Welcome to the Junior Blades Ice Skating Club. The club operates every Saturday morning between 9am and 11:30am. 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.
New Intake dates
|25 January 2020|
|29 February 2020|
|28 March 2020|
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.
Junior Blades does not have the facilities to accept debit/credit cards or EFT’s. Payment is in cash only.
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 covered until the end of September the following year, and will therefore be required to pay:
If Joining in July and August:
Membership Cards & Lessons (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.
|Entrance & Lesson: (own boots)||R195|
|Entrance, Lesson & boot hire||R255|
|Entrance only: (adult clip card)||R165|
|Entrance & boot hire (adult clip card)||R200|
|Single lessons (excl boots & rink entrance)||R35|
|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 :
- Appoint a professional/pro-am coach. Click here the list of Professional/Pro-am coaches.
- Complete the SAFSA application for membership form. Click here for the application form.
- Provide a copy of the skater’s ID/birth certificate must accompany the application.
- Pay the Annual membership fee (1st April to 31 March) of R500 into the following bank:
SAFSA WP – BANKING DETAILS – SUBS 2019ABSA Bank: Branch 632005
Acc name: SAFSA WP Subs :
Account no: 9349328261
(Reference) SURNAME & INITIAL + Subs19
Email POP: email@example.comPlease note this bank account is only used for SAFSA-WP subscriptions annually, and any further EFT payments will be advised as to which bank account to use.
All correspondence (application form, copy of ID/birth certificate, proof of payment) 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: