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SPICE - Special People on Ice

SPICE was set up in 2002 to teach children and young people with learning disabilities how to ice skate.

  • Parking
    • Parking
  • Mainstream/Special
    • Special
  • Type of Activity
    • Sport
Ice Arena
Montem Lane
    • Age
      • Primary School
      • Secondary School
      • 16+
    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair Access
    • Disability
      • ADHD
      • Autism
      • Complex Needs
      • Down Syndrome
      • Hearing Impairments
      • Learning Difficulties
      • Mobility Impairments
      • SPD/dyspraxia
      • Visual Impairments
    • Free Entry for Carer
      • No
    • Sports
      • Ice skating

    Our regular Learn to skate sessions take place every Sunday morning at Slough Ice Arena between 11:15 and 12:00. Young people, with a wide variety of social and/or learning difficulties (Down’s Syndrome. autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD) attend, along with siblings in many cases. Our hockey training commences at 12:00-13:00, following our regular session.

    Professional coaches, who are supported by around 30 regular volunteers whose ages range from 10 to 65, lead the skating courses - all the volunteers are experienced skaters. In addition, SPICE offers an ice hockey programme and two teams from Spice took part in the 2024 Special Hockey tournament in Boston, USA. which was a fantastic experience for us all.

    Spice also has currently the only additional needs synchronized skating teams in the UK. Our original team, Team Spice, was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Synchronized Skating Championships in 2017. In 2019 an Inclusive Category was added to the British Synchronized Skating Championships in recognition of the achievements of Team SPICE and Team Spice won Gold medals in the 2021 synchro season!

    In 2022 and 2023, Spice have fielded two synchronized skating teams and are looking forward to competing in the 2024 synchro skating events.

    Spice operates 52 weeks a year unless Christmas Day falls on a Sunday when we have a week off!