Schools Get Creative in penguin makeover!

A new initiative has seen iceSheffield’s learn to skate penguins get a makeover courtesy of local schools.

A new initiative we have been working on has seen our learn to skate penguins at iceSheffield get a makeover courtesy of local schools!

Our fabulous penguins, which are used by the public as a skating aid at iceSheffield, enable beginners to test out the ice and find their feet before having a go alone. They have been at the rink for a while now and after lots of trips and bumps were in desperate need of a repaint!

As part of our Programme and Development Team's community outreach work we engaged with local schools and got them involved in redesigning the penguins and painting them, as well as giving each one a name and personality alongside their likes and dislikes.

David Bly, our Sports Programme and Engagement Manager said, “We’ve had a fantastic response to this project and have been thrilled to see such enthusiasm from all the schools taking part.

“It gives the children a chance to get creative and messy with paint and also write their penguin’s story using their imaginations to bring them to life.”

Around 50 penguins were distributed to local schools to be re painted from their original black and white colours to however the children and teachers desired.

Andrea Hughes, Year 5 class teacher at Concord Junior School said, “This has been a thoroughly enjoyable activity to be involved with. Children of Concord Junior School have been so enthusiastic in taking part and the response has been incredible!

“They are bursting with pride that one of their designs is going to represent Concord Junior School and Brigantia Learning Trust!”

The school held a competition and nine-year-old Bradley Law came up with the winning design. Bradley said. “I’m really pleased and excited that my design won! I based it on ice hockey because it's my favourite sport. I cannot wait to see my penguin when I come to Ice Sheffield to skate!"

The waddle of penguins is now back at iceSheffield ready to burst back out onto the ice and aid many youngsters and adults master this fantastic popular sport. Each penguin is now also armed with a QR code which you scan with your mobile phone to discover your penguins name and more about him or her!

Click the button below to meet the penguins for yourself which are available at iceSheffield now!