The Lions Academy


On Friday 5th July 2013 we introduced the NRG Fuel Nottingham Lions Academy for players aged 10-16 years, based at the National Ice Centre.

“Striving For Excellence” is the main focus and we aim to provide a unique opportunity to elite Nottingham Ice Hockey Club (NIHC) players to further develop and nurture their hockey skills by educating, challenging and enhancing every aspect of their play – supporting them in reaching their individual potential both on and off the ice.

Another of The Academy’s aims is to complement and build on the coaching the players receive from their own team coach within the NIHC and support them in reaching their goals.

Players have been selected by their own team coaches to work alongside other players from other age groups within the NIHC in a professional, enthusiastic and positive environment. The Academy are also looking to introduce other off ice/classroom talks to assist with areas like mental focus, fitness and other sport specifics.

Head Coach Matt Bradbury was pleased how things have progressed so far, saying;

“The Academy is in its early stages and after running initial ‘prospects sessions’ we now have 34 players that form this year’s full academy through until end of May 2014.”

“It’s an exciting venture and in such a short space of time we are already seeing great improvements with some of the players skill set – the players are on the ice an extra hour per week and we have found that the added impetus of high intensity is already paying dividends.”

“We have so many ideas in mind to provide the best opportunity to the Nottingham players helping them to “Strive To Excellence!” – It’s exciting times for everyone involved.”

To be part of the Nottingham Lions Academy, you must be selected by your team coach .
These are from the under 12's, under 14' or under 16's A teams.