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Junior Blades Ice Skating Club – Information Letter

Welcome to the Junior Blades Ice Skating Club. The club operates every Saturday morning between 9 am and 11:30 am. The rink is split in two by blue soft barriers; lessons take place on one side and public skating on the other. Before or after lessons, members are encouraged to practice in the public skating area as it is permissible for them to do so. Lessons are open to children from the ages of 3 to 18.

The Junior Blades Ice Skating Club is operational throughout the year and is only closed for the Easter Weekend, June/July School Holidays and the December School Holidays. If the club is going to be closed due to any other event (e.g. competitions) we will advertise timeously on both the notice board, our website and social media sites.

Our intake of new members takes place on the last Saturday of every month (except June, November & December). A meeting for prospective new members is held at 9:00 upstairs in the Function Room. No late comers permitted.

NB: A CERTIFIED COPY OF THE PARENTS ID/PASSPORT AS WELL AS THE SKATER/S ID/BIRTH CERTIFICATE/PASSPORT ARE REQUIRED WHEN JOINING THE CLUB

Click here to download our latest Welcome Letter 2018.

Intake dates
 

In keeping with our Club Constitution, one parent member per family is required to join the club as a full member. This is to ensure that each child member has a representative at Junior Blades meetings, and most importantly at the AGM. Parent members are not expected to skate and cannot join the lessons but they can also buy a clip card and skate in the public area if they wish to do so.


 Cost Structure

Junior Blades does not have the facilities to accept debit/credit cards or EFT’s. Payment is in cash only.

description price
Joining FeeR50
Annual FeeR110

If Joining in July and August
description price
Joining FeeR50
Annual FeeR165

 The JB financial year runs from 1 October to 30 September. ALL Junior Blades members are required to pay the annual subscription, due by the end of September each year. Renewals not paid by the end of September will mean rejoining the club (i.e. all members will be required to pay the joining fee again).New members joining the club in the months of July and August, will be required to pay:

Membership Cards: (Sold in bundles of 4)

The membership card is critical to being a member of the club as we work on a barcode system.  The lessons are loaded onto the membership card in bundles of 4.  These lessons are valid for a five week period (i.e. skaters have five weeks to use the four lessons). Once the lessons have been used or they have expired, a new bundle of lessons will have to be purchased and loaded onto the card. These restrictions do not apply to adult sessions. No lessons may be purchased without presentation of a valid membership card.

description price
Entrance & Lesson: (own boots)R180
Entrance, Lesson & boot hireR240
Entrance only: (adult clip card)R150
Entrance & boot hire (adult clip card)R185
Single lessons (excl boots & rink entrance)R35

 


Lesson Times:

09h00 - 09h30    Intermediate 1 to 4
09h00 - 09h30 Stroking 1 to 4
09h30 - 10h00 Beginners
10h00 - 10h30 Pre-Beginners 3
10h00 - 10h30 Grade 1
10h30 - 11h00 Pre-Beginners 2
10h30 - 11h00 Grade 2 & 3
11h00 - 11h30 Pre-Beginners 1
11h00 - 11h30 Grade 4, 5 & 6

LATE ARRIVALS to classes cause serious disruption to the teaching. Skaters not on the ice within 5 minutes of their class starting time WILL NOT be allowed to join the class.
NO CHATTING TO COACHES during lesson times is permitted. For any queries or concerns please discuss these with the Committee Member on duty at the entrance to the lesson area.
NON SKATERS are not permitted in the lesson area.
EXITING THE ICE: once your child's lesson has ended, he or she will only be permitted to exit the ice on the opposite side of the rink. Parents who wish to collect their children are advised to please wait for them there. 


Your future in this sport:

The club is here to teach children the basics of skating and sets the foundation for future Western Province and National skaters in various disciplines: Solo, pairs, ice dance, hockey, and synchronized team skating.

Once a skater has mastered the basic skating skills in the clubs' grade lessons, they may proceed to having private lessons. These lessons are offered by the Ice Station's resident professional/pro-am coaches. In order to be eligible for private lessons during SAFSA ice time the skater will need to become a member of the South African Figure Skating Association - WP (SAFSA-WP). SAFSA-WP have a program called Stepping Stones which identifies young talent (generally under 10 years) and takes them through a 6 month program to fast track their skating abilities.

In order to become a SAFSA-WP member you will need to :

  • Provide a copy of the skater's ID/birth certificate must accompany the application.

All future SAFSA WP memberships to go to Anne Falconer please not Debbie Rees.Instructions on how to register on the AMS App will be sent to the applicants after provisional membership acceptance. They will then only be required to pay the R500 membership fee.

All correspondence (application form, copy of ID/birth certificate) must be put in to the SAFSA office letterbox which can be found upstairs adjoining the Function Room. The SAFSA-WP committee will collect the documentation prior to their next meeting and they will notify you of the outcome of your application.

 The following two websites will give you a more in depth view to this wonderful sport:

The Ice Station: http://www.icerink.co.za
South African Figure Skating Association: http://www.safsa.org.za

 

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