Para Ice Hockey is played across the UK, with teams in Peterborough/Cambridge, Cardiff, Manchester and Sheffield.

The sport is open to anyone over the age of 18, with teams seeing both able bodied and disabled players playing alongside each other. Each club will have spare equipment for players to use and will run “come and try” sessions.

The GB National Teams are made up of players with a classifiable disability, with the Men’s and Women’s GB teams competing at WPIH World Tournaments.

I love being involved with the sport of Para Ice Hockey!

Since my motorbike accident many sports are out of the question for my knees, but not this.

I love playing and coaching this highly skilled, fast paced, physical team sport and would definitely recommend everyone to get in touch with their local club to give it a try for themselves.

JAKE OAKLEY, Sheffield Steelkings

I knew from my first few sessions that para ice hockey was for me! It didn’t matter that I spent most of the time falling over, it was the first time I let down my guard and experienced genuine belly laughs since leaving the Army.
The best thing for me, is the mutual understanding that ‘we all have to start somewhere’ and there is always someone on hand to lend an ear, or offer some friendly advice.

STACEY QUIRK, Peterborough Phantoms

I was introduced to the sport in 2013 whilst on a winter sports camp in Whistler, Canada. I quickly grew to love the sport and found every time I got on the ice I felt free.

I am a competitive person and will always strive to be the best that I can be or be the best in the team. Once I put my mind to something I will always achieve my goal no matter how many times it takes me to complete it.

– Para Ice Hockey –

Para Ice Hockey is played by a wide range of players with a variety of mobility limitations: amputees, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, along with anyone who has a permanent disability that limits participation in stand up hockey. In addition, with the exception of the highest level of competition, non-disabled players are encouraged to participate.

It is a great form of exercise and fitness. It increases strength and coordination and also conditions the upper body. The balance used to propel, play the puck, and turn and stop gives arms, back and abdominal muscles a workout. Those who play regularly quickly notice an increase in overall strength and balance both on and off the ice.