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24 August 2017

Ice Skating Youth Flock to Sheffield as New Competition Closes Out August in Style

Inspired to the recent success of CBBC Ice Stars, a televised documentary series which follows a group of determined young skaters as they navigate the highs and lows that come with attempting to break into such a competitive sporting industry, a brand new competition is headed to Sheffield with the aim of  introducing young skaters to competition within the National Ice Skating Association, which serves as the national governing body for ice skating in the UK.

The Young Stars 2017 event and competition is scheduled to take place from August 29-31 at iceSheffield and will be open to skaters between the ages of 5 and 22. Approximately 160 skaters are expected to take part.

The event is rather well timed, as Ice Stars returned this week for its third series and athletes and fans alike are beginning to build in excitement over the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, substantially increasing interest in the sport on a national scale.

The event, run by the National Ice Skating Association, will include various activities taking place over the three-day period, such as master classes taught by fully-qualified and widely-experienced professional coaches with the intention of teaching the youngsters about basic skating techniques, fitness, and skating equipment. A number of competitive categories will be run over the course of the event with podium-place medals up for grabs for participants; additional ‘Spot Prizes’ will also be given to those who display creativity with the most engaging routines.

National Ice Skating Association Events Coordinator Kirstie Robinson said of the upcoming event, “We’re very excited to be running Young Stars, the first event of its kind.”

Families and spectators can purchase tickets on the door at the price of £5 with concession prices for children. The aforementioned classes are free to all competitors.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for the written word. Currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor, his time at many UK festivals has taught him the importance of keeping warm.