Ice hockey champs set up coaching deal with ice rink

Launch: Tom Squires.
Launch: Tom Squires.
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Youngsters in Doncaster are set to learn new skills on the ice thanks to a deal between a borough leisure venue and the British Ice Hockey champions.

Coaches from the Sheffield Steelers, who once again topped the Elite League for the 2010-11 season, will be heading to the Doncaster Dome to run block lessons in ice hockey basics.

Tom Squires, one of the Steelers players, and club mascot, Steeler Dan, visited the Dome yesterday to launch the new sessions and meet fans.

The partnership, run in conjunction with PTC sports, will see youngsters from across the region learn everything from facing off to freezing the puck, and saucer passing to slap shots.

Michael Hart, interim chief executive of the Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust which runs the Dome, said: “This is a great partnership which will enable us to bring the best of the best to Doncaster.

“The fact that people from the town can now learn Ice Hockey skills from professionals who are at the top of their game is fantastic. The ice rink at the Dome is very popular and we are pleased to be able to offer something new to our customers.”

Lessons, which will be run as a six-week block, start at the Dome on Wednesday, June 15, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm for 11-16-year-olds; on Thursday, June 16, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm for 11-16-year-olds; and on Friday, June 17, between 3.45pm and 5pm for six-10-year-olds.