I mentioned in my last post a skating group in Nottingham called The Nottingham Skaters. So this post will be dedicated to talking about my first skate with them (and only one so far! since I haven’t found the time since).
The skaters meet at Old Market Square every Tuesday night (weather permitting) near the tram stops in front of the clock tower and the skate commences at 20:00 (officially on the last stroke of the clock bell). Two people act as marshals in high visibility vests, with one leading the skating group and one flagging behind the group. Overall, the skate lasts 3 hours at a leisurely pace (or faster depending on whether the leader is feeling kind!) and ends at a pub in the city centre for a well earned break.
It is recommended that you know how to stop, turn and mount/unmount curbs effectively to take part in a TNS and be a general confident skater. Protective gear, drinks, and warm clothing in colder months, and torches/flash lights are advisable.
There is a dedicated Facebook group page for anyone who wants to join and keep up to date with whether the weather is good enough for a skate! Although they are a separate group, experienced BladeSoc skaters often join The Nottingham Skaters for this Tuesday night skate!
The majority of the event posts I’ve written (in fact all) so far have mentioned BladeSoc, so I thought I’d explain a bit about BladeSoc and why it’s so great.
BladeSoc is my university’s rollerblading society (or maybe its ex-university since I am now a graduate!). They organise weekly skating sessions (Saturdays 13:00-16:00- indoors and outdoors dependent on weather), Hockey sessions (Wednesdays 19:00 – 21:00), and Slalom sessions (Sundays 20:00 – 22:00). (Though these times may change- check their SU page for up-to-date information!) They even provide the skates and pads to hire each session for free, or offer year long hiring for a small cost. As with all societies, there is a membership joining fee but at £6 for the whole year you can’t really complain!
Outside of the weekly sessions, one-off skating events are also held such as a slalom competition, ice skating, Ice Hockey Varsity, and an end of exams rollerdisco! (As well as the events I have already written about- London Santa Skate, Preston Roller Marathon, and Le Mans 24hr Roller). Non-skating events are also held such as bar crawl socials, themed club socials, picnics, treasure hunts (to name a few). They also team up with the local skating group “The Nottingham Skaters” on Tuesdays to skate around the city!
BladeSoc is the friendliest society I had the pleasure of joining, and it was a privilege to have served as a member of the committee during my final year (I definitely recommend joining the committee for a society or activity you love!). Not only has it allowed my skating skills to advance, I’ve made a huge bunch of friends along the way, found through our love of skating!
I joined the society in late January 2014 and it is were my skating adventure began.