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


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.


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:

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

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!

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
carrying out maintenance whilst it’s FullSizeRender copyquiet just so everyone can have a fulfilling and enjoyable visit to our centre.

John Nike Leisuresport – BIG ANNOUNCEMENT…

We’re already into the first week of October, Halloween is almost here and we are gearing up for a month of mayhem and madness down at John Nike Leisuresport Complex. If you’d like to keep up to date with what is coming up, or take advantage of some of our awesome giveaways, or just want to see what goes on behind the scenes, keep your eyes firmly glued on our weekly blog updates.

This Girl Can

To kick things off, this Saturday is one for the ladies This_Girl_Can_Logo_PMS_248when we host our very own This Gir
l Can! We are doing our bit to celebrate active women up and down the country by hosting a day of fun filled activities…so come and join us as we celebrate getting women active! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never tried any of th
e activities before; they are all designed to be suitable for beginners…and more importantly, to be fu
n, social and friendly! This Girl Can promises to be a brilliant day, as we open up the ski slope, gym and ice rink for all you ladies to come and try all the fantastic sport facilities we have to offer. Regardless of your age, shape, or ability, we guarantee you’ll go away feeling like you’ve learnt an amazing new skill! So if you have ever wanted to whizz down the slopes on skis, try your hand at snowboarding, strap on some skates and give the ice a whirl, or if you simply want to hit the gym and hear some nutritional talks to get that look you’ve always been after, head on down. The day starts at 10:00am and included in the entrance fee of £15 are loads of special offers, deals and a goody bag!

Bracknell Bees

Riding high on the back of a win against our neighbours, Basingstoke Bison, we welcome Manchester Phoenix to the Hive for our first Saturday game of the season. Both teams won their last games against their local rivals and will be looking to keep their winning streak alive, so it is sure to be a tough time on the ice. On Sunday the Bees head off to Telford to face the Tigers, who are currently sitting top of the leader board. The Tigers have lost their last three games so no doubt will be hitting the ice hard to get back on track. Both games face off at 6pm and for the Manchester home game on Saturday, kids get in for £1!



If you have been Kartingdown at the rink this past week, you will have seen us getting the carts ready for some on ice karting. Cam and Matt have been getting themselves all covered in grease, making sure that the karts are in top shape for you to take them for a spin…hopefully not literally. d every Thursday from 7pm – 9pm, so if you fancy yourself a bit of a boy, or girl racer, give us a call to book yourself in for an evening of spills and     thrills.Ice karting is held every Thursday from 7pm – 9pm, so if you fancy yourself a bit of a boy, or girl racer, give us a call to book yourself in for an evening of spills and thrills.


And finally, a definite date for your diaries is the 23rd October when we will be throwing our Halloween UV Foam Party. Held during our regular Friday night disco session, this is one you don’t want to miss. The party will run from 8.30pm – 11pm and just to make it an even better night out for you, get an Early Bird Ticket post on our Facebook Event that you are coming (remember to #BracknellUVFOAM) you’ll get free skate hire on the night – hurry though only for 1 week.


SplashFest Update & NEW: Open Ice Karting (scroll to bottom for the details)


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!





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!