certainly no age barriers. “We have boots starting from a children’s size six and skaters join us from walking age, our oldest learner was in their eighties. Under-5s can skate for free thanks to our scheme to encourage physical activity in younger children,” adds Amanda.
Ice skating lessons at the Dome have seen more than 2000 people in the borough learn to skate in the last nine months and those having skating lessons get free access to the ice for leisure sessions.
“Our skating lessons are for all ages and abilities and our instructors help to give people confidence on the ice and build on their abilities,“ adds Amanda.
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Doncaster Dome Gets Ready For Dancing On Ice Skating Surge, 4th January 2018, 10:24 AM