Nottingham Lions staff and players are heading back to the classroom over the next two weeks in the run up to their big relegation playoff final second leg clash with local rivals, Sutton Sting.
Head Coach Matt Bradbury along with players Michael Rose, Callum Worthington-Evans and Ryan Rathbone went to visit pupils at Blue Bell Hill Primary School in St. Anns on Tuesday and set a up a mini hockey session with the kids before handing out vouchers to every pupil allowing them to gain discounted entry to the big Nottinghamshire derby game at the National Ice Centre on Sunday 13th May.
Bradbury said; “It’s a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of not only the playoff game but also to pass on the love of ice hockey onto these young children.”
“A lot of these youngsters will have never seen ice hockey before and its an opportunity to offer a schools ticket offer for them and their famillies to get along and see some top sport action in the National Ice Centre.”
Right Winger Michael Rose was eager to promote the game to the kids and said “I’ve played ice hockey from an early age, and have really made many friends in Nottingham and across the country. Hockey is such a great team sport and I can honestly say I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Callum Worthington-Evans was also keen to spread the hockey gospel, saying; “I coach beginner ice hockey players at the National Ice Centre from four to seven years of age on the squirts programme and can recommend that any children or parents that may be interested in trying ice hockey to get in touch and give it a go, especially while the kids are young!”
Next week, the Lions will be visting Willow Farm School in Gedling and Haddon Primary School in Carlton to meet the pupils to hand out more vouchers.
With plenty at stake for both sides this game promises to be a cracker and the Lions organisation are pulling out all the stops to ensure there is a bumper crowd inside the Capital FM Arena to cheer on the Lions come faceoff at 5pm.
The first leg takes place on Saturday 12th May at Ice Sheffield, followed by the return leg just 24 hours later back in Nottingham with the winner over the two legs securing their place in next season’s ENL Division 1 North.
Children (Under 16) & OAP’s £3.00
Students (with NUS Card) £2.50
Panthers Season Ticket Holders (must show Panthers Season Ticket) £3.00
Tickets are available in advance from the Arena Box Office or via the Arena Ticket Hotline – 0843 373 3000.
Tickets will be available to buy from the Arena Box Office on the day of the game but we strongly recommend you arrive early to avoid any possible queues.