ICE skating sessions exclusively for youngsters and adults with autism or additional needs have been launched in the Arena at intu Braehead.


The sessions, every Saturday between 10am and 11am don’t have loud music playing, nor are there bright lights in the rink.

Arena operations manager, Lauren Little said: “Everyone should be able to enjoy skating, as it a very social activity, as well as being good for your health, fitness and general well-being.

“We decided to introduce the special inclusive skating sessions to make sure even if they prefer quiet and calm, they still get the chance to enjoy going skating.

“Anyone who is autistic, or has additional needs has to be accompanied on the ice by a responsible adult, but this is an ideal for a whole family to spend time together on the ice.

“And during the sessions we will have experienced ice stewards on hand to help people get started if they have never skated before.”

The introduction of the special skating sessions has been welcomed by Inclusive Skating charity, which works to encourage everyone – even if they have an impairment – to enjoy skating and compete in the sports.

Margarita Sweeney-Baird is the founder and driving force behind Inclusive Skating and is a former Scottish ladies champion and qualified skating coach.

She said: We’re delighted to welcome this new quiet session for skaters with additional needs.
“Families and carers are included too so everyone can enjoy some precious time together and get active too. The Arena at intu Braehead is the home of the annual Inclusive Skating flagship event, so this new weekly session is extra special for us.”

Admission is £8.50, including skate hire for a skater and one supervising adult or £7.50 if booked online in advance.

Additional skaters cost £3.00, including skate hire, or £2.50 if booked online in advance.
Log on to www.braehead-arena.co.uk for more information and online booking.