National Ice Skating Association
Ice Skating Singles Skating Pairs Skating
Ice Dancing Synchronized Skating Short
Track Speed Skating Figure Skating
Ice Skating is an absorbing and
exciting spectacle. Combining speed, powerful jumping, spins
and graceful movement.
It is a sport that everyone can
enjoy (male/female – young and old). Research indicates that
90% of the population have tried ice skating at one time.
Ice skating has a UK wide
presence and has enormous grass roots participation in
addition to athletes aspiring to the elitism and standards
of an Olympic sport.
There are approximately 2.5
million visitors to ice rinks in the United Kingdom every
year (11 million visits).
NISA has now developed a clear,
integrated pathway from beginners (grass roots) through to
elite at World and Olympic standards.
Career Pathway – Skater to Coach
NISA has a large and vibrant
recreational skating community comprising of individuals
from 20-80 years old
THE GOVERNING BODY
The National Ice Skating Association was
formed in 1879.
Great Britain is one of the
founding members of the International Skating Union (ISU)
HM Queen Elizabeth II is our
current patron. We have received Royal Patronage since the
Historically British Figure
Skating has attained a total of 10 Olympic medals, 6 of
which have been gold.
In the World Championships we
have achieved a total of 81 medals:
Speed skating is a later addition
to our sport. Short Track Speed was recognised as an Olympic
sport in 1994 and as an ISU sanctioned World Championships
NISA is based within our
prestigious National Ice Centre in Nottingham
There are five recognised Ice
Skating disciplines at a competitive standard:
Singles skating –
both ladies and men incorporating all the artistry of
skating including showmanship and high levels of athleticism
along with immaculate looks to ensure the sport is visually
Pairs skating –
requires incredible trust and confidence in the partnership.
The breathtaking and dangerous lifts make this sport
Ice Dancing –
an interpretation of dancing and theatre on ice. It is
delightful to watch with all the excitement of a Broadway
Show. In the UK it is the most popular of all the
disciplines (over 23 million watched Torvill and Dean’s free
programme at the 1994 Olympics.
Synchronized skating –
Teams of skaters move in unison using intricate footwork,
circles, lines, blocks intersection and wheels wearing
sophisticated costumes to extremely entertaining routines.
Caberet on ice
Short Track Speed Skating –
Racing at speeds in excess of 30mph around a 11metre oval
with turns taken at extreme angles creating a highly charged
atmosphere for both competitors and spectators. Speed
skaters are some of the fittest athletes in any sport. Short
track speed is in receipt of World Class Lottery funding
enabling both our Development and Elite athletes to train on
a full time basis.
Ice skating is an excellent
product. A sport that is clean, healthy, drug and violence
free that combines artistry, gymnastics, athletics,
aerobics, ballet and ballroom dancing.
- Pathway grassroots skating programme to encourage
young people to participate in the sport of ice-skating.
- Ten skill levels
- Taught by NISA qualified NCCP coaches
- Programme emphasises fun and continuous movement and
coached in a group format.
- Encourage and identify ‘Talented Skaters’ so that
they are fast tracked through to the NISA system of
- Product formally launched January 2002
- As at the end of November 2002:
- 38 Ice Arenas were delivering the programme (62% of
all arenas in the UK)
- 18,000 individual certificates have been issued
- 25,200 individual woven badges have been issued
- Ambassador for the programme: Robin Cousins MBE
- Skate UK conduit to Ice Hockey
Franchise operation with the
rinks for Skate UK
Local, regional, national
competitions between Skate UK participants
Ambassador programme to be
Introduction of Skate UK into
temporary ice and plastic arenas. Particularly around
Christmas time (eg Somerset House, Cardiff, Edinburgh).
NB: Members may participate in
more than one discipline.
On a National basis, more women
(21.9%) than men (6.4%) enjoy watching Ice Skating on TV.
NISA has over 4,000* members in
There are currently 61 ice arenas in the UK that attract an
average 11m visit per year (approximately 2.5 million
Currently approximately 45,000
Learn to Skate programmes are delivered per year. The
majority of whom are below the age of 12. Of this figure
30,000 are NISA Skate UK courses giving access to an
additional 60,000 consumers.
NISA has two National Ice
Nottingham – opened 2001 at a
cost of approximately £40 million with £23 million Lottery
Sheffield – opened May 2003 at a cost of approximately £20
million with £13 million lottery funds
NISA has access to over 400
qualified coaches and 280 ISU recognised judges/referees.
- Over 80% participation by females under the age of
- Clean, healthy, drug free sport
- Quality, professional learn to Skate programme
delivered by NCCP accredited coaches
- Direct access to over 4,000 individuals
- Direct access (via authorised rinks) to 30,000
- Indirect access to a further 60,000 individuals
- Ideal fit with Ice Hockey to provide a package of
ice sports promotional opportunities to interested
Visit our website: The
National Ice Skating Association.