Winter has finally started, so skating fun can start!Winter has finally started, so skating fun can start!

Small ice rinks can already be found at different squares.

Skating is good for motor skills, endurance and provides a better sense of balance. With a little luck we can get our skates out of storage and make a round on natural ice. If there is no natural ice, luckily, there are 24 ice rinks in the Netherlands, where during the skating season (early October to early March), ice skating lessons are given. There are several types of ice skating lessons ranging from 1 time per week to an intensive daily lesson during school holidays.
From the age of 4/5 it is possible to make your son or daughter a member of a skating school or association. When it comes to skating lessons for beginners usually games are done on the ice. If your son or daughter has more experience, they will work on their technique.
From 7 years, it is possible to participate in competitions.

What’s the difference between a skating school and an association?

At a skating school lessons are given by professional instructors. There are requirements for different levels and the instructors have all the necessary qualifications. An association usually work with volunteers. They have the necessary qualifications as well, but because they often have another job during the day, the classes are in the evening or on weekends.

Which skate and where can you look further?

• Is your child going skating for the first time? Then the cheapest, decent choice are Easy Gliders by Zandstra, a modern variant of the Frisian “doorloper”. These will be good for a few shoe sizes. With boots or shoes on your child learns how to skates.
• Also good to start the “Combinoren”. More expensive to buy, but also last a few shoe sizes, and are comfortable when skating. The disadvantage of this skate is that the skating technique is learned less well.
• Inform yourself well, preferably in a real skate shop. At each rink a specialty store is usually present, where they rent skates or where you can lease a pair for a whole season.
• Figure skates are discouraged for normal skating. The blades of these skates are rounded and therefore children who are not accustomed to these can easily fall backwards.
• Perhaps an exaggeration to appoint, but make sure the skates fit.
• If your child skates in oversized shoes with thick socks ( to compensate for the extra space) he / she gets blisters faster. This is because he or she feels absolutely nothing the foot shifting in the shoe.
• Laces are forcibly pulled too tight, causing the blood vessels in the feet to partially compressed with cold feet as a result. Rather take skates that are one size smaller than the normal size.
• A good skate shoe has a reinforcement in the heel and arch support. To check whether the fit is good, the shoe must stay on the foot without the laces being tightened.
• Not all skates leave the store sharpened. Please note this! It’s not comfortable skating on blunted ice skates !

Enjoy your skating!