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National Ice Centre in Nottingham is backing a campaign to get people moving for mental health in partnership with Nottinghamshire Mind





An ice centre announced weekly Social-Ice following the national Mental Health Awareness Week.

The national campaign is advocating for moving more for mental health, which led to the introduction of the cafe run at Nottingham national ice centre in partnership with Nottinghamshire Mind.

The project follows the national week from May 13 to May 19, with public sessions running every day from Friday (May 24) to Sunday (June 2).

May half term - disco sessions
May half term - disco sessions

Robyn Pedley, National Ice Centre, said: “With exam season in full swing, the May half term can be an anxious time for teenagers coping with revision stress, and it’s now widely accepted that regular breaks and physical activity can be very helpful in dealing with the pressure.

“Our daily public skating sessions are the ideal opportunity to let off some steam, with the switch of focus needed to get on the ice providing the perfect antidote to revision burnout.”

The different sessions include ice-skating for parents and children, ice hockey clinics, intensive lessons, the popular Friday night disco and a family disco on Saturday afternoons as well as extra public skating at the weekends.

Public Skating
Public Skating
Space Themed Disco
Space Themed Disco

The Mental Health Foundation says: “One of the most important things we can do to help protect our mental health is regular movement.

“Our bodies and our minds are connected. Looking after ourselves physically also helps us prevent problems with our mental health.

“Movement is a great way to enhance our wellbeing. Even a short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking can boost our mood and increase our mental alertness and energy.

“Movement helps us feel better about our bodies and improve self-esteem. It can also help reduce stress and anxiety and help us to sleep better.”

Public Skating
Public Skating
May half term at National Ice Centre
May half term at National Ice Centre

A themed fairytale adventure is taking place on Monday (May 27) and is reserved exclusively for parents and their children, pushchairs.

People are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character with storytelling happening at 10.15am, followed by a 30-minute skating session.

On Saturday, May 25, an Outer Space Ice Disco invites families and individuals of all ages and skating abilities.

The 3 day intensive skating course is suitable for anyone working at Levels 1 to 8 looking to power up their skills. Skate hire and a daily public skating session following each lesson is included in the course.



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