Tools & Colour Coding
|YELLOW||MIDDLE OF FOOT|
|ORANGE||OUTSIDE OF ANKLE|
|GREEN||INSIDE OF ANKLE|
|PURPLE||BALL OF FOOT|
What Makes Skate Excellence Different
For nearly 20 years people in the UK have been taught to skate pretty much the same way. The format used by the majority of coaches in the UK and prescribed by the National Governing Body, has been inherited from the USA and Canada. Most of that original structure has long since changed in those countries and other countries across the world, but not in the UK. Learning a sport must be fun, and supported by a team of specialists who can help and advise coaches and skaters on their development. For many young people and adults, that’s about building confidence and enjoying the fantastic art of skating….whether it be on the ice…..or off. Many top skating coaches acknowledge that the format for teaching people to skate in the UK needs to change….it just hasn’t….well, until now.
A Bit Of History…
Karen Coombes has been an ice skater since she was 8 years old, turning professional and performing in numerous ice shows. Over the years she was concerned to see the decline in the number of ice rinks around the country and knew she had to do something to keep the thrills, skills and experience of ice skating alive forever!
Working with Karen O’Neill at a large London leisure centre, ‘the Karens’ started to develop a skate which would enable you to experience everything you normally do on ice – but without ice!
In 2006 ‘Dancing on Ice’ started on TV and there was a nationwide resurgence in people wanting to get on the ice – but where could they go? So for the next couple of years, ‘the Karens’ worked on perfecting an inline skate which would mimic an ice skate and in time the ‘Off-Ice Skate’ was born!
The ‘Learn to Skate’ scheme known as Skate Excellence was born out of addressing the issues many new skaters have in learning to ice skate. When ‘the Karens’ decided to launch the off ice skating boot they also launched a totally new, patented, ‘Learn to Skate’ program, that would bring fun back to learning to skate, as well as addressing technical issues with the current format…Skate Excellence has been recognised by the leading brands in ice skating here in the UK, many off ice skating clubs use it too.
Skate Excellence Award Scheme
The Skate Excellence Program has 2 different award schemes:
The Skate Family
The Skate Family age range is from 5-11yrs, and has eight different characters to represent each grade.
The characters are named after skating elements so that the new skater becomes familiar with the skating terminology. Their names are – Sebastian Steps, Sinitta Skates, Tanisha Turns, Josh Jumps, Elliot Edge, Arty Tistic, Sally Sequence and Saffy Spins. These characters are featured on the children’s certificates and badges to encourage continued interest and motivation.
Excel is aimed at 12yrs and above, the award scheme has a more mature look to cater for its older audience.
Skate Excellence Grading
|GRADE 1||TOOLS FOR THE JOB|
|GRADE 2||SKATING FOWARD|
|GRADE 3||SKATING FORWARD IN A CIRCLE|
|GRADE 4||SKATING BACKWARDS IN A STRAIGHT LINE|
|GRADE 5||SKATING BACKWARDS IN A CIRCLE|
|GRADE 6||CROSSOVERS AND TURNS|
|GRADE 7||PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER SKATING FROWARDS|
|GRADE 8||PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER SKATING BACKWARDS|