Popular sport back in Blackpool

Members of new ice hockey junior team which is forming at Cleveleys Ice Rink
Members of new ice hockey junior team which is forming at Cleveleys Ice Rink
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IT’S been missing from the Fylde coast for 30 years – but now a group of ice hockey enthusiasts are bringing the sport back to the area.

The Fylde Coast Ice Hockey Club is set on giving adrenaline junkies something new to try with specialised training at Cleveleys’ new ice rink, Sub Zero Ice Arena.

Chris Meikle, head development coach for juniors, said: “We are passionate about getting ice hockey on the Fylde coast. It’s been 30 years since we last had ice hockey in this area and it’s been a long wait.

“With the opening of a new ice rink at Cleveleys, we – a group of ice hockey enthusiasts – decided to form a brand new club.

“We want to have a senior team and junior sections playing games as soon as possible.”

The senior team, who have been named The Fylde Coast Flyers, have already started training ready for the new season.

But now the club organisers are recruiting for the junior teams – under 10s, under 12s, under 14s, under 16s and under 18s.

Mr Meikle added: “We have got 30 kids in the age group five to 18 but we need more.

“Some players from the Blackpool Seagulls, which ceased in 1989, have got involved – people who have been involved in hockey for a long time so we are not starting from scratch as such.

“Even if you have never played or skated before, we’ll be there to help you play this great game.

“We have got helmets, gloves and sticks to lend out to anyone who wants to give it a go.

“There will be equal opportunities for boys and girls. We will be looking to create a ladies team.

“If you are brand new to ice hockey it’ll be a great time to start.

“Ice hockey is brilliant for teaching social interaction, team skills and it’s great to keep fit.”

The club is also looking for sponsors and managers for each team as well as events officials, goal judges and stewards.

Ice hockey training session take place on Thursdays between 6pm and 7.30pm and Sundays between 6pm and 7.15pm.

Anyone who would like to join The Fylde Coast Ice Hockey Club can call head coach David Anthony on 07931577021 or Mick Caunce, secretary of the club, on 07595393277.