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 non-disabled and disabled people 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 IPC World Tournaments
Photo: British Para Ice Hockey
“That first time I’ll never forget how different it felt to any other sports that I had done, mainly due to the fact that it wasn’t in a wheelchair, coupled with how the sledge glided & moved. It just gave me a sense of speed that I had never had and it was physically challenging.” Karl Nicholson (former WheelPower Activity Advisor (Southport) and player for Manchester Mayhem)
The sport in action
The Sheffield Steelkings had BBC Look North come along to one of their sledge hockey training sessions at IceSheffield: