From this academic year Nottingham Trent University will finally have its own Ice-Skating Society, a perfect fit for a university in the city home to the National Ice Centre.
The society was launched by Emma Scott, 21, a second year Graphic Design student at NTU and Ell Fox who is a first year Fine Art student.
Emma is the societies president and Ell is the societies social secretary. They came up for the idea of an Ice-Skating Society at NTU at 5am in McDonalds after a 4am skate in the National Ice Centre.
Emma said: “We had been thinking about it for a while as we were both attending the University of Nottingham Ice Society sessions and felt that Trent students should also have access to skating lessons and ice time for cheaper.”
The society already has a few members, and they are hoping to have their first online social in October to make sure that everyone who has joined and wants to join can get to know each other.
They also have a few other online socials organised, such as quiz nights and work out classes. But when it is safe to do so the society are also planning on running after-skate drinks and meals, visits to the roller rink and more.
Emma said: “We are currently working out the logistics of running skating sessions under these difficult circumstances.
“We cannot say for sure when we will be able to get onto the ice, but we will be keeping our social media updated regularly and widely advertising it when we know.”
UoN Ice Society have agreed to offer NTU ice skating society members discounted prices on skating lessons in the sessions they regularly run.
However this will only be temporary until the NTU society are confident enough to run their own sessions and can pay for ice time and coaches.
Emma said: “I’m very excited to be heading this new society and spreading the love that I feel for this sport to others at NTU.
She added: “I thought I wasn’t athletic and brave enough when I started; it is terrifying trying something new, but I think that skating is a great way to challenge yourself.
“We want to encourage people to give it a try even if it’s not something they would normally attempt more than once a year at Christmas.”
If you are interested in joining the NTU Ice Skating Society their membership is now open on the NTSU’s website.
By Laycie Beck
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