Ice skating

Will we have natural ice this winter or maybe even the first Elfstede-tour after more than twenty years: who does not dream? Starting in October, long before the real winter starts, you can learn how to skate at the Jaap Edenbaan in Amsterdam East and work on your skating capabilities.

VU Sports Centre provides training for beginners, for speed devils and everything in between. You work on your skating technique and your fitness at the same time. In the outdoors, because the Jaap Edenbaan is uncovered. Only students and graduates (up to one year after graduation, date of issue 30 September 2016) may participate in our skating training. SKITS student members can participate in the skating course automatically. You can participate in training sessions several times a week. (Almost) All trainings are accessible to skaters of any level. You will receive instructions based on your level of skills. The training always goes through, but NOT during thunderstorms.

Time schedule
Monday 17.00 - 18.15
Monday 20.30 - 21.45
Tuesday 21.00 - 22.15
Wednesday 8.00 - 9.00*
Wednesday 9.20 - 10.20* 
Thursday 17.00 - 18.15 
Friday ATTENTION! Every even week (starting from week 42) 14.00 - 15.15* Jaap Edenbaan; every odd week (starting from week 43) 15.00 - 17.00 at IJsbaan Haarlem
Saturday 12.00 - 13.15

Every training is preceded by a warming up, 30 minutes before the skating practice. The practices with *: sign-up before practice via

You will have to pay two different rates: the skating course and the entrance of the skating rink.

- The Jaap Edenbaan gives students nice discounts on entrance of the skating rink. Ask about the rates at the Jaap Edenbaan.

- Registration for the course is possible at the counter of one of our locations: Uilenstede or university campus. It is also possible to register online. To do so, go to After logging in (if you are already a member or have been at Sports Centre VU, use the same email address and ask for your password via "password") or after creating a new account, you can go to 'Memberships' under 'What's on offer'. Here you will find the ice skating course (in Dutch: schaatsen).

Student Association SKITS
A.S.S.W.S.V. SKITS is the only student skating, cycling and ice skating association of Amsterdam. At SKITS you can practice at all levels, meet many students, celebrate and develop with one of the many committees! Check:

You can borrow ice skates from Kees at the ice skating rink. There are no additional charges. Gloves are mandatory, a hat is recommended. Make sure you are dressed for the weather conditions. Bring sport shoes for the warming up. Each training starts with instruction / warming up next to the ice rink.

For all your questions regarding the skating practices, contact trainer Kees de Vrij:; 06 21275720.