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Patch sessions allow our skaters to train and develop their skating skills in an environment that is safe, providing support from peer skaters and BIS trained coaches. To attend the patch sessions you need to have completed either Skate Excellence or Skate UK Level 5.

The cost of patch is £10 per session.  This can be a 30 minute, 45 minute or 60 minute session depending on which session you book on. 

There is  also a patch ice membership available for £85 per month. This is only for Planet Ice Widnes and is not transferable between rinks.

Patch membership and all patch sessions can be booked direct with Planet Ice either at the box office or online.    
Rink Do's and Donts
Patch Rules and Ettiqutte 

The following rules are intended for the safety and consideration of all skaters:

  • Be respectful to other skaters, coaches and rink staff at all times.

  • Maintain control of your direction and speed at all times.

  • Read and abide by all posted signs and warnings and cooperate with the rink staff and management.

  • Skates must be worn on the ice during Patch Times, no street shoes. Shoes are permitted in the hockey players boxes, but must be agreed by rink management beforehand.

  • Maintain a proper lookout to avoid other skaters, objects, or conditions on the ice surface.

  • Accept responsibility for knowing the scope of your ability while on skates and skate within the limits of that ability.

  • You should be aware of other skaters practising jumps, spins or other unsighted moves, so as to be mindful of the jumping/landing area and surrounding area in case of falls.

  • If a skater is doing their program with music on, you should allow extra room for their practice to give them confidence that they are not going to collide with another skater.

  • A maximum of two skaters are permitted to skate a routine at anyone time.

  • No Skaters are to use the music equipment, this should be done by the coaches.

  • Be aware of less able skaters and make provision for them as they may not realise that they are in the way.

  • When you are not active on the ice you should keep to the barrier or ideally leave the ice.

  • Refrain from skating while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other control impairing substance.

  • Leave the ice when the ice resurfacing or remedial ice maintenance is taking place.

  • NO food or drink is allowed to be consumed on the ice surface

  • Refrain from acting in a manner that may cause or contribute to an injury to you, other skaters or spectators.

  • Refrain from throwing or leaving objects on the rink surface.

  • Refrain from instigating or becoming involved in any type of altercations with any other skater or spectator.

  • No abusive acts or language is permitted within the rink.

  • Assumption of Risk: By engaging in skating, skaters and spectators are deemed to have knowledge of, and assume the inherent risks of skating.

  • Parents / Guardians will remain either in the cafe area or take a seat in the stands during patch. They are not permitted in the players bench area or anywhere that could result in an interruption of lessons. This includes all doorways leading to the ice.

  • If a parent wishes to discuss an issue with a coach they will wait until the coach is off the ice or in an emergency will notify a member of the rink staff.


Any injuries or abuse of rules should be reported to a member of the rink staff immediately.​

Please make sure you sign a copy of the patch code of conduct at the rink box office.

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