National Ice Centre Backing Campaign To Get Moving to Improve Mental Wellbeing

Skating is a great way to boost mental wellbeing. That’s the message from the National Ice Centre as it announces its May half term timetable with public sessions running every day from Friday 24 May to Sunday 2 June.

It follows the national Mental Health Awareness Week advocating for ‘moving more for our mental health’, and the introduction of the weekly ‘Social-Ice’ cafe run in partnership with Nottinghamshire Mind.

Robyn Pedley, National Ice Centre, said: “With exam season in full swing, the May half term can be an anxious time for teenagers coping with revision stress, and it’s now widely accepted that regular breaks and physical activity can be very helpful in dealing with the pressure.

“Our daily public skating sessions are the ideal opportunity to let off some steam, with the switch of focus needed to get on the ice providing the perfect antidote to revision burnout.”

It’s not just teens that can enjoy half term at Nottingham’s National Ice Centre, there’s sessions for parents and tots, ice hockey clinics, intensive lessons, the popular Friday night disco and a family disco suitable for younger children on Saturday afternoons, as well as extra public skating at the weekends.

A themed fairytale adventure on the ice is perfect for introducing little ones to the magic of ice skating in a fun, safe, and supportive environment, all wrapped up in a fairy tale wonderland. Reserved exclusively for parents and their tots, pushchairs are also safe and welcome on the ice. Dressing up as their favourite character is strongly encouraged, with storytelling from 10:15, followed by a 30-minute session skating to music. Booking is open for the Fairies, Pixies and Elves parent & tot ice skating session, Monday 27 May.

On Saturday 25 May, the Outer Space Ice Disco is perfect for families and individuals of all ages and skating abilities with dazzling disco lights and all the latest hits adding to the interstellar fun, while the regular Friday night disco is set to be busy with pre-booking advised.

The 3 day intensive skating course is suitable for anyone working at Levels 1 to 8 looking to power up their skills. Skate hire and a daily public skating session following each lesson is included in the course.

The Mental Health Foundation says: “One of the most important things we can do to help protect our mental health is regular movement. Our bodies and our minds are connected. Looking after ourselves physically also helps us prevent problems with our mental health.

“Movement is a great way to enhance our wellbeing. Even a short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking can boost our mood and increase our mental alertness and energy. Movement helps us feel better about our bodies and improve self-esteem. It can also help reduce stress and anxiety and help us to sleep better.”

To find out more about May half term and to prebook, go to

Posted on 15 May 2024

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