Ice Rink Event

Young People Glide Into Christmas At Ice Skating Event

Leicester City in the Community hosted young people from across Leicestershire at the ice rink in the city centre last week.

- Over 60 young people attended the ice skating activity at Jubilee Square, Leicester
- The event was funded by the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme
- Participants from multiple Leicester City in the Community programmes were present
- Those in attendance also received a gift at the end of the event

Over 60 young people were welcomed by Leicester City in the Community staff to the pop-up ice rink in Jubilee Square. Premier League Kicks, Primary Stars, Inspires and Foxes Friday participants were invited to sign up, as well as other young people from across the city and county who were eligible.

Participants had the ice rink to themselves for a 45-minute session, where they could make new friends and, for some, try ice skating for the very first time!

Dan Mitchinson, Community Engagement Manager at Leicester City in the Community, discussed the purpose of the day.

We wanted to give them an opportunity to try something they might not have tried before. Just to celebrate the festive period, after what has been a tough year for some young people.

Dan Mitchinson Community Engagement Manager

“We arranged this event to bring together young people from across Leicestershire and from a wide range of our different programmes,” he commented. “We wanted to give them an opportunity to try something they might not have tried before.

“Just to celebrate the festive period, after what has been a tough year for some young people.”

The ice-skating event is part of the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme, which aims to deliver school holiday activities throughout the year. Each young person received a three-day food parcel of fresh food and non-perishable items, to be consumed throughout the Christmas holidays.

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Ice Rink Event
Ice Rink Event

Some participants were trying ice skating for the first time at the event.

As well as this, participants were gifted a tin of sweets and treats to take home with them, to remember their time at the event. Regan, a Premier League Kicks participant who was at the event, talked about what he thought of the morning activities.

“I think it’s been really good, especially because it’s a part of [Premier League] Kicks,” he began. “It’s really good as last year we didn’t really have anything to do because of COVID-19. Now we had this to do, it has given us something fun to do.”

You can watch a video of the event, HERE.

To find out more information about the HAF programme, and Leicester City in the Community’s community projects, contact Community Engagement Manager Dan Mitchinson on: dan.mitchson@lcfc.co.uk.

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