We were thrilled to give over four hundred lucky school children a special treat this week as we invited them to watch international figure skating stars from around the globe in their first practice session at iceSheffield.
The International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating, MK John Wilson Trophy is being hosted at iceSheffield this week and is the first time the competition has been held in the UK. It’s a huge honour for Sheffield to host the competition as it is the biggest figure skating event to be held in the UK since 2012, when iceSheffield hosted the European Figure Skating Championships, and sets the stage for the 2023 European and World Championships.
Shaun Lough, our General Manager at iceSheffield said: “We are absolutely honoured to be hosting this prestigious competition on its first visit to the UK, to put it into context, if you’re a football fan it’s almost like hosting the World Cup!
“It’s fabulous to have the best figure skaters from around the globe coming to iceSheffield and we wanted to give something back to the local community and enable some of our younger generation to witness the event first-hand.
“It is a great opportunity for the children to watch some of the world’s top figure skaters in action and we hope that this experience is something they will remember forever and hopefully will inspire some of our young audience to follow in their footsteps.”
Bents Green School, which provides specialist education for young people aged 11-19 with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Communication and Interaction difficulties, were one of the lucky schools in attendance and the pupils had a whale of a time.
When asked what the best part was, 13-year-old Nimo said; “I loved it when they were doing the spins!” Connor also 13 added; “The music, I loved it all!” followed by Tyler, age 13 who commented: “The skills that the ice skaters were doing!”
The children certainly had a great time and this weekend’s event will see six British skaters compete including Luke Digby who grew up in Sheffield and won his first British Championship with partner Anastasia Vaipan-Law at iceSheffield.