Welcome to the 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.
Betty and Roy Callaway award for Exceptional Services
Joan Slater MBE being presented with the new Betty and Roy Callaway award for Exceptional Services to Ice Dance by Peter Morrissey. Joan was surrounded by family, friends and skaters at a champagne reception in Stockport – the press were also in attendance. Joan is the first recipient of the Betty and Roy Callaway award.
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