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 Bradford Ice Arena Thursday and Saturday nights and is free for all members, as well informal skating sessions during the week. We also host a variety of socials when not on the ice ranging from nights out to meals and of course watching Ice Hockey. 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 were undefeated in the BUIHA Division 4 league for the 2015-16 season and subsequently formed a second team. Our A team going on to win the BUIHA Division 2 league in the 2016-17 league and be put forward for promotion to Division 1 (The highest attainable by a University team!), meanwhile the B team trained up a strong squad in Division 4 and presented a tough challenge in their league. 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.
This year will see the opening of Leeds’s very own Ice Arena, neighbouring the Elland Road football stadium. This will make room for even more accessible training, and the possibility of starting a new Varsity series bringing a world-renowned, exciting spectator sport right to the heart of the city. There’s no better time to join.
Free weekly training sessions take place at Bradford Ice Arena:
B team on Thursday, 10.30PM-12AM
A team and mixed on Saturdays, 10.30PM-12AM
Informal skating lessons on Wednesday afternoons, 11AM-3.30PM (entry to the rink required)
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 home and once away, giving plenty of opportunity for a challenge and respite from uni work.
Players in the A team will face formidable, full contact competition from Manchester, Hull, Sheffield, Northumbria and Nottingham; while the B team will face off in non-checking ice Hockey against Bradford, Sheffield, Newcastle Women’s
Towards both ends of the league season we will play a range of friendly challenge matches, for both new and experienced players. And new for the 2017-18 year, we intend to start running an annual internal challenge match for the spectators, featuring the full spectacle expected at a Leeds Varsity match!
Membership and Kit
Membership is offered in two tiers, non-playing membership at £45 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 £95, covering registration and insurance for the league, required for any member playing in a team. All members have access to offers and discounts provided by our sponsors and Puckstop in Sheffield (Kit shop).
Playing kit can be rented for £5 per session, however these are limited in number 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; through our facebook, twitter or 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