Bracknell Ice Skating CLub

BISC - Newsletter March 2006

Bracknell Ice Skating Club Newsletter - March 2006



Anyone successfully completing a level of the NISA Passport, whether bronze, silver or gold, is asked to let Scott Waller know so that the BISC test chart and club membership details can be updated. See foot of page for details on how to contact Scott.

Best wishes

BISC wishes a speedy recovery to Tamsyn Pack from the illness which has kept her off the ice for several weeks.


BISC congratulates Michelle Bannister on passing her NISA Level 9 and 10 free dance tests at Slough on February 14.

Social activities

Following the enormous success of the barn dance in February, and in response to requests from many members for a repeat, BISC is planning to hold another dance at the same venue and with the same band in the autumn. The Farley Wood Community Centre (close to the rink) has been booked provisionally for November 11 so please pencil the date in your diary now.

Meanwhile 46 members have signed-up for the coach trip to see Snow White on Ice at the New Theatre, Oxford, on May 11 and the committee will be looking to book similar trips to professional skating shows. Please watch the club noticeboard for details.

Off-ice classes

A new term of classes in both pilates and ballet and ballroom/Latin style dancing will be starting next month.

These subsidised classes are adapted to the needs of ice skaters and designed to help boost interpretation, presentation and components marks. The pilates and ballet classes are held in the training room from 9.10-11am on Saturdays and cost just £3 a session while the dance classes are held in the hospitality suite from 8.45-9.45am on Sundays and cost just £2 a session. Classes must be booked and paid for half-termly in advance at the club table. Anyone who wants to join should put their name on the waiting list at the table by April 15.

Club Table

Don't forget that, thanks to Toni Barrett and Allison Brown, the club table is now open from 9am-1pm on Saturdays as well as during club time on Tuesdays on the far side of the rink near the AV room. As well as selling club merchandise, the table has details about Open competitions and a wide range of information about BISC and ice skating.

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.

Help For Skaters

A new dance class, suitable for skaters, has started in Crowthorne. It is run by an experienced teacher and co-owner of a group of dance and theatre schools whose partner used to teach BISC’s successful dance fitness class at the rink. For further details, pick up a leaflet from the club table.

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

3: Solo dance qualifier, Solihull
15-16: Solo dance qualifier & Open, Dumfries
24-28: Bracknell Open (solo dance qualifier and free).
29: NISA Cup Final, Lea Valley

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: 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
8-9: Hull Open
22-23: Solo Dance Championships, IceSheffield

26-27: Ayr Open
28-Sep3: NJS Open at IceSheffield

3: Bristol Open
4: Swindon Open
30-Oct1: Adult Championships Lea Valley
30-Oct1: Dundee Open

2-3 Streatham Open
9-11: Alexandra Palace Open
14-20: NJS Open, Dumfries

20-24: NJS Open, Deeside

9-13: British Championship, Nottingham

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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