Start to Play – Special Ice Hockey course in the Birmingham Area

The following information comes from Leisurebox about an exciting new opportunity for teenagers and young adults with special needs to learn to play Ice Hockey in the Birmingham area.

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Start to Play Ice Hockey (for those with a Learning/Development Disability)

Starting on 31st October 2011 we will be running a free Start to Play Ice Hockey course.  These courses are designed to teach you the basics of ice hockey in an informal setting without any expectations or pressures.  Sessions are delivered with an understanding that mainstream coaching is not always suitable for people with a learning/development disability and so start to play is delivered using a variety of suitable techniques.

Start to Play is a great way to try the energetic and exciting game of ice hockey which builds confidence, improves skating skills and encourages teamwork on the ice.

This structured, six-week course is suitable for anybody between the ages of 14 -25 who is able to stand upright and skate forward on the ice without holding on to the barrier. It provides a way to make new friends, get a great introduction to ice hockey and allows you to learn new skills.

All equipment is provided and the sessions will be led by experienced coaches.

Anyone 14 – 25 with a learning or development disability is encouraged to take part.  Common learning or development disabilities are;

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Down Syndrome
  • Neurological Disorders (i.e. Tourette’s Syndrome)
  • Cerebral Palsy

The six week course is free and anyone who attends 5 of the 6 sessions will receive the following;

  • Free skating
  • Discounts on attending Learn to Skate or Learn to Play courses
  • Chance to join hockey and skating programmes

To book your place on the course, please see a member of Leisurebox staff at the rink or use the contact details on the Leisurebox website here

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One Response to “Start to Play – Special Ice Hockey course in the Birmingham Area”
  1. News has reached us that this programme has averaged 35 players every week! We look forward to meeting the BASH team for a match in the future!

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