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Hundreds of skaters learn from the best at two day development camp

On 24th and 25th October, over 130 young figure skaters took part in a development camp at the University of Lincoln’s School of Sport & Exercise Science.

The weekend was a follow on from the first development camp back in July, and gave the skaters the chance to gain further knowledge in the areas of nutrition, psychology, and performance. It also provided the opportunity for fitness testing in areas such as flexibility and jumping.

Skaters taking part in the bleep test
Skaters taking part in the bleep test

With skaters in the development squad ranging in age, from seven to 15, the camp helps them to take their skating to the next level, learning vital skills to support this in a healthy and balanced way.

Hosted at the University of Lincoln, the camp made use of sport and exercise science experts including Senior Lecturer in Sport Science, Dr Sandy Willmott. Whilst the university offered expertise in areas of fitness, sport psychology and nutrition; NISA enlisted the help of Choreographer Mark Naylor and Off Ice Specialist Kelly Buddery to support the skaters through performance, choreography and Pilates sessions.

Mia and Peter performing for Mark Naylor and audience

Speaking about the weekend, NISA Development Director David Hartley said;

“It was great to see so many attend the camp. The aim was to make high quality, relevant information available to all of the skaters, and I believe this was achieved. I look forward to seeing the skaters again at our next camp.”

As a part of NISA’s work with their skaters, they will continue to run camps for both the development and performance squads in universities around the country. For more information on future development camps stay tuned with the NISA development page.


26th October 2015