In association with the National Ice Centre, the Nottingham Lions are delighted to announce their first ever Junior Ice Hockey Skills & Drills One Day Clinic, which will take place on Thursday 9th April 2015.

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After the success of the Lions' first ever adult clinic back in in February, they are now turning their attentions to junior players and for the great value price of just £40, this fantastic opportunity will include 3.5 hours of ice time on the main arena pad and a whole host of exciting extras.

The sessions will be coached by Matt Bradbury (Head Coach - Nottingham Lions) and Mike Urquhart (Head Coach - Nottingham Ice Hockey Club & National Ice Centre), whilst Olympian and Team GB short track speed skater Jack Whelbourne will be providing a half-hour session on maximising your skating stride and technique.

The day clinic is aimed at pushing all participants' games to the next level, whilst having a fun and enjoyable experience. Areas covered include working on your basic skills, more challenging drills to improve your skill set, enhancing shooting, passing and sticks skills along with more game-like drills.

The on-ice sessions will take place between 11.30am to 1.00pm, 1.15-2.45pm and 4.15-4.45pm, whilst other guest coaches (to be announced) will also be in attendance to assist with the on ice activities.

Each player booking onto the clinic will also be able to attend a specially arranged meet and greet with the Team GB mens ice hockey team, prior to that night's game against Poland at the National Ice Centre (7.30pm face off), as well as observing a 30 minute Team Poland training session.

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Clearly looking forward to the event, Matt Bradbury spoke to nottinghamlions.co.uk this week and said:

"We're really excited to be working with the National Ice Centre again and with it being the half term Easter break, what better way to spend it than on the ice, working hard, having fun and furthering your hockey skills.  We'll be working the players hard with their fundamental skills, as well and looking to enhance and fine tune their stick handling, passing and shooting."

Speaking about the special added extras to the clinic, Bradbury went on to add:

"Jack (Whelbourne) is a world class speed skater and to have him at hand, engaging and working alongside the kids will be an amazing experience for all the players. He loves his hockey and really enjoys seeing the improvements that can be made to a players technique in such a short period of time."

"Every kid playing hockey aspires to pull on the red, white and blue, to play at the top level for their country and having the chance to meet players from the senior GB team that will have gone through the same development process within their own junior clubs,  will hopefully inspire them to push their own game on even further and it will obviously great for them to get autographs too!"

The sessions are aimed at any players aged 16 and under, with a minimum of two years playing experience and are open to youngsters from anywhere in the UK, not just NIHC members.

To book a place on the clinic or to find out more, contact the National Ice Centre via telephone on 0843 373 3000 or visit www.national-ice-centre.com.

Friday, 13 March 2015.
Simon Ball-McQueen - Media Manager