You may be working your way through the Skate UK levels, or already competing solo - but joining the Sheffield Synchronized Skating Academy (SSSA) could develop your skills in ways you never thought possible!
Welcoming ice skaters of all ages from Skate UK Level 8 and upwards, the Academy promotes teamwork, develops confidence and instills the discipline of working hard to achieve a goal through training and competing together all over the UK and overseas.
The SSSA is a not-for-profit organisation, based at the iceSheffield skating rink, Coleridge Road, Sheffield. Included in membership but open to all is our Thursday 'Edges and Power' class, giving skaters the opportunity to continue strengthening their essential basic ice skating skills.
Currently we have over 80 members across 6 teams competing at National and International level. Covering all levels and ages, our teams are Amici, Ignis, Novus, Perpetuum, Presto and Unum.
Not only does the Academy focus on developing individual skating skills, the discipline of striving to be the best that they can be - together - helps all members to enhance their life skills too. Teamwork, trust and loyalty are part of our core values, with team members making long-lasting friendships outside of school and work. Please explore the site to find out more about the Academy, our teams and our updates.
The home of synchronized skating in Sheffield!
Synchro combines and builds on the skills from the other skating disciplines while offering the chance to compete side by side with 15 other skaters. Each team consists of 8 to 16 skaters all performing intricate footwork while creating formations and transitions only possible in synchro. Check out the world champion's, Les Suprêmes from Canada, short and free programmes to see what is possible in synchro.
"As individuals we are strong.
As a team, we are unstoppable!"
Synchronize [verb]; synchronized, synchronizing: 1. to cause to indicate the same time, as one timepiece with another as in ‘synchronize your watches’ 2. to cause to go on, move, operate, work, etc., at the same rate and exactly together Synchronized ice skating is a sport where between 8 and 20 skaters perform together in a group on ice. The first ever synchro team (the Hockettes) was formed in 1956 to provide ice hockey match-night entertainment in Michigan. The primary aim is for the team to move around the ice as one flowing unit at varying speeds, whilst completing different types of footwork. Synchronized skating uses the same judging system as singles, pairs, and ice dance and is judged primarily on teamwork, precision, speed, difficulty, and performance. In order for a synchronized team to flow in unison, individual skaters must be competent at a variety of ice skating skills, including speed, footwork and ice presence. The team performs a program set to music, with required formations including circles, lines, blocks, wheels, intersections, a move in isolation, and, at higher levels, lifts. The teams are required to perform step sequences involving a number of various turns such as twizzles, counters, brackets, and rockers, together with simpler turns like three-turns, mohawks and choctaws, and double-three turns.