Let's Try Skating and get Scotland Rolling


Heel-brake hell! Need to get it sorted?

Skate Class


  • Is this your problem?
  • Can skate, can't stop?
  • Holding everyone back?
  • Can't get the hang of it?
  • Lost confidence?
  • Hopeless on hills?
  • Everyone laughs?
  • Thinking of chucking it?

Well here is the opportunity to join the HEEL-BRAKE CLINIC where help is at hand for the skater that still needs to master stopping.


The HEEL-BRAKE CLINIC will help to

  • Improve technique
  • Build confidence.
  • Learn to stop on hills.
  • Master difficult surfaces.
  • Experience stopping on the streets.

Always check before travelling in case dates or times have changed or the clinic is weather cancelled.

Dates and start times posted on the Events page of TrySkating.




Heel-Brake Stance

Here's a photo of the Inline Planet's very own Kathy McSparran demonstrating the classic scissor stance when using the heel-brake.


  • Where do we meet? At Bellahouston Leisure Centre car park, G52 1HH.. (Don't confuse this with the Ski Centre at the other end of the park.) Please come early to fit skates and put on pads.
  • How much? The clinic costs £5 payable on the day. (If you have been to any of TrySkating's skate sessions previously then the Heel-Clinic is free.) 
  • How long? A skating hour.
  • I can't stop at all? That is exactly why you should come.
  • Can I hire skates? Yes, you can but you need to order two days before at the latest. 07733 276 902 is the number to call or text. Special clinic hire charge of £3 includes safety pads but not a helmet.
  • What do I need to wear? Safety pads and a helmet are seriously recommended. You skate without them at your own risk. Full emphasis on safety when outdoor skating. Skates must have an attached heel-brake.
  • I'm not coming by car. Is there anywhere to leave my backpack? Yes, you can leave your backpack/shoes/etc, in Don's van while you skate. Don't forget to pick up your possessions before you leave.
  • Travelling by Public Transport? Best come by bus, type Bellahouston into the inquiry box for the bus that suits you best. Ibrox Underground Station is a brisk 10min walk. Dumbreck Rail Station is also about a 10min+ walk.
  • Any services nearby? The Bellahouston Leisure Centre has a cafe and toilets.
  • What if it is raining? We do not skate in the rain. If it is one of those Scottish weather days that looks as if it might/might not rain and you are not sure whether to travel 'phone 07733 276 902 to find out if the Heel-Brake Clinic is on.


Don't forget skating is a balancing activity. You skate at your own risk. Wear your safety pads and a helmet at all times. You have a duty of care to yourself as well as to others.