The Time Capsule

Ice Skating Lessons

Skating Lessons - Want to Give it a Try.....

Get in early as it's Very Popular......

They are available on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings 6pm - 6.30pm and 7pm - 7.30pm.


Block of 10 half hour lessons, 1 lesson per week £64 per block paid direct debit


From age 5 to Adult lessons.  Qualified coaches are out on the Ice giving lessons.


From Beginners to Advanced levels.



Teach the wee ones from a young age all the fun and skills of how to skate with the aid of our little 'Penguin' helpers.  Bob Skates, Helmets and Penguin Aids are all included as part of the lesson package. 

Classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays 4.45pm - 5.15pm at a cost of £3.30 per lesson.  Please fill out a form below or speak to Reception on 01236 449572.


It is never too late to learn how to ice skate. We provide lessons for all ages.

Lessons cost £6.60 per lesson. Speak to Reception on 01236 449572 for more info and to book your lesson.



Start at Level 1 and beginners can progress to Skate UK Gold

The Ten Stages of SKATE UK's Learn to Skate Program

 Level 1

  • Sit and Stand on the ice
  • Moving Forward (Basic Skating)
  • Two-Foot Glide and Dip
  • Stepping Around on the Spot

 Level 2

  • Moving Backward
  • ½ Snowplough or Full Snowplough Stop
  • Forward Skating
  • Two-Foot Glide on a Curve

 Level 3

  • Forward One-Foot Glide (straight line)
  • Two-Foot Jump Skating Forward
  • Forward & backward Sculling
  • One-Foot Glide on a Curve – Inside Edge (L & R)

 Level 4

  • One-Foot Glide on a Curve – Outside Edge (L & R)
  • Backward Skating and a Two-Foot Glide
  • Skating Forward and Turning to Backward (vice-versa)
  • Continuous Forward Chassés around a Circle

 Level 5

  • Forward Crossovers in both Directions
  • Backward Snowplough Stop
  • Backward One-Foot Glide
  • Two-Foot Spin (one revolution)

Level 6

  • Continuous Backward Chassés around Circle
  • Forward Two-Foot Slalom
  • Forward Outside 3-Turn
  • Backward Skating – Stepping Forward in both Directions

 Level 7

  • Backward Crossovers in both Directions
  • Forward Inside Three-Turn
  • Continuous Forward Outside Curves
  • Continuous Forward Inside Curves

 Level 8

  • Forward Inside Mohawk (L & R)
  • Two Backward Crossovers followed by Sustained Backward
    Outside Curve for a count of 3
  • Two-Foot Change on Edge on a large Curve
  • Forward Drag

 Level 9

  • Forward Beginner Cross-rolls
  • Bunny Hop
  • Backward Edges (both Feet & both Edges)
  • Two Backward Crossovers followed by Sustained Backward
    Inside Curve for a count of 3

Level 10

  • Forward Crossovers in a Figure Eight Pattern
  • Backward Crossovers in a Figure Eight Pattern
  • Two-Glide in a Spiralling Curve
  • Simple Step Sequence


Sinead pops in to skate with our kids...




Sinead with regular coach Gemma Stark and the TC kids: Jacqueline Goddall,

Jodie Brown, Zara Lynn, Imogen Gibbons & Megan Carroll.



Sinead and her brother John Kerr are the seven-time British Ice Dance Champions from Scotland and they won Great Britain bronze medals at the European Championships in 2009 and 2011, coming 5th in the World Championships in 2010. They are the only British ice dancers ever to medal at Grand Prix events and gain a place in the Grand Prix final. The two-time Olympians represented GBR at the 2010 Olympics in Canada and placed 8th.

Sinead came to Coatbridge on Tuesday  2nd April to work with some of our kids while she was back in Scotland on holiday. All the kids are currently training for this seasons competitions throughout the UK.

Sinead is planning on coming back to The Time Capsule to train with more of our skaters during the summer months.


Coach Gemma Stark alongside Sinead has been coaching at The Time Capsule since 2006 and teach skaters from their first steps on the ice through to national competition level.

Jacqueline, Zara & Jodie train with another of our resident coaches Fiona McGiff while Imogen & Megan are coached by Gemma.


As well as on ice training, the kids also do lots of off ice training to ensure high levels of fitness & flexibility.

Figure Skating



Olympic figure skaters wear boots that are custom-made for each foot and heavily reinforced with thick, stiff leather interiors and extra ankle bracing.


Boot tongue

Figure skates are made with wide tongues, with rubber or sponge padding for flexibility. Skates should be tied tightly to afford maximum control.



A modern blade has a very slight curve, equal to the radius of 180-220 cm. The blade is sharpened to produce a flat or concave cross section. To maintain a sharp edge, the bottom quarter inch of the blade is made from time-tempered steel. The "sweet spot" of the blade is below the ball of the foot.



Skating boots originally were street boots, and heels have always been part of the look. Different figure skaters prefer different size heel - ice dancers often wear high heels, which push their body weight forward onto the balls of their feet for deeper edges and better control of quick steps and changes of direction.



The groove down the middle of the bottom of a figure skate blade is called the hollow. Finely ground edges on either side of the hollow provide control and speed. The depth of the hollow varies depending on the skater's event, weight and style.


Toe picks

Teeth cut into the toe of the blade are used for pushing off in jumps and as the pivot point during spins.



Figure skating has developed from a practical way to get around on ice into the elegant mix of art and sport it is today.


Early pioneers

The Dutch were arguably the earliest pioneers of skating. They began using canals to maintain communication by skating from village to village as far back as the 13th century. Skating eventually spread across the channel to England, and soon the first clubs and artificial rinks began to form. Passionate skaters included several kings of England, Marie Antoinette, Napoleon III and German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


Steel & Ballet

Two Americans are responsible for the major developments in the history of the sport. In 1850, Edward Bushnell of Philadelphia revolutionised skating when he introduced steel-bladed skates allowing complex manoeuvres and turns. Jackson Haines, a ballet master living in Vienna in the 1860s, added elements of ballet and dance to give the sport its grace.


Oldest sport

Figure skating is the oldest sport on the Olympic Winter Games programme. It was contested at the 1908 London Games and again in 1920 in Antwerp. Men’s, women’s, and pairs were the three events contested until 1972. Since 1976, ice dancing has been the fourth event in the programme, proving a great success.


Hollywood star

Sonja Henie made her Olympic debut in Chamonix in 1924, aged just 11, and was so nervous she had to ask her coach what to do midway through her routines. However, she won gold in the next three Olympic Games and developed a huge legion of fans. She later moved into films, where she greatly increased the popularity of her sport.