Just under thirty enthusiastic, young ice hockey players took part in the first ever Nottingham Lions' Junior Ice Hockey Skills & Drills One Day Clinic, at the National Ice Centre on Thursday 9th April.
For the fantastic price of just £40, Under-16 players from Nottingham and beyond got the chance to hit the main arena ice for a total of four hours, with coaching sessions led by Matt Bradbury (Head Coach - Nottingham Lions) and Mike Urquhart (Head Coach - Nottingham Ice Hockey Club & National Ice Centre).
Lions captain Luke Thomas was also in attendance to assist with proceedings, whilst Olympian and Team GB short track speed skater Jack Whelbourne provided a half-hour session on maximising skating strides and techniques.
The sessions were aimed at pushing all participants' games to the next level and provided a great opportunity to work on basic skills, enhancing shooting, passing and sticks skills, agility and conditioning, whilst having a fun and enjoyable experience.
Some of the clinic participants with the Great Britain men's squad.
Each youngster who booked onto the clinic also had the unique experience of observing the men's Polish national side train on the arena ice before then participating in a specially arranged meet & greet with the Great Britain team, prior to their clash with the Poles at the Capital FM Arena, later that evening.
Below are just two examples of the feedback that was received from the fun-packed day:
“Just a short note to say how much my son enjoyed the clinic and also how positive he was about how much he learned. He only really started playing for a team this year but is really enjoying it and clinics like this one can only help progression.”
“My eight year old attended the one day clinic today, he is fairly new to ice hockey and only done a hand full of clinics. He was buzzing after today's clinic, very hard work but very enjoyable. Please could you thank all the coaches/organisers for such a great day, especially meeting the GB team which was a treat. He will be very keen to do other clinics after today.”
GB internationals and ex-Lions Jack Prince and Robert Lachowicz catch up with members of their former team.
After the success of the Lions' first ever adult clinic back in February, it looks very likely that further day camps will be organised in the near future, so keep checking back at nottinghamlions.co.uk for further information.