Welcome to BITA – Professional, Dedicated and Motivated. The British Ice Teachers Association was founded in 1936 as the Ice Teachers Guild and was one of the very first coaching associations to be formed in the world; after the Second World War the name was changed to IPSA, the Imperial Professional Skating Association. The name BITA came into effect in 1985 when the name was changed from IPSA. In 1995 BITA agreed with the National Ice Skating Association – the National Governing Body for ice skating in UK – to handover the education of coaches to NISA and with that handover came voting rights for coaches within the governing body. A Coaching Committee was formed of BITA committee members and subsequently committee members were elected to the NISA Coaching Committee. A NISA Board member is also elected to represent coaches.
Membership of BITA is free of charge and is open to all qualified coaches from the UK and around the world. The membership of BITA consists of coaching members who train skaters from grassroots to elite levels of competition and Championship. BITA offers a recognized grading system which recognizes coaching achievements in the work place.
Life Time Achievement Awards – The Committee is delighted to have awarded Life Time Achievement Awards to Mr Courtney Jones OBE and Mr Bobby Thompson for their life long contribution to ice dance at all levels of the sport.
Mr Bobby Thompson and Mr Courtney Jones OBE.
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Join BITA UK
1Following the recent change in constitution BITA membership is now free. All qualified Ice Coaches are invited to join the association which in turn will make the association stronger. Find more
2The Association started life in 1936 when a small group of the top coaches in England got together to form the Ice Teachers Guild. This was the first Professional Coaches Association in the world! Find more
Parents & Skaters
3Choosing a coach can be quite a daunting task, especially if you are new to the sport. It is an important decision to find the right coach for yourself but it is probably even more vital to find the right coach for your child. Find more
4For all the latest and most upto date information on coaching please refer to the NISA Coaching page and the Sports Coach UK website for details on all of the relevant coaching seminars. Find more