The Birmingham Lions Ice Hockey club is based at the University of Birmingham with players from all of the Birmingham Higher Education institutes. After a successful 2012-13 season, the Birmingham Eagles rebranded and became the Lions that exist today, in order to identify more strongly with the rest of the UoB sports clubs.
The club runs two teams in the British University Ice Hockey Association cup competitions – As and Bs, playing in division I (checking) and division I (non-checking) respectively. The club also runs a weekly beginner’s session, and in doing so caters to people of all abilities, ranging from those who may never have set foot on the ice, to seasoned players with 10+ years of experience. Additionally, the club is aiming to become amongst the first clubs to enter a women’s team into the BUIHA Cup Competition. The club has a strong social side, with regular social events, such as Sports Night and regular curries, as well as off-ice training for the whole club, including football and track training.
The club runs a beginners session on Wednesday’s during terms one and two, for people who are new to ice hockey or skating in general – no experience is needed. During the session, we provide you with all of the equipment you need to get started, including skates. Our coaches will introduce the basics of skating / ice hockey to you depending on your skating ability and over the course of the session teach you important skills which you can build upon over future sessions. We have a specific beginners’ Facebook Group where you can ask any questions you may have, and get to know other new Lions. For more information about training, including times and costs, visit the training page.
If you are an experienced hockey player with your own kit and would like to play for one of the teams in the 2013-14 season, please get in touch with us by joining our Facebook group, or you can email us from the contact page). The club has a small supply of spare kits which we may be able to lend to players if they aren’t able to bring their own kit from home immediately. For more information about training, including times and costs, visit the training page.