First-class skating facilities are n-ice

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A Cumbernauld youngster is one of many young people who is taking advantage of the UK’s first full inclusive skating club for people with disabilities and their families.

Angus Wray (7) recently attended a session the club was hosting at The Time Capsule with dad David.

The skating sessions allow families of disabled skaters to join them on the ice, receive coaching and with the help volunteers, build their skating skills.

Following the re-opening of the ice rink in December, the Coatbridge attraction received £300,000 in lottery funding which helped contribute towards the setting up of the skating club.

The lottery funding was used to help replace and enlarge the ice rink, install a brand new audio visual sound system, improve the surroundings and refurbish the changing and toilet facilities.

Former ladies skating champion Margarita Sweeney-Baird, who is head of Impaired Skating, said: “Thanks to the support of North Lanarkshire Leisure the club is proving to be really popular with the local community and beyond.

“It gives children with disabilities, along with their families and friends, the chance to take part in ice sports as a physical activity.

“What makes this activity unique for the disabled community is that the whole family can take part. I am excited for the future of this programme and the benefits it can bring.”

To find out more about the inclusive skating club phone: 01236 449572.