SWINDON Link Leisure will be the beneficiary of a new UK skate course after the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) announced they will be working alongside Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) to give skaters a chance to work with NISA- qualified instructors on the rink.

GLL are a charitable social enterprise, running more than 170 sport and leisure facilities and libraries on behalf of local authorities in London and elsewhere in England.

They are the largest operator of accessible sports and leisure centres in the UK, and will now be working in partnership with national governing body for ice skating, NISA.

This means skaters at Link Leisure Centre, Swindon will be able to enrol on to the Skate UK 1-8 programme – a key course for young talent looking to begin a career in ice skating.

The lessons combine fun with learning, enabling skaters to gain fundamental skills through eight developmental stages.

Clive Seabrook, ice rink manager at the Link Centre, said: “We’re delighted to launch a brand new Learn to Skate programme at our ice rink and work alongside national governing body, NISA.

“As of September the ice rink will transfer to the Skate UK 1-8 programme.

"We’re confident even more skaters will sign up and learn brand new skills alongside some of the best NISA qualified instructors, including four-times British Senior pairs champion Andrew Seabrook, and dual British champion Zoe Wood.”