Tag Archives: Ski and Snowboard

3 CHEERS FOR BERKSHIRE RACE SQUAD!

A successful day for Berkshire Race Squad and the Gan Family at the Snowsport South Club National 2016 Race at Southampton last weekend.

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Competing in their first club national, all 3 family members secured an impressive spot on the winners podium. Brothers James and Jonathan both took home silver  in the Under 14s and Under 16s; beating many  experienced national l racers.

Jason, the father of James and Jonathan, came 3rd place in the Masters category! Jason  is regularly instructing at JNL Bracknell. Every Friday he coaches the Berkshire Race Squad along side Brian Barfoot.

From all of us here we would love to send our biggest congratulations to you all! We are expecting the same, if not better, results next time. No pressure…

 

Ski & Snowboard Camps

This week we have Eden and Trent Aitken-Smith who are discussing their time with us as loyal customers.

Trent learnt to Snowboard on our Group Lessons 2 years ago and has currently enrolled on our Snowboard Instructor Course which will be starting on Wednesday 6th April.

Eden has smashed our Ski and Snowboard Camps, from just a few days on the course she has completed her Level D requirements. Take a look at what they’ve got to say!

If you would like to book onto our Ski and Snowboard Camp or our Instructor Courses this Easter please call us on 01344 789002. More information is available on our Website.

JNL goes Virtual…

Here at John Nike Leisuresport we are always keen to give 
our customers that little bit extra!

2016-02-05We have decided to launch a weekly
video web series jam packed with ski 
and snowboard content, all for you 
guys at home.Each Friday we will be 
giving you some tips for you to try 
out, straight from our experienced 
instructors, as well as giving you 
the latest news and event info form the industry plus 
the wider community.

This following Friday we will be taking you on a 
virtual trip into the Free Ski world showing you 
how to slide your very first box 50/50. Watch as 
we take you through step by step, remember though 
these are just pointers. If you want to give it 
a try come down to our Sunday Morning Coached 
Sessions run by Southern Freestyle Club. We will 
also be shining a light on how our home grown 
talent is doing across the world in various 
events and competitions.

To find out more about Southern Freestyle, have 
a wonder over here: http://southernfreestyle.co.uk/

There will also be some 'leaking' of our upcoming 
'SplashFest' Event, pardon the pun.

So sit back, feet up and keep your eyes peeled
on our Facebook page. Only there will you see 
our very first JNL web serious episodes coming 
this coming Friday the 12th.

All questions are welcome, we'll answer as many as 
we can in our following videos.

MOJAM BREAKDOWN

Thank you to everyone who participated and support our annual event this past Sunday. We raised a total of £200.00 for Movember!

For those of you who didn’t manage to get you hands on the finalist places, here they are below:

Podium
U16 Male Snowboard
1st Ethan smith
2nd Luke Kimble
3rd Joe hunt

U16 Female Snowboard
1st Amber Cordlingly
2nd Jade Walsh
3rd Anya Allan

U16 Male Skiers
1st Bradly Fry
2nd Cameron Kurby
3rd  Danile camise

U16 Female Skiers
1st Lexi Rowlands
2nd Emily Keen
3rd Bonnie Kurby

+17 Male Snowboards
1st Matt Strange
2nd Alex Spence
3rd Chris Woods

+17 Female Snowboards
1st Samantha
2nd n/a
3rd n/a


+17 Male Skier
1st Stepan Weekes
2nd Harry Lynch
3rd n/a 

+17 Female Skier
1st Ali Schwind
2nd n/a
3rd n/a

Best Trick
Snowboard Ethan Smith
Ski Bradly Fry

Will this be the last big bang for John Nike Leisuresport?

Remember, remember the 5th of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot.


FIREWORKS

We are hosting our annual Free Fireworks this Sunday at 19:00, doors will open at 18:00 with a performance from Berkshire Race Squad. Now with that in mind many people have questioned the certainty of the John Nike Leisuresport Centre, in Bracknell, and whether or not if we are plotting to close our doors one last time.

Some of you may of heard about the complications of our ice, leading to last weekends Bracknell Bee’s Match being postponed and cancelled ice hockey training sessions. Along with the essential maintenance that has been carried out on our Chairlift for the last month. No one can blame you for the unsettled feeling there may be a closure to our centre. However, I must make this very clear that it will not be the case, below is a quick summary of the issues and maintenance that we have encountered the last week or so.

Chairlift – As part of our care and protection to our customers we have to service our chairlift, just like you would a M.O.T for a car. Within the time it was being serviced a few maintenance areas were brought to light, nothing too complicated or serious; some might say that it is just a simple, basic task which takes minutes; like filling you screen wash. Unlike most common cars a chairlift requires large and unusual parts, which typically have to be made from scratch or imported from abroad. Whilst we are waiting for the parts to be made it means the chair lift is out of action. We do have two drag lifts on the slopes, so don’t let this put you off visiting us. We are open as usual, if you would like more information please call 01344 789002.

Ice Pad – All Ice Pads are run off compressor plants which act as a huge refrigerator under the ice. Now normally you will have a few compressors that run simultaneous or together depending on the temperature of the current ice, ideally you want to see it at -7.5 to -8.5 Degrees Celsius. With our ice plant we have a fully working compressor which is simply lacking the support from the others. This means we are able to keep and maintain the ice we have as much as we can, in fact the ice is absolutely fine to skate on…if anything a little wet! Due to the wetness and a few thin patches of ice, the ice pad would not be suitable for an ice hockey match – for those who were wondering.

We do have plans to put in a temporary plant which will build the ice to where we can host ice hockey matches and our pantomime – Cinderella on Ice. The aim is to have the temporary plant up and running before the next scheduled Bracknell Bee’s Home Game.

As for the Ice Rink we are holding business as usual, open for all the members of public. Be sure to check our weekly timetable at http://www.jnlbracknell.co.uk, if there are to be any urgent updates, these too, will be post on our website.

Just when you come, try not to do a Harry Styles manoeuvre!

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John Nike Leisuresport – Stars in their Eyes!

Here at John Nike Leisuresport we have a wide range of talent! Today we thought we would showcase just a snippet of those who are pushing their way to success.

Amongst who skate, ski and board at our centre we have some real talent breaking all barriers. You can come see for yourself what these individuals have to shout about at any of our Ski and Snowboard Freestyle competitions, Ice Skating competitions and not forgetting our annual pantomime which will amaze all who come to see the draw dropping Cinderella on Ice performance.

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Jayin and Emily-Lucine are regular skaters at our centre, often with dark gloomy starts as early as 5am. This does not put them off their 15 hours of weekly ice training, as they frequently rush back from school to continue where they left off.10247250_10152722224496503_8253562223403336303_nThe dance team have been chosen to represent NISA and Great Britain at their first international competition ever!

This is what their coaches David Phillips and Lucine Phillips had to say:

“We wish the young pair every success as they step out on the international arena and forth coming British Championships in December. The youths are extremely hardworking, talented and are for sure a winning combination”.

Francis Howell

 Francis is a senior lady who takes pride in skating for Great Britain. Earlier this year she brought a bronze medal back home from an international competition in Hungary, where she again had the honour to represent our nation.

Next month, in Romania, Francis has another amazing opportunity to show what she’s capable of! Skating for Great Britain at The Crystal Skate of Romania, she hopes for another triumph for her skating career.

Her coach Alex Verkovitch adds many hours to assure her success and never ending development.

12112469_10156142119945298_5961910150718718991_nJames Webb (aged 26)

 Just recently James Webb, who is a British Slope style Gold Medallist, won Performance Coach of the Year. The award was kindly received from Snowsports England. Snowsports England made a point of showing appreciation to their 100+ coaches and instructors. We’re extremely happy for James who hosts Southern Freestyle club at our centre every Tuesday and Sunday.

If your wondering what all the fuss is about that surrounds James and his talent, you must come see for yourself…it’s all well deserved. Southern Freestyle coached sessions run Sunday mornings from 09:00 until 11:00 and he’s guaranteed to be there! If your not quite ready to hit the jumps, we are running an Open Day on Sunday 25th October where there will be demonstrations from the freestyle guys, which will give you the motivation you need to pick up a board, or a pair of skis

11889455_10204599575284523_3262513913999546737_nAaron Carpenter (aged 19)

 Aaron has skied with us for many years, he loves it that much he’s even chosen to become a ski instructor at the centre; he became part of the full time team earlier this year.

He’s heading to Manchester this weekend where he will be competing in the Indoor Slope style British Championships. Fingers crossed for Aaron, we hope to see something shiny returning with him from the North.

In 2014 Aaron came 2nd in the Great British Under 18’s Outdoor Slope style. Also that year he had a once in a lifetime chance to train in France with a well renowned British coach, JT – on a glacier!

 syOUV9QPAM9ol974CP4NpRNZgSsmKfCVDKw9l9DdhnYHarvey Stead (aged 19)

 Another staff member with a bright light shinning on him, is Harvey Stead. He has represented Great Britain on numerous occasions for the Under 18’s and Under 20’s team.

Last year he found himself in Estonia just before the Christmas period where he was making the British nation proud. He is set to head abroad again this December to do just exactly that again!


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The Team

We have some super hard working stars that accomplish many tasks behind the scenes. All are staff work hard to maintain a customer-focused approach. Here we have some of the boys
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SplashFest Update & NEW: Open Ice Karting (scroll to bottom for the details)

THUG NAT PUG!

Here we go, less than 24 hours until it all kicks off! With the sponsors rolling in with their masses of prizes, the sun in the sky and the staff spirits rising high; we’re counting down for the almighty return of SPLASHFEST 2015!

There is still time to get your hands on a pair of tickets all you need to do it visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for SplashFest failing that call us!

Here’s a reminder of our sponsors for tomorrow: Animal Clothing, Lucozade, Carlsberg, Ski Bartlett, Bro! and Brethren Apparel THUG Rugs (apologise for the massive typo in the last blog).

Look out for an exclusive scoop on Sunday of how the day went!

Best of British Ice Hockey Club travel around the UK throughout the year. We are lucky enough to be amongst their list of hosts in England.

They base themselves on one particular philosophy that drives them towards “Constant and Never-ending Improvement”. With this mind set they have a high interest from those who, national and international, play the sport. The spotlight shines on the camp all year round which brings out the true empowerment and wonders in what BOBIHC strive to succeed. Professionalism is a word they know and boy do they too show off what it means.

Check out some of the pictures below of BOBIHC putting their campers to the test!


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Last week we put on a themed week for those who attended our Multi Activity Camp. The children learned about all things from creepy-crawlies, how to lead a team and many different ways to be creative.

The feedback from the kids about our unusual week was impressively enthusiastic…watch out, there will be more from where that came from then!

We still haves spaces for next weeks camp, give us a call and we can book you on!

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Finally we get down to what you’ve all been waiting for! We are hosting our very first OPEN ICE KARTING SESSION.

This will be held on Saturday 29th August 21:30 to 23:00. For only £5 you and friends can relay against each other or as a team and have the ultimate thrill of your life.

Sorry youngsters if your under 16 you can’t take part i’m afraid. What that does mean is you can sit and laugh at everyone else!

If you fancy making an evening of it why not watch our professional home Ice Hockey team, Bracknell Bee’s, beat Telford Tigers in a friendly preseason game – face off is at 19:30!