Bracknell Ice Skating CLub

BISC - Newsletter February 2006

Bracknell Ice Skating Club Newsletter - February 2006



BISC is introducing a Mentoring (Buddy) scheme in a bid to make the club more welcoming to new members, provide members with all available information and introduce them to skaters of a similar age and ability.

They will also be a point of contact for the new member if they have any queries about anything relating to the club, ensure they are kept up to date with any changes to club activities, and encourage them to renew their membership at the end of the year!

A co-ordinator has been found to organise the scheme and the committee is in the process of selecting girls and boys and adults to be Buddies and Mentors. Further details will be publicised once the scheme gets going.

Junior Rep

The BISC committee is seeking a junior representative to serve as a liaison between the club's younger members and the committee which meets at 7pm on a weekday about once every six weeks. The junior rep would also be expected to help organise games at the summer Fun Night and New Year's Party, etc. Anyone aged up to 18 who might be interested in this role (which looks good on your CV) should have a word with any committee member or leave a note at reception for club chairman Roy Welham.

Social Events

A very few tickets are still available for the coach trip to see The Russian Ice Stars in Snow White on Ice at The New Theatre, Oxford, at 5pm on Sunday, May 7. BISC has been able to get £21.50 seats for less than £16. The cost, including coach, is £22.50.The coach will leave the rink at 3.30pm and should return about 9pm. Anyone interested should sign-up on the club noticeboard and leave payment at rink reception (see details on board). Anyone who has already signed but hasn't paid, should leave payment at reception by March 11.

Although everyone who attended the BISC barn dance on February 18 had a super time - and some have already asked when the next one will be - the committee is concerned that many more people did not attend. It will decide at its next meeting whether to go ahead with more social events or to just organise trips to professional skating shows. Please let committee members know whether or not you would attend the proposed quiz night on May 20 and family fun day/barbeque on July 15.

Open Helpers

The club's annual Open is again looming fast but it can't go ahead without commitment from a large team of helpers. Volunteers are needed for a wide range of jobs on each day of the five-day event which runs from April 24-28. In addition to people to record scores and help in the marking room, helpers are needed to act as gate stewards, to man the registration/information and sales tables, to help with music in the AV room plus many more roles.

You do not need to be a committee member or even have a great knowledge of skating as training will be given where necessary and there will be a written brief for almost every job.

Please diary the dates now and be prepared to give at least a half-day of your time to ensure our club members have an Open they can be proud of and that the BISC Open remains one of the biggest and best in the country.


The club runs an email mailing service designed to keep members informed of the latest events and changes to club ice times. If you would like your email address added to this list please send a mail to with subject 'Add To Newsflash' and the body containing the email address to be added.

Photo Permits

If you are under 16, the club cannot submit photos of you to the local newspapers or publish them on the club website unless you have filled in a photo permit form obtainable from the club table or from the website.

Videos & DVDs

The club’s collection of ISU videos and DVDs, designed to help skaters to improve their elements, is proving very popular.

For a £5 deposit for each video or DVD, they can be borrowed free of charge for a week from the club table on Wednesdays although there may be a waiting list.

The titles are: How to Spin; How to Jump – axel, salchow, and loop; How to Jump – flip, toe loop, lutz; and Pairs. Each has sections about each jump/spin including history, technique, errors, corrections and skaters comments.

Have you paid?

Don't forget that anyone who skates on club ice on Wednesdays must pay at reception for each part of the session they skate on-ie, 6.15-6.45pm, 6.45-7.30pm and 7.30-8pm.

Tickets must be handed to the duty committee member at the gate before going on the ice at the start of each session.

Copies of BISC News with colour photographs are now available, priced £1. Members can still get black and white copies free as part of their membership.

Diary Dates

27-28: Solo dance qualifier, Alexandra Palace

6: Romford Open
6-12: World Junior Championships, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
13-14: Bradford Open. NISA Cup
15: Bristol Open
18-19: Scottish NISA Cup 20-26: World Championships, Calgary, Canada.
26: Welsh NISA Cup

3: Solo dance qualifier, Solihull
15-16: Solo dance qualifier & Open, Dumfries
24-28: Bracknell Open (solo dance qualifier and free).

1-2: Solo dance qualifier, iceSheffield
7: BISC coach trip to Snow White on Ice
7: Solo dance qualifier, Deeside
12-14: Dundonald Open
12-14: Blackpool Open
14: Inter Club Artistic Competition, Bracknell
19: Oxford Open
21-22: NISA Cup Final at Lee Valley Open
23: Gillingham Open

5-7: Milton Keynes Open
24-25: Deeside Open
25: National Team Challenge Final, Bracknell
26-28: Basingstoke Open
29-30: Bracknell Adult Open.

3-5: Guildford Open
22-23: Solo Dance Championships, IceSheffield

29: NJS Open at IceSheffield

25: Swindon Open

3: Streatham Open
9-11: Alexandra Palace Open

BISC News can only include details about how members are doing if it hears from them. Please make sure you keep the club informed by telling publicity officer, Scott Waller, about your achievements. You can do this by talking to Scott at the rink or by leaving a note for her either at the club table or rink reception.

Bracknell Ice Skating Club supports SKATING FOR ALL

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