What we’re all about
We are a mixed gender club who welcome all abilities and experiences, catering to students and staff members at any Leeds based academic institution, from Leeds Beckett, Leeds College of Art and more. Training is held at Planet Ice Leeds on Tuesday/Thursday evenings, these training sessions are free for all members. We also host a variety of socials when not on the ice, ranging from nights out to meals and of course watching Ice Hockey. Our club is made up of 3 competitive teams and a beginner team, making us one of the largest ice hockey clubs in the UK. Described as one of the friendliest sports societies around, coupled with the fastest team sport in the world, excitement is guaranteed!
Despite our youth - having formed in 2015 - Leeds Gryphons Ice Hockey Club have won 2 Divisional titles and 3 Conference titles while playing in Division 4 all the way up to Division 1 of the BUIHA (the highest level of British University ice hockey)! The club gained Gryphons status in 2016 joining the other sport societies in representing the university in top-tier sport and access to exceptional facilities.
Free weekly training sessions take place at the soon to be open Planet Ice Leeds:
Mixed on Tuesdays, 8PM-9PM
- Mixed on Thursdays, 9:45PM-10:45PM
Games on Sundays, 9:30PM-11PM
- Training will continue at Bradford from September - end of October, at which point we will move to the Leeds rink permanently.
Informal skating lessons on Wednesday afternoons at Bradford, 11AM-3.30PM (entry to the rink required) -(Timetable for public skating sessions TBC at Planet Ice Leeds)
Weekly skills, fitness and conditioning sessions will be run throughout the year, offering an opportunity to hone your stickhandling, explosive power and agility. Utilising the EDGE sports halls and the great outdoors to boost your on-ice ability.
Players who would like to experience Ice Hockey but are still getting their ice legs are more than welcome to join the off-ice sessions and advance onto the ice at their own pace.
Through the year we run regular socials ranging from club nights out, meals, film nights and even going to watch Ice Hockey matches at the Sheffield Arena.
In April we will attend the BUIHA Nationals, a weekend packed with tournament Ice Hockey and socialising with other teams in Sheffield. Not to be missed!
At the beginning of the summer term, we host our annual Award Ceremony and AGM, where we present trophies and awards for a range of accomplishments: the very best performers; the most enthusiastic; and those who have improved the most; among others. A very friendly round off to the year and introduction of the new year’s committee.
For those who play in one of the teams, league games are played between November and March against teams from other Universities from around the north of England, and upon winning the Northern Division, against the winning team from the south. Each team is played twice, once at our home rink and once away, giving plenty of opportunity for a challenge and respite from uni work.
Players in the A team have been promoted to the highest division of University Ice Hockey in the UK (Division 1 Checking), facing formidable, full contact competition from Sheffield, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Nottingham; while the B team will face off in non-checking Ice Hockey against Northumbria, Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester (Division 1 Non-Checking). For the first time, we are entering a C team into the University cup competition. After making the finals at nationals, our Leeds Gryphons C team are all grown up and this season will be a force to be reckoned with as they enter their first Cup Competition - Div 3 Non-Checking!
Towards both ends of the league season we will play a range of friendly challenge matches, for both new and experienced players. And for the 2018-19 year, we hope to take part in the second annual War of the Roses Varsity Match against the Manchester Metros which was attended by over a thousand spectators last year!
Membership and Kit
Membership is offered in two tiers, non-playing membership at ~£95 is available to those wishing to participate in training sessions, society events and make use of the facilities including free sports massages. Full membership is ~£150, covering registration/insurance for the league, required for any member playing in a team and it also covers all training sessions/games.
Playing kit can be rented for £5 per session and are given on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please request in advance as they are not stored at the rink. You will be required to purchase your own full Ice Hockey kit as you progress through the year, however many sources of cheap and second-hand kit are available to assist with the cost.
Playing jerseys can be purchased after the beginning of the season, while jumpers, non-play jerseys and other merchandise can be purchased through the store here.
For further information
Don’t hesitate to contact us via email, if you have a specific query please use one of the separate emails below:
General inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment inquiries: email@example.com
Coaching & Training Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fixtures Information: email@example.com
Sponsorship, Merchandise and Media: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Regarding Socials: email@example.com
Alternatively find us on our social media accounts: Facebook, twitter and Instagram; or speak to one of us in person if you see us around Uni or at a match.
We look forward to seeing you on the ice