Extra-Curricular Activities: Rollerblading at Roller Sports

Some two years back, I took G1 to have a whirl at ice skating. Halfway around the rink, I discovered what a terrible idea it was. One bit of advice we got from the ice skating coach was to try rollerblading first because it is a little easier than ice skating. So here we are…

Rollerblading / Inline Skating Lessons

To date, I only know of two places where you can get lessons:

1. Skateline at Kiara Park in TTDI and the Skateline Outlet in Section 17

  • outdoor only
  • available weekdays and weekends
  • group or individual
  • require own gear for lessons at TTDI
  • RM250 for 5 x 1hr sessions

2. Roller Sports in Bangsar Shopping Centre

  • indoor roller rink
  • must pre-book
  • one-to-one only
  • gear provided
  • RM50 per 1hr session

Roller Sports in Bangsar Shopping Centre

Since G1 was demonstrating an interest to try rollerblading, I signed him up for one lesson at Roller Sports in BSC.

Why Roller Sports instead of Skateline?

  • Because a smooth indoor surface is kinder to the skin if you fall and I didn’t want G1 packing up to go home after his first fall.
  • Also because there are walls in an indoor roller rink that provide “support”.
  • Last but not least, they provide gear – I wasn’t sure that G1 would want to go blading again after this. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure if he would last the hour long lesson.

To G1’s credit, and his instructor’s, he lasted more than the hour. In fact, he did much better than I had hoped for. He began the session with a death-grip on the instructor’s hand:

Within minutes, he could rollerblade without holding onto the instructor:

And here he is after the lesson – going it alone:

We like to think that just because we know how to do something that we are capable teachers for it. Unfortunately, I have discovered that when it comes to my son and activities like these, I am the last person to be “teaching” him how it’s done. It doesn’t matter that I can rollerblade – he will never let go of my hand because I am Mum and he will always cling to my apron strings unless I cut him loose. I think I have come to accept that.

Benefits of Rollerblading for Children

According to Active Activities, Rollerblading:

  • strengthens and tones the thighs, calves, and hamstrings
  • is a great cardiovascular workout
  • develops balance, coordination, and agility
  • is a good precursor to other sports like ice skating, biking, skateboarding, skiing, and snowboarding

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Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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