Bellingham Sportsplex offers ice skating lessons for young children
Keri Ferguson isn’t shy about expressing her confidence in a promise of ice skating.
When Ferguson, the Director of Skating at Bellingham Sportsplex, talks about learn to skate classes for ages 3 to 5, she is so excited that she keeps her promise this way:
“I’m going to knock them out by week three,” she says, referring to the coaching skills she and her 10-person team have often demonstrated in Snowplow Sam, the name of the lessons given to younger skaters when. ‘they begin. skating.
“On the wall” refers to the way the smaller skaters hang on the wall of the rink, much like the little swimmers hang on the edge of the pool.
It won’t be long before his promise is tested again. The 12-week Learn to Skate classes will begin by separating skaters by skill levels and potential on September 8 at 10 a.m. On the evening of Monday, September 10, weekly one-hour lessons will begin at 5 p.m. for 3- to 5-year-olds.
Classes for these young skaters include instruction on building confidence in a new teacher, skill and balance, and handling cold and ice gliding. Parents can watch but are separated from children.
“We highly recommend the helmets,” says Ferguson, who is entering his fourth year as the Director of Skating at the Sportsplex. “Adults (who are learning to skate) express more fear (of falling) than younger skaters.
In addition to the smallest skaters, lessons are organized for ages 6 to 60 and over.
It is best to register early for the Fall Learn to Skate courses, which are part of Learn to Skate USA.
Ferguson will be happy to answer questions online at [email protected], by phone at 360-676-1919 ext 106, or simply stop by the Sportsplex.
In total, she says she has around 150 to 160 students for the 12-week sessions.
The cost is $ 175 for the 12 weeks.
“After six weeks, I’ll open it for limited (additional) registrations,” she says.
Staff of 10
Ferguson, with over 40 years of coaching experience in the Northwest, is proud of its 10-strong team.
“I have junior coaches and senior staff, ages 18 to 60,” says Ferguson, who arrived at Bellingham in August 2015, after a long career at Lakewood Winter Club.
“We have a ratio of one teacher to eight students,” she says, indicating that a great deal of individual attention is available for each student. “Our staff make it really fun. “
At Lakewood, Ferguson helped the skaters advance to national championships for six consecutive years in the 1990s.
Well done to the Sportsplex
Last year Ferguson launched a Sportsplex Cheer team for students in grades 6-8.
Students are trained to cheer on the Bellingham Blazers hockey team and Bellingham United soccer clubs.
This story was originally published September 6, 2018 at 7:00 a.m.