Students have the chance to try ice skating for the first time through a free programme for local schools. Skating's energetic twisting, spinning and jumping on ice makes it a lively alternative to commonly played school sports such as basketball, hockey or athletics. And that's its appeal, say students who have joined Swire Properties' Vision On Ice (VOI) programme. Figure skating sisters Cheryl and Sharon Leung showed more than 100 La Salle College students what the sport is all about during a recent presentation at their school. Cheryl, 14, and Sharon, 15, drew applause for their demonstration in the lecture hall which included spins and other athletic manoeuvres. 'We talked to them about how we balance school and competitive skating,' said Cheryl. 'I was surprised at how enthusiastic they were.' Twenty boys were given the chance to join five days of free skating at Festival Walk ice rink in Kowloon Tong last week, where experienced coaches from the VOI training scheme introduced the sport's basics. 'I didn't like the dancing aspect much, but I liked going fast around the rink,' said La Salle student Kinson Lam Kwan-chak, 16. Both the school visit and the on-ice sessions can be arranged to suit schools' regular schedules. The training can be held at either Cityplaza or Festival Walk. More than 20 schools have already signed up for the initiative. 'A lot of students want to try it out,' said 28-year-old Brian Chan Yan-ho, a coach for VOI. Swire Properties will accept as many students as it can, saying it wants to promote the sport in schools. 'Traditional school physical education lessons offer only a limited variety of activities,' said Marlo Gonzalez, skating services manager at Swire Properties. 'By introducing this free programme for schools, we aim to inject excitement into the traditional curriculum, in which ice skating has never been made accessible.' The programme - offered on a first-come, first-served basis - will continue until August next year. Enrolment letters and posters have been sent out to schools. For more details, call Benson Leung at Cityplaza on 2844 8626, or Patrick Kong at Festival Walk on 2844 3528.