AKTIA CHILDREN'S SKATING SCHOOL FOR 3-9 YEAR OLD CHILDREN
Ringette Walapais has been training the skating and ringette for children, girls and women already since 1981 in Vantaa. Being one of the oldest ringette clubs in Finland, Ringette Walapais has long-term traditions in organizing the skating schools in Vantaa.
Learn to skate, meet new friends and come to try girls’ fast ice sport ringette! You will, for sure, learn to skate in our Aktia skating schools in Myyrmäki and Tikkurila!
HOW TO START WITH A NEW SKATING HOBBY?
It is easy to start with a new hobby in the skating school. In Ringette Walapais we have:
Any and all – despite of the level of former skating skills – may register in our skating schools. This includes also children and teenagers who potentially have never before been on the ice, we mean ever. You too are warmly welcome to join in.
Skating school is easy to join
To join to the skating school, you need just an suitable outdoor clothing for exercise in an Ice Hall environment, skates (figure skates are fine in the beginning, too), helmet (a cycling helmet is fine in the beginning, too) and warm gloves.
Be brave and join us! It is easy to join our welcoming group!
WHAT DO WE DO IN THE SKATING SCHOOL?
In the skating school you will learn to skate, gain new friends and get to know girls’ own, joyful and fast-paced ice sport ringette.
You will learn the basic skills of skating in a group, in a playful environment, by the use of different kind of tracks and small games. You will learn to skate, get to know how to handle a ringette stick and how to control a ringette ring.
Skating benefits in many ways
Skating boosts the learning of skills required in sports in a very versatile manner and develops e.g. balance and agility. In the skating school you also learn to interact in a group and take others into account.
We hope that skating and moving on the ice is fun for you. We want you to learn new things and enjoy numerous successes in the skating school. Therefore, it is of utmost importance for us that you want to learn to skate and you feel that it is fun to be in the skating school!
Skating supports growth and development
Physical training has a huge importance for a child’s health and wellbeing. It supports positively the child’s growth and development. As a sport club, we want to support an active lifestyle from the childhood onwards. Our club’s mission is to create the prerequisites and encourage towards lifelong will to move and do sports.
AT WHAT AGE CAN YOU JOIN A SKATING SCHOOL?
All 3-9 year old girls and boys as well as 10-16 year old girls may register for our skating schools – despite of their level of their former skating skills. This may very well be your very first time skating and on ice and it is perfectly fine!
You are definitely not the first one to start skating from zero. Along the years we've had numerous children who have just wanted to come to skating school and then learned how to skate.
The youngest children who have started in the skating school have been three years old. So do not hesitate and just register for the skating school!
During past seasons there have been a group of cheerful 3 to 12 year old children, future ringette players in our two skating schools.
If someone wants to move from the skating school to a ringette team, it is possible. It is up to each child’s own wishes, skills and age. The youngest players in the ringette team are five years old. We are able to provide girls of any age with a team.
For boys we have several good options to choose from, after the skating schools and after the basic skating skills have been learnt. We do fluent co-operation with local and regional Bandy and Ice Hockey Clubs.
FIRST TIME IN A SKATING SCHOOL?
Equipment in a skating school
In the beginning you only need suitable (outdoor) clothing to do sports in an Ice Hall environment, the skates, neck guard and warm gloves – and good mood, too.
You may also use your cycling helmet in the beginning, but we recommend using a hockey helmet with a grill mask typically used when doing sports and playing on ice.
You may also use figure skates in the skating school, but for learning to skate we recommend the skates without sharp angles at the front and with enough support for a child’s ankle. The best skates for learning to skate are the right-sized hockey skates with laces.
Skates that are sharp and of right size
The skates with the right size support ankles and heels. When the toes are lightly touching the tip of the skate, there should be enough room for one finger between the heel and the skate shoe. Do not leave any room for growth! It is also possible to find used, 2nd-hand, good-enough skates. Try always the skates in your child’s feet before acquiring new or used skates.
Parents should ensure that the child’s skates are sharp enough. Both sides of the blade need to be and should feel sharp.
The laces should be rather loose above the toes, tight around the ankle and again loose on top of the skate shoe. It should be possible to put a finger between the shoe and the foot. While the skates are laced up, the child should also be able to squat down so, that the heels won’t rise to the air from the ground.
A neck guard is needed, too. During the very first times in the skating school we may borrow our club’s neck guards, before you buy your own one. During the free trial period (3 sessions) we borrow also a ringette stick. Remember to dress so that it is easy to move on the ice. The ice rink is not so cold, so please do not wear thicker winter clothes.
What if you are a nervous about coming to the skating school for the very first time?
Don’t worry! We don't bite! Just be brave and come to try how it feels to have skates on the ice and use a ringette stick with a ring.
If you wish, on the very first time you can also just come to the side of the ice rink to see what we do in the skating school. That is perfectly fine by us and you are welcome to do so.
EQUIPMENT IN A SKATING SCHOOL?
Good-enough equipment in the skating school are a helmet, skates, neck guard and warm gloves.
It is possible to acquire used skates and other equipment both within our club and from the shops with knowledgeable sellers. When acquiring the equipment, it is also worth of familiarizing with available equipment in the Facebook groups of used ringette equipment:
Also, our chairman and other officers of our club are happy to advise and assist you in acquiring the equipment with a reasonable price.
There is available a small guide for ringette equipment to help acquiring equipment when moving from a skating school to a team (available only in Finnish):
Length of a ringette stick
A right-sized ringette stick is up to a child’s armpit when the child is standing without the skates or up to a child’s sternum when standing with the skates on. The stick above the child’s armpit when having the skates on, is too long and prevents learning the right stick technique.
SKATING SCHOOLS -
WHERE AND WHEN?
Aktia skating school for 3-9 year old children in Myyrmäki:
On Sundays (September 1st of 2019 onwards)
at 16:30 – 17:30
in Myyrmäki ice rink 1,
(During the same session there is a skating school for 10-16 year old teenage girls in the other end of the ice rink.)
Aktia skating school for 3-9 year old children in Tikkurila:
On Wednesdays (4 September 2019 onwards)
at 18:00 – 19:00
in Trio Areena’s training ice rink,
Läntinen Valkoisenlähteentie 52-54,
See also skating school for 10-16 year old girls
You can join the skating school at any time point of time during the season (september-april).
It is mandatory to register for skating school in advance, so that we are able to reserve a sufficient amount of coaches and assistant instructors on the ice in advance.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF A SKATING SCHOOL?
You may come to a skating school for three (3) sessions times for free (free trial period). You may come to Myyrmäki or Tikkurila – or both.
After three sessions, a monthly fee of the skating school is either 25 EUR or 35 EUR depending on the number of sessions you want to join per week (once or twice respectively).
In addition to the monthly fee there is the club’s membership fee (8 EUR) and a season fee (50 EUR) invoiced once during the season (September – April).
The skating school fees include:
Guided practice on ice
Own ringette stick to keep
A training jersey on loan
Ringette School tournament in spring.
Aktia Children’s Skating School is sponsored by Aktia foundation (Aktiasäätiö in Finnish).
SKATING SCHOOL SEASON?
The skating school season is from the beginning of September until the end of April. You may join the skating school at any point of time during the season.
At the end of the skating school season there is typically a traditional ringette school tournament. For many skating school participants, the tournament is the highlight of the season as it is possible to show the new skills, which have been learned in the skating school and enjoy successes in real games with other ringette/skating schools.
For girls it is possible to move from the skating school to a ringette team already during the season or in the beginning of the next season.
For boys we can offer several good options after skating school. Either in Bandy or in Hockey Teams, with whom we do continuous co-operation. That is because currently there are no ringette teams available for boys to compete in Finland
REGISTRATION FOR SKATING SCHOOL
Welcome to register for Ringette Walapais’s skating school! If there are more than one child joining, please register them separately.
With this form you can register the mandatory information. We need the information, so that we can reserve sufficient amount of coaches and assistance for children on the ice and to communicate about possible changes etc. if any need.
No information is disclosed outside the club, but it is available only for the officers of the club (Ringette Walapais ry). Please see more from the club’s privacy notice (only in Finnish) behind the following URL:
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WELCOME TO JOIN OUR CHEERFUL TEAM!
Tiiu Himanen, Children’s skating school in Myyrmäki
Tiia Piili, Children’s skating school in Tikkurila
Niina Koljonen, Teenagers’ skating school
Ringette Walapais ry
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