The holiday season is a time for merriment and joy, and what better way to celebrate than by witnessing the magic on ice?

Active Stirling's Skate UK programme recently organised a breath-taking Christmas Ice Performance, highlighting the talents of their young skaters. The event left the audience spellbound, as these skaters wowed everyone with their impressive skills and graceful movements.

Young skaters from Active Stirling’s Skate UK programme put on a spectacular skating performance at their annual Christmas Gala (Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December, at The PEAK). Skaters (age 5 - 16) from beginners' level up to NISA level 1 standard, performed their skills and routines that they have been practising for the last few weeks in front of a large supportive crowd. In between the performances, the skaters were also treated to performances by members of the Stirling New Figure Skating Club and Starlight Synchro Club (many of those skaters began their journey in Active Stirling's Skate UK programme) - we even had a surprise visit from a couple of dinosaurs putting on a show for us!

Our Learn to skate Christmas Galas were a total blast this year! The crowds brought so much energy clapping, cheering, and even singing. Our skaters, ranging from beginner level up to Skate Star level, performed alongside special guest skaters from resident clubs and two inflatable skating dinosaurs - adding an extra layer of fun to the festivities! Watching skaters from our fantastic programme shine was heartwarming. A massive shout-out and heartfelt thanks to everyone who played a part in making this event a success, helping us build a community of passionate and skilled ice skaters!

Active Stirling’s Skating Co-ordinator, Rhiannon Scott

Active Stirling’s Learn to skate programme follows the BIS (British Ice Skating) National Governing Body pathway, where children as young as 5 years old can learn the fundamentals of ice skating. The Skate UK programme teaches young children movement and basic skating skills, build their confidence on the ice, and provides them with the basic knowledge of the sport.

Furthermore, figure skating is an excellent way to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The sport improves cardiovascular fitness, strength, and flexibility. Skaters also enhance their balance and co-ordination through repetitive movements on the ice. Participating in the Learn to skate programme allows individuals to reap these physical benefits while enjoying the sheer joy and freedom that comes with skating.

To find out more about Active Stirling’s Learn to skate programme, click here.