In what was the first of its kind, over twenty ethusiastic hockey players took part in the Nottingham Lions' Adult Ice Hockey Skills & Drills One Day Clinic, at the National Ice Centre on Saturday 21st February.
For the excellent price of just £40, adult players from Recreational and University teams got the chance to hit the main arena ice for a total of four hours, whilst Lions head coach Matt Bradbury, assistant coach Paul Glossop and Nottingham Ice Hockey Club head coach Mike Urquhart imparted their collective wisdom.
A selection of Lions players were also in attendance to assist with proceedings, alongside Olympian and Team GB short-track speed skater Jack Whelbourne, who was also on hand to help the players work on their skating technique.
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.
Each player who booked onto the clinic also received two complimentary tickets to last Sunday's thrilling 2-2 home draw against the Telford Tigers.
Below is a small selection of the feedback received from the day:
"The clinic day was fantastic I got so much out of it. All the instructors were very supportive and gave me loads of positive feedback on the ice and the atmosphere was fun. It was a brilliant experience and I will be looking forward to the next one!"
"I cannot praise Matt and the Lions players enough for their effort, patience and attention to detail at the Adult Hockey Clinic. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and would definitely like to attend one again."
"I thought the session on speed and power skating was great. I loved the drills, including ice skating techniques and shooting skills."
"The clinic was extremely well run and having never skated at the NIC before I was made to feel at home straight away. I feel that I have definitely gained something from the sessions, especially the work on my skating stride. This was largely down to having Jack Whelbourne GB Speed Skater on hand. Having someone who has in depth knowledge on what it is that ensures that you get the most out push was a great asset."
Keep your eyes peeled for more news on another Lions clinic, with an announcement just a few days away.
Don't forget you can next catch the Lions in NIHL Laidler D2 action on Sunday 15th March, when they host the Blackburn Eagles at the NIC (7.30pm). Ticket details are available by clicking here.