Ice Hockey: The search is on for skating stars of the future

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iceSheffield has signed a new four-year contract extension to host Best of British Ice Hockey Camps, providing more opportunities to help young people get into the sport.

The camps, which provide the first steps into ice hockey, have already allowed more than 2,000 people from across Sheffield to play the sport.

A number have also progressed to teams in the Elite League and English Premier League, including Robert Dowd, Ben Bowns and Tom Squires.

Former Sheffield Steeler Tom, who now plays in the Elite League for Hull Stingrays, attended the camps as a youngster and is now a head coach.

Mandy Parker, general manager at iceSheffield, said: “The camps have provided a successful feed of young players into the sport by offering training at beginner level right through to Academy standard.

“By agreeing to the extension we will take our partnership with the camps to ten years.”

iceSheffield, managed by Sheffield International Venues, has a growing national reputation for Ice Hockey. It has played host to the Sheffield Steelers, Sheffield Steeldogs and Sheffield Junior Ice Hockey Club.

The facility, which was the first Ice Hockey UK (IHUK) Centre of Excellence, also provides a ‘Learn to Play’ scheme which introduces the sport and the chance to progress to the camps.

Sheffield Lasers, Sheffield Ice Hockey Academy’s under-12 team, were crowned national champions in 2013, with 14 members of their squad coming through the Learn to Play scheme at iceSheffield.