Club AGM Sunday 8 May
All AGM documents are available in the AGM section.
Frozen Kingdom Gala
The NSSA Juvenile, Novice and Junior teams were invited to compete in the NIC Frozen Kingdom gala. It was a high quality gala and a great way for the Juvenile and Novice teams to end their seasons. The Juvenile team deserve a special mention learning a whole new routine in two weeks to fit in with the Frozen Kingdom theme.
The Icicles and the Shadows have recently returned from the Mozart Cup in Salzburg Austria. In a very strong Junior competition led by Russia, the USA and Finland, the Icicles finished in 10th place from 19 teams. In the Free skate the Icicles finished in 9th place just behind the Italian and German teams. This puts them in a good position to improve on their 14th place at last year's Junior World Championships in the Junior World Challenge Cup in March in Zagreb.
The Shadows produced the best result ever by an NSSA Novice team finishing in 3rd place, from an entry of 8, behind two strong Finnish teams. This is the first time our Novice team has made the podium in an international ISU competition. Well done Shadows!!
We would like to thank Longworth Asociates for the kind donation made to the club of £700. http://www.longworthassociates.co.uk/
British Championships 2016
We had the perfect set of results at the British Synchronized Skating Championships on the 16th and 17th of January, with all 6 teams winning gold medals in their categories. A huge congratulations to all of our skaters and a big thanks to our coaches Esther, Lauren and Jemma. The full results for the competition can be found here http://www.icephoto.co.uk/Synchro1516/.
Our Juvenile, Novice and Junior teams have just returned from the Winter Cup in Belgium. All of the teams skated really well and won gold medals in their categories. An especially well done to the alternates who stepped up and skated in the Juvenile and Novice teams.
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Congratulations to Icepops, Icetastic and Rocking Robins all three teams opened their seasons with gold medal winning performances in Cardiff.
The club had a great start to the season at the Lee Valley synchronized skating competition taking gold in the Novice and Junior categories with strong skates. Novice started their season scoring 38.08 and Junior 32.65 for the short and 63.01 for the free. We are very proud of all of the skaters, well done!
We are very excited with the club's success in the Nottingham Evening Post sports awards at which we were named Sports Club of the Year. The sports awards were on the same evening as our Dress Rehearsls but we were admirably represented by former members Dasha Roberts and Beth Parry together with Mark Robinson and Liz Parry.
Coaches Conference Sheffield
The Icicles showed their fitness at Wollaton Park, taking on British Military Fitness training, before a game of rounders on their summer team building day.
The only way is Up!
Members of the Novice squad conquered the heights at their recent team building event taking to the high ropes before demonstrating their skills on the high ropes.
2015-16 Competition Schedule
The competition schedule for this season is now available in the Competitions section of the website. Your squad managers can supply the password.
Junior Training Camp
Our Junior team have spent the weekend working very hard with Esther, Lauren and Miru Penttinen from team Unique. Miru has been helping Esther and Lauren put the Junior team routines together for next season. Miru is one of the leading coaches in the world of synchronized skating and we are very lucky she has came to help our coaches prepare for next season.
Three of our teams and one of our coaches rounded off the 2014/15 season by performing at the National Ice Centre gala on Sunday. The Ice Pops, Silhouettes and Icicles all enjoyed performing. The Icicles and Silhouettes were skating their current programmes for the last time and are now all looking forward to learning new programmes for next season.
Taster Event and Trials Update
NSSA welcomed 48 skaters to the taster event on Sunday. This is an amazing number and shows how popular the sport of synchronized skating is starting to become, following the 2015 British Championships being held here in Nottingham.
There was a good standard of skaters at the event and we are looking forward to full trials taking place through May and June for a lot of the attendees.
Thank you to all those who helped the event run smoothly on the day especially our Foundation, Mixed Age and Junior skaters who helped out.
Le Havre Results
Well done to the Rocking Robins who secured 7th place at their international competition in Le Havre over the weekend of 17 - 18th April. You skated well and the scores at the top half of the competition were all very close - we are very proud of you all.
Reports from Le Havre
The Rocking Robins have arrived safely in Le Havre and all reports coming in would suggest they are having a fantastic time already. They will be skating 12th out of 13th so have secured a fantastic placing in the order of skating. They will be skating at 3.56 UK time and Lynn has provided the link for the live streaming on the NSSA Facebook page. We really do need to get to the bottom of what went on during the tram ride to the rink - but they are keeping quiet on that one for now. Good luck Robins - we're rooting for you back home.
This year's AGM will take place on 26th April commencing at 3.00pm in Platinum Suit A, level 4 at the NIC. Please do attend this meeting to have your say in the running of the club. All details can be found in the 'AGM' section of the web (please contact your squad manager for the password).
Junior Worlds Competition Day 2
The Icicles had a fantastic second day at the worlds - posting an overall score of 100.55. We are so very proud of what they achieved at this competition - socring the highest ever score for a GBR team - breaking the 100 mark really is remarkable! Well done Icicles and a safe journey home for you, Esther Lauren and the NSSA parents out there supporting you.
After good practices yesterday the girls are ready for the start of the competition today. The competition starts at 5.30pm UK time and the Icicles skate at 6.47pm.
Juniors have had a good night rest in Zagreb. They have just had breakfast and are enjoying a bit of retail therapy before their first practice session this afternoon.
Icicles off to Junior Worlds
The Icicles were on good form during their last practices on Sunday 8th March, before they head off to Junior Worlds in Croatia at 2.45am Tuesday morning (no-one at NSSA envies the early morning start!). Good luck Icicles - we look forward to hearing news of your progress and will be providing our usual NSSA support from home!
This Girl Can!
NSSA contributed to the national campaign supporting and encouraging female partiticpation in sport on 8th March.. Skaters were invited to bring a friend to their training session for some NSSA style fun on the ice! It was really good to see so many of our skaters and their friends enjoying themselves These girls Can!
We have relaunched the club Facebook page so please take the time check it out here.It is a public page so your family and friends can keep up to date with our teams as well.
Trophy D'Ecosse Dumfries
Some photographic evidence has come in that reflects the great time our teams (and some of the parents) had whilst in Dumfries - there is bound to be more following but here is an initial insight. It looks like Nexxice are the Robins' new best friends too!
It is clear that Flashmobs are here to stay at synchro competitions, but this is the first one with a penguin! No-one quite worked out the identity of the penguin but there are reports that Matt Clapp was missing for quite a while!
Trophy D'Ecosse Dumfries - Day 3
News from Dumfries - Icetastic have won Gold in the Preliminary category. Icetastic also come home with the Most Entertaining Programme of the day award. Well done Icetastic - enjoy your podium moment and we'll see you back safely in Nottingham soon.
Well done to all our teams who have competed in Dumfries - you truly have made the club very proud of you all.
Trophy D'Ecosse Dumfries - Day 2
Great news continues to come from Dunfries with the Rocking Robins skating to their first Gold of the competitive season. To ensure they really had something to dance about at the Ceilidh, they were also awarded the Most Entertaining Programme of the day. Well done Robins - fantastic news and very well deserved.
Shadows also secured their second Gold medal of the season. Their score was comparable to that achieved at the British, factoring in the fall. Well done Shadows - you are gaining the consistency in your skates which will be a good foundation for next season.
We're very proud of all the teams that have skated so far and sending all our luck up the M6 for Icetastic tomorrow.
Trophy D'Ecosse Dumfries
News in from Dumfries so far: Icepops have consolidated their performance from the British with a Gold at Dumfries. Having rubbed shoulders with Nexxice, there was only one way to go for them to impress their new best friends!
Silhouettes scooped silver in Dumfries after suffering from an unusual number of falls in their programme. Well done to both teams - we are so proud of you.
Today we should be hearing about Rocking Robins and Shadows - good luck to these two teams - we're rooting for you back in Nottingham!
Full details of the draw and results can be found at http://www.icephoto.co.uk/TDE2015/index.htm
French Cup Rouen
The Icicles are in Rouen enjoying the skating standards of the French Cup. Without any domestic competition at this level this season, The French Cup was always going to be a tough competition for the team. It has however, given them some indication of where their programmes are set in relation to teams they will face in Croatia at Junior Worlds. Both programmes were affected by falls, which has had some bearing on the overall score. They have achieved a total score of 80.70 (26.26 for the short and 54.44 for the long). Well done Iccicles - you skated well and we are proud of you.
Icicles Selected for Junior Worlds
The Icicles have been selected to represent GBR at the Junior World Synchronized Skating Competition to be held in Croatia in March. Well done Icicles - we're very proud of you.
British Synchronised Skating Championships End
The 2015 British Synchronised Skating Championships has been a successful event for NSSA. 5 Golds, 1 Silver and Most Entertaining Programme for Icepops. A massive well done to all our skaters - you did so well and the club is very proud of you. We also must thank Esther and Lauren for all their hard work in getting you to be this successful!
The Championships was slightly different for us this year, given that it was at our home rink - the National Ice Centre. The rink have been most impressed with a large number of volunteers who ensured the smooth running of the competition - it really would not have gone so well if it wasn't for you. Well done everyone - team sport - collective effort - great results.
Great Start to the British Synchronised Skating Championships
Teams from across the UK joined NSSA in the Old Market Square in Nottingham to perform a Flashmob dance. The number of skaters involved drew media interest from the Nottingham Evening Post (story can be found at http://www.nottinghampost.com/Flash-mob-Old-Market-Square-kicks-British/story-25878174-detail/story.html#3rk8y3TWV2LCdzLU.01).
We are very excited that the British is at the National Ice Centre and hope all our visiting synchro friends will have a great time here in Nottingham.
British Synchronised Skating Championships
NSSA skaters and parents would like to welcome and wish all the teams participating at the British Synchronised Skating Championships this coming weekend - 17th and 18th January - the very best of luck. We hope you have a great visit to Nottingham.
Happy New Year to all NSSA Skaters and Parents
We wish all our skaters and parents a Happy New Year. This year brings the 2015 British Synchronised Skating competition to our home rink - in just over two weeks the action will begin! Good luck to all our teams - Icepops, Icetastic, Rocking Robins, Silhouettes, Shadows and Icicles - we're sure you'll be cheered on by family and friends.
Icicles Win Junior Team of the Year
The Icicles have won the Nottingham City Council Junior Team of the Year award for the second year running. This is in recognition of their impressive results from last season. Well done Icicles - we are very proud of you.
Foundation Fun in the Market Square
Our Foundation skaters enjoyed their Christmas social yesterday (Sunday 14th December 2014) - taking to the outdoor rink in the Market Square. Parents and skaters (mainly the skaters) showed their excellent skating skills which proved highly problematic for their team manager who stated 'it was like rounding up cats' trying to get this photo! We're glad they had a good time and hope they used the time to practice their routines for the British!
Icicles Skate at the Closing Gala at the British Figure Championships
The Icicles will be representing NSSA by skating at the closing gala of the British Figure Championships. Skating their short programme, they hope to showcase synchronised skating at its best. Good luck Icicles.
Three teams headed to Cardiff on Monday 17th November. Their progress was reported back to those of us back in Nottingham eager to find out how they were doing. They started the day with a lively rendition of 'happy birthday' to Tina - which will be kept as video evidence for some time to come! Next came the skating. All three teams skated well to post scores comparable with those achieved at Lee Valley earlier in the season: Silhouettes - 34.61; Shadows - 35.25; Rocking Robins - 38.58. Well done to all three teams - once again - we are all proud of you.
Shadows Get to Meet Pudsey
The start of any season brings with it a sense of excitement and nervousness as we take our programmes under the scrutiny of the judges. Four teams travelled to Lee Valley for the first competition of the season to see how our programmes would fare: Junior, Advanced Novice, Juvenile and Mixed Age. Icicles took to the ice with their short programme first and despite a fall posted 32.06 – slightly higher than this time last season. Whilst two falls in the long programme would have affected the score, the Icicles posted 60.31 to earn them 92.37 overall. Given the very challenging nature of the required elements in the Junior programmes for this season, this is a useful benchmark for the Icicles as they now work towards the British.
Silhouettes were up next and gave an impressive performance, full of character that brought out the character of the music well. They also suffered from a fall, but this did not impact greatly on the score of 34.35 which is a great start to the season for this young Juvenile team.
Advanced Novice had a lot to live up to – skating to the same music that earned last year’s Novice team the highest ever score for a British Novice team. Shadows did not disappoint. They proved their worth with a faultless skate, earning them an impressive score of 41.17. This really will be a team to watch as the season progresses.
Mixed Age had a long wait from the early morning start of 4.00am and the largest category to compete in. This clearly did not phase the Rocking Robins as they too had a faultless skate and posted a score of 38.88.
What a great start to the season for all teams – a HUGE well done to you, Esther and Lauren for all the work you have put into this competition. We really are very proud of you!
Juvies Just Chilling with Jane and Chris
Mixed Age Bucking Bronco Bravery
The Rocking Robins' Social event was held at Elton Guide Camp on Sunday 31st August. All skaters from the current team and from last season were invited with their families: 45 people came together for the evening. They had a great time enjoying the fantastic weather, a barbecue, grass sledging, team games and a Bucking Bronco, which was popular with skaters and parents alike and raised a lot of laughs. Unfortunately, Mixed Age aren't sharing the photographic evidence of those who fell off!
As we are heading towards the competitive season it is even more important that skaters are ready for their training sessions on the ice. All skaters are therefore required to warm up prior to training on the ice, which could include stretching and gentle jogging. This is good practice which will result in fewer injuries. Skaters can do this individually or in groups but at least 30 minutes prior to any ice session should be spent warming up. If there are any questions about this please contact squad managers.