The Nottingham Lions were involved in a fun-filled evening of Sport Relief fund-raising activities, on the evening of 6th March, at the National Ice Centre.
All Smiles: The Lions on the ice with the team from Sainsbury's Beeston.
Sport Relief is a biennial charity event from the creators of Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world's poorest countries.
Once again, this year's event aims to bring the entire nation together to get active, have fun and raise life-changing cash between Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March.
The Lions began own their busy evening of events by skating a mile, alongside staff from Sainsbury's in Beeston, helping each other to complete fifteen laps of the pad at the NIC.
Lions' Craig Wallis and Christy Johnson-Brown lend a hand during the skate a mile.
Lions Head Coach Matt Bradbury was delighted to have the team from Sainsbury's down to join in the festivities; saying,
"We really enjoy working on projects like this for such a worthy cause like Sport Relief."
"When Anne from Sainsbury's Beeston contacted us to get involved, we jumped at the chance. It was particularly nice have Andy Gilliott (a single leg amputee) join the rest of his colleagues in one of the purpose built ice sledges. Ice skating and ice hockey are inclusive sports and we were so glad that Andy was able to join in the sponsored skate a mile."
Things then speeded up a little, as the British Military Combined Services ice hockey squad joined the boys on the ice, with each side's quickest five skaters battling it out to find the fastest team, over fifteen laps of the ice. The Lions came out the victors, crossing the finish line with a good few seconds to spare over their worthy opponents.
Christy Johnson-Brown keeps up with his opponent from the Combined Services team.
The fun and games then took a more familiar turn for Bradbury's players, as they then took on the servicemen from the Army, Navy and RAF in a full training game, which saw the Lions' assistant coach Simon Hopkins leave his usual position on the home bench, to fulfill his other role as head coach of the Combined Services team.
In a closely-fought clash, Nottingham edged out their opponents by a 2-1 scoreline, Dan Hazeldine putting the Lions 1-0 up before their guests found an equaliser with twenty minutes remaining. Under 16's player Kieran Raynor then grabbed the winner for the Lions, with less than a minute left on the clock, after his shot through traffic from the point found it's way into the net.
Players and coaches from both sides gather for a group photo after the game.
A selection of photographs from the evening's events can be found by clicking here.
Anyone wishing to donate towards this fantastic cause, can do so via the bucket collection circulating before, during and after the Lions' final home game of the season against Hull Jets on Sunday 30th March.