YOUNGSTERS got their skates on to enjoy free sessions at the ice rink in Greenock.

The Waterfront Leisure Complex was one of just nine facilities across the UK selected to take part in an initiative run by car sales website in partnership with British Ice Skating.

The aim was to deliver over 1,000 free ice skating sessions for families around the country.

It was the second consecutive year the Waterfront rink was involved and keen skaters turned out to make the most of the opportunity.

Children aged between eight and 15, accompanied by their parents and guardians, took advantage of 100 complementary sessions that were up for grabs.

Richard Evans, head of technical services at, said: "We're delighted to have partnered with British Ice Skating again this winter and ten ice rinks across the UK to host this series of festive family events.

"Over the years we've bought many thousands of cars from customers in the Inverclyde area and we're pleased to be giving something back to the local community."

Skates were also provided free of charge to encourage more young people to take up the sport, particularly in the run-up to Christmas when the activity increases in popularity.

Michelle Draper, chief executive of British Skating, said: "Britain has produced a number of exceptional skaters over the years and we're always keen for new skaters to have a go, you never know when the next Torvill and Dean are going to come along.

"Ice skating is a great activity for all the family to enjoy and be active together. "We're on a mission to engage more people in the sport and hope that these events helped spark a new-found love for ice skating in those that are new to the sport."