Slough Ice Arena has launched new skating sessions in a bid to make the sport more inclusive.

The arena – which is managed by Everyone Active in partnership with Slough Borough Council – has teamed up with British Ice Skating to introduce a new ‘Learn to Skate’ programme.

With the aim of creating a more inclusive pathway into ice skating, the new programme will be open to individuals who experience challenges progressing in standard skating courses, which may be due to a disability, impairment or health condition.

Each class will be led by an experienced coach and include no more than 10 learners at a time. 

Slough Ice Arena is also introducing casual ice skating sessions designed with inclusivity in mind. To create a more calming environment, music will be turned off during the sessions and capacity will be limited.

Luke Routhorn, contract manager at Everyone Active, said: “Ice skating is a fantastic sport that everyone should be able to enjoy. However, we understand that a typical ice rink environment can be uncomfortable or challenging for some, particularly if you are neurodivergent, have a disability, or live with a health condition."

The Learn to Skate sessions run every Thursday from 4.30pm until 5pm, while the weekly casual sessions are every Monday from 10.30am until 11.30am.