Monday, 10 November 2014

2014 Junior Captain scoops 'Dream Team' Award

This year's Banbury Bulldogs Junior Captain, Harris Turner, was one of four players chosen from the entire SASH (Southern Association Skater Hockey) League for this year's SASH Dream Team.

He was presented with a magnificent trophy at the end of season SASH presentations held at Spiceball Leisure Centre on October 26th.

Junior Dream Team Players: Josh Hickman (Oxford), Will Harding (Swindon), Harris Turner (Banbury), Nathan Moss (Ash), N/M Jake Sylvester (Swindon)

Coach - Alan Harding, Swindon
Top Goal Scorer - Josh Hickman (2014 GB Captain), Oxford
Fair Play Award - Ash Avalanche


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sunday, 12 January 2014

And this year's Captains & Assists are . . .

And in no particular order and the only ones announced so far . . . 

Junior Captain - Harris Turner
Assist - Jai Robinson

Senior Captain - Wilf Illife
Assist - Zach Robinson

Congratulations from everyone at the Club :)

Youth Captain - Alex Ryder
Assist - Chris Lai

Pee Wee Captain - James Fallick
Assist - Ben Capel

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Friday, 13 December 2013


Just to let everyone know that tomorrow's friendlys vs Chippy have been cancelled.

Yes, our latest signings for pee wee, Josh (age 6) & David (age 4) are absolutely gutted, they were so excited about playing their first 'proper' match as Bulldogs :)

The good news is that hopefully we can rearrange both matches for sometime in January, fingers crossed.

Anyhoo, training as usual tomorrow please Bulldogs. See you there.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

And this years winners are . . . . .

Pee Wee
Player's Player  -  Ellen Ryder
Managers Award  -  Ted Allen
Coaches Award  -  Tom Allen

Player's Player  -  Tom Ravenscroft 
Managers Award  -  Chris Lai
Coaches Award  -  Jack Abbott 

Player's Player  -  'Super Dave' AKA Dave Ballaam
Managers Award  -  'Super Dave'
Coaches Award  -  Jai Robinson

Player's Player  -  'Super Dave'
Managers Award  -  Darren Capel
Coaches Award  -  Harris Turner

Club Person of the Year Award  -  Fiona Turner

Pee Wee Points Competition
1st Place  -  Ellen Ryder
2nd Place  -  Ted Allen
3rd Place  -  Aimee Wakelin

'Big Brother' Street Hockey Awards
Ricci's Award  -  Josh Williams
Harris's Award  -  Simon Grey
Jack's Award  -  Louis Biswell

Congratulations & Well Done Everyone


Saturday, 7 December 2013

Good Luck Magic!

Player in 5 previous National Championships
1 x winners, 2 x times runner up
Regional Champions x 7 times, 1 x runner up
Played in 2 European Cups
Played in 3 Europeans with Team GB
Finishing 2nd, 4th & 3rd in 2012 as Team GB Junior Captain
And last but by no means least, was Cherwell Sports Young Person
Of the Year in 2012 . . . .
We're crossing all fingers and thumbs that this weekend another trophy will make it into the Wakelin trophy cabinets, this time a Senior Nationals one.
Good luck Magic, we're all routing for you x
GO Swindon Spitfires!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Edible Winston

This is our esteemed mascot Winston, in cake form!
How awesome?
This absolute work of art was made and very generously donated by Rosy Fallick, owner of Cakes for All Uk, for this Saturdays Club Presentation & Awards auction . . . . 
The highest bidder gets to take Winston home and eat him (?) oh dear not sure we like that idea lol

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Banbury Bulldogs Street Hockey Club

Yesterday saw our Street Hockey Crew play their very first match against Chippy, both teams were amazing but huge well dones to Simon, Joe, Ben, Louis, Curtis, Kai, Jacob, Joshua, Gabriel, Uriah, David and Emily, you were fabulous!

Special congrats to goal scorer Joe, when did you say you were joining the pee wee team? Lol.


Sunday, 27 October 2013

Street Hockey & Training Update

Spiceball are hosting a 3 day square dancing event is why :(

Read all about that and more via the link below

No Hockey This Saturday! 2nd November

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

15 goals and 3 assists . . . I wonder who did that?

Congratulations to our Youth Team Captain, Jack Abbott, 10th highest goal scorer in the S.A.S.H League, 15 goals and 3 assists, awesome!
Well done Jack, double it next year yes? 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Pre-match chat

Youth team goalie,Becca, is looking forward to today's match against Ash Lightening, "nothing beats playing matches" she said "and Ash are formidable but beatable opponents, it should be a good match".
Junior Captain, Ricci, says today's Senior match against Ash Avalanche could be a close run thing and either team are capable of winning.
The big news today of course is that it's Darren Capels last ever game, after 15 years he's decided that it's time to retire, the Bulldog and of course all the players salute you.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Super Daves new goalie kit

I can only wonder the reality but, that aside . . . who fancys chipping in and getting our very own 'Super Dave' one?

Ash would be trembling in their skates from fear or mebe laughter . . . who knows, who cares


Monday, 23 September 2013

Live Kontinental ice hockey from WHTV

For those who love their ice-hockey, William Hill (WHTV) have live video streaming of 3 Kontinental matches later today and tomorrow, they are as follows;

Today 22nd September 2013
Dinamo Riga v Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 17:30
Slovan Bratislava v Dynamo Moscow 18:00

Tomorrow 23rd September 2013
Traktor Chelyabinsk v Sibir Novosibirsk 14:00

Click on the link and off you go . . . ENJOY!

What is WHTV?
WHTV is a completely free service for William Hill account-holders (you can open an account with £1). You can watch top quality sport as it happens and alongside the latest Live In-Play prices for all markets we are offering on an event - you simply need to be logged in and have a positive account balance or have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to watch. Hundreds of events are covered across football, tennis, snooker and other sports, so you won't miss any of the action.

About the KHL
The Kontinental Hockey League is an International League, set up in March 2008 to promote the successful development of hockey in Russia and other countries in Europe and Asia.
On March 27, 2008 the Hockey Federation of Russia (FHR) officially handed over all rights to stage the national championship to the KHL. The highest ranked Russian team will be proclaimed the Champion of Russia.
The four divisions of the League are named in honor of famous players and coaches: Vsevolod Bobrov, Anatoly Tarasov, Valery Kharlamov and Arkady Chernyshev. 24 clubs from Russia, Belarus, Latvia and Kazakhstan compete from September to April to lift the coveted Gagarin Cup.
The KHL Championship tournament is divided into regular season and play-offs:
in the regular season all teams play 56 games (four against opponents in their own division and two games against opponents from other divisions);

in the play-off series the best 16 teams of the regular season - eight from the Eastern Conference and eight from the Western - compete for the Gagarin Cup.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Pee Wee league table as of 15/09/13

Hah! Banbury Bulldogs 4th!

And finally . . . Seniors Vs Oxford (part 3)

I think (?) this is the video that shows 'Super Dave' and his matrix style saves . . .  
Over 70 shots on target and only 16 got through, Super Dave indeed!

Seniors Vs Oxford (part 2)

Final score 16 - 1 to Oxford, Our goal scorer was number 77, Harris, nice one!

Seniors Vs Oxford

The penultimate senior match of the season, Hunor's first league match for Bulldogs, Oxford getting rattled . . . . awesome ;)
Final score 16 - 1 to Oxford.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

This weekends itinerary

Happy Saturday hockey fans and another weekend of our fabulous sport kicks off today @ Spiceball starting at 1:30 with Banbury Bulldogs very own street hockey crew playing their hearts out, great fun to watch never mind play.
More players are turning up every week so obviously word is getting round that our street hockey session is the best fun in the world . . . . We knew this ;)
Keep up the great work, the Bulldog salutes you!

Club training follows the street hockey; Pee Wee and Youth players 2:30 - 4:00, Junior and Senior 4:00 - 5:30.

And onto tomorrow . . . We have 2 matches, our Seniors Vs Oxford at 12:30 (good luck for your first club match Huno!) and the PeeWees Vs Ash at 3:00 . .

Good luck to all our players this weekend and pats on the backs for all the parents, partners, officials, Spiceball staff and spectators, without you it just wouldn't happen. Thank you.


Monday, 16 September 2013

Happy Birthday Victoria!

Number 71 looks wonderfully mean in this photo.

Amazing how the 'hockey attitude' kicks in the minute the kit's on.

Typical Wakelin, we love it!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The alternative face-off

Huge thanks to the KSF Vipers Seniors Captain (sadly I can only remember him as number 46, hey ho) and our very own Seniors Captain, and today's outstanding goal scorer, Wilf Illiffe, for great sportsmanship.

The match ended; KSF Vipers 12 - Banbury Bulldogs 1


Good luck to the Pee Wee's (aka Carolyn's Angels & Devils), the Junior Team and Seniors who all have matches today and a huge thank you in advance to our supporters who, without a doubt, are the loudest bunch in the entire S.A.S.H League, this Bulldog salutes you!

If today's matches are anything like last weeks then we're in for a thrilling afternoon of superb hockey regardless of score line lol and what better way to spend a cold and miserable Sunday afternoon, I don't even think there's a Grand Prix on ;)

Anyone wanting to come and watch (free entry folks!) here's our match times:

12:30 - Seniors Vs KSF Vipers
14:10 - Juniors Vs Oxford 
15:00 - Pee Wees Vs Chippy Trixters Black

Anyone needing kit? Hockey Range will be at Spiceball for most of the afternoon, however if you can't make it check out their website 

Good luck teams.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Street Hockey - T-minus 17 hours . . . yes that's all!

Just a reminder that Street Hockey is on tomorrow at it's usual time 1:30 - 2:30, kitting up from 1:15.
Which team will be winners this week?
Red? Blue? Green? Who knows but my dog foods on Red ;)

P.S Street Hockey is an amazing non-contact fun sport, perfect for both boys and girls ages 4 - 12, novice skaters welcome, all kit and skates provided free of charge, your first session is FREE then £3 each session thereafter. Sessions take place on Saturday @ Spiceball Leisure Centre 1:30 - 2:30. (Just enough time to do a spot of shopping lol)
Everyone welcome.

Banbury Bulldogs Skater Hockey Club is committed to making Street Hockey and Skater Hockey accessible for every child it possibly can in Banburyshire, regardless of circumstance. 

Sunday, 8 September 2013

And that was today that was

Check out the gallery page for photos of today's Junior and Pee Wee matches :)
Apologies to the Youth team for not being there to take photos of their winning match against Chippy, a 6 - 5 win I believe, congratulations, nice one! 

Sunday afternoons were made for this

Last weeks Pee Wee team just before they beat Chippy Black
Today's Banbury Bulldog matches at Spiceball Leisure Centre are as follows:

12:30 Youth v Chippy Trixters
02:10 Junior v Oxford
03:00 Pee Wee v Chippy Red
03:50 Junior v Swindon Flames

All support is greatly appreciated and, even better, costs nothing . . . what an awesome way to spend an otherwise dull Sunday afternoon!


Saturday, 7 September 2013

Bulldogs, we have Great Britain on our side . .

It's not to be sneezed at is it when you get extra coaching from Mr GB himself, AKA Magic Wakelin, last years Team GB Junior Captain an' all . . . 
Ah yes the bragging rights are ours!
Typical idolisation (as shown in the photo) seems to be the norm . . . or is it the GB colours? Who knows, who cares, he's Magic and that's all that matters.

Thank hockey it's Saturday

Just a teeny reminder for our fantastic street hockey crew that the fun starts today at 1:30, kitting up from 1:15 . . . 
Rumour has it that there'll be a few new games for you guys today  . . . . can't wait!
See you there :)

P.S Street hockey is an amazing non-contact fun sport, perfect for both boys and girls ages 4 - 12, novice skaters welcome, all kit and skates provided, first session is FREE then £3 thereafter. Sessions take place on Saturday @ Spiceball Leisure Centre 1:30 - 2:30. (Just enough time to do a spot of shopping lol)
Everyone welcome.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Bring it on!

The second half of the skate hockey season kicks off today and for the first time all matches will be held at the Bulldogs home turf, Spiceball Leisure Centre. Fantastic!
Both our Pee Wee and Junior teams are in action today from 12:20 and everyone is invited, Banbury, we need YOU, lol, so come and support us, the more the merrier.
Good luck teams.

Friday, 23 August 2013


A message from our club secretary Carolyn.

Due to unforeseen circumstances and holidays, we are unable to safely run the Street Hockey Session this Saturday 24th August.

Sessions will re-start next Saturday 31st August and will also be back to the normal time 1:30 - 2:30 (arrive @ 1.15 to kit up).

See you there.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Saturday AKA Street hockey day

Just a quick reminder that street hockey is on as usual today 1:30 - 3:30.
Looking forward to seeing Charlie in skates, wondering whether Louis will drop seeing his friend and come to street hockey instead lol and hopefully Emily will be there today as Becca will be available for some goalie training.
See you later ;)

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Summer holidays getting you down?

Kids, are you bored, fed up, driving the 'rents up the wall?

Street hockey to the rescue!
Make new friends (or bring your own)
Safe (non-contact)
Confidence boosting
Team building
And, more importantly, awesome fun!

Come every week and before too long our coaching staff (Ricci, Harris & Jack) will teach you how to be an absolute demon on skates (think friend envy) impressive yes?
Sessions include,
Mini matches
Skate coaching for everyone including absolute beginners

All kit and skates provided
First session FREE, £3 per session thereafter

The ultimate boredom blitzer is on today 1:30 - 3:30 at Spiceball Leisure Centre (main sports hall), see you there!
Parents feel free to stay or simply drop and shop :)

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Keep calm and play hockey . . . street that is

Street hockey IS on today at Spiceball 1:30 till 3:30.
All welcome, first session FREE
£3 per session thereafter.
See you there!

Sunday, 28 July 2013

and Alfie makes 23 . . .

Street hockey = beaming smiles, enormous fun, great confidence building and much, much more.

In the last few months we’ve seen our street hockey club get more and more successful with yesterdays newbie Alfie making it 23. Outstanding! That’s nearly enough players for 5 scrimmage teams I’ll have you know and boy do they like their scrimmages or what!

Hats off and huge thanks to coach Ricci (also our junior captain) for leading the sessions & to his coaching assistants Harris (junior assist) and Jack (youth captain and 2013 youth SASH team assist). Because of their coaching skills and enthusiasm 5 of our street players have already joined the club most also signing up to play league with another 3 or 4 players nagging their parents to do the same, brilliant!
Well done guys. keep up the good work!

Now if I was to pick a ‘street player of the week’ then this weeks imaginary award would go to Dylan, I’ll swear he’d velcro’d the ball to his stick and was just awesome to watch, can’t wait for head coach Tony to see him in action, yes well done Dylan!

My rounds of imaginary applause would be for Becca, our youth team goalie, who through illness has been absent from training for an absolute age, lovely to see you again Becca, glad you’re feeling better and thank you for helping our new pee wee goalie Emily train, much appreciated ;)
For Emily for taking such a huge step (girl power!), for Alfie for giving it his all and for Carolyn (club secretary & pee wee manager) for making such fabulous gooseberry muffins nom nom nom . . . . and then some.

In the pipeline . . . .
Riccis street player of the month awards
Organising friendly matches against other street hockey clubs, please let us know if your child would be interested in this.

Yesterday was great.


Saturday, 27 July 2013

Ta dah . . . . meet our new pee wee goalie Emily

It's quite remarkable really that in just 3 months Emily here has gone from being darn near a complete beginner at our Street Hockey sessions to now signing up for next years league playing for Banbury Bulldogs Pee Wee team, aka Carolyn's Angels & Devils.
Well done Emily, that's one heck of an achievement young lady. Ricci, (our street hockey lead coach) Harris and Jack are so pleased with all the effort you've put in and massively proud of you as indeed we all are.

Girl Power!

Street hockey reminder

Just a reminder that our street hockey session is on today at Spiceball Leisure Centre from 1:30 till 3:30.

Ages 4 - 12
Equipment provided
Beginners welcome
Only £3 per session
No experience necessary 
First week's session FREE!

Friday, 26 July 2013

Good luck Juan!

Tomorrow see's this years Junior SASH team take on other regional teams and ultimately become National Champions.
Always an optimist this Bulldog is LOL
We are very proud that our very own Juan Stone was selected and we wish him the very best of luck, as we do all the SASH team, for tomorrow.

Thursday, 25 July 2013


Nominations are being sought for this year's Cherwell Sports Awards, the event, in its third year, will take place on Saturday, September 14, at the Spiceball Leisure Centre.

The Sports Awards are designed to celebrate the value of sports and physical activity as well as being an opportunity to celebrate sporting talent in the district. They also recognise the significant contribution of those who deliver at a local level in schools and club as volunteers or coaches. 

Cherwell District Council deputy leader, Cllr George Reynolds, said: "Winners from the previous two years have come from a variety of different sports demonstrating the breadth and diversity of the talent and activities available within Cherwell. 

"We're keen to celebrate local sporting achievement and commitment and what better way to do this than at the annual Sports Awards evening. And this year's event will be attended by GB Olympic volleyball player Rachel Laybourne who will be presenting some of the awards." 

Anyone wishing to nominate an individual or club for the awards can do so by completing the online form on the sports award page at Nominations must be submitted by 28 July using the official form. Nominees should be advised of their nomination before the form is submitted. 

A judging panel, a mix of councillors and external organisations, will select the shortlist and winners. Their decisions are final. 

Cherwell Sports Award categories: 
• active inspiration award 
• club of the year 
• coach of the year 
• junior sports team of the year 
• sports team of the year 
• unsung hero 
• junior sports person of the year 
• disabled sports person of the year 
• disabled sports team of the year 
• sports person of the year 
• leader/volunteer of the year 
• school team of the year 
• sports teacher of the year 
• inspirational young person of the year. 

For more information, nomination forms and details of the eligibility criteria, visit the Cherwell Sports Awards page at, email or phone 01295 221781.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Last Junior / Senior training before the summer break

Well done Jack!

Announcement made by S.A.S.H Youth team selection 10th July 2013:
As you know we are current champions as last years squad won. Last year our Captain was Jai Robinson (Banbury Bulldogs) and Assistant Dylan Bonner, I would not have any reason this year to change that, but Jai has now moved up to Juniors (what an amazing compliment!). This year Dylan will be Captain and we have chosen JACK ABBOTT as 'A' Captain.

Congratulations Jack, well deserved.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Brackley training . . .

Just a reminder that training IS on at Brackley as normal this week.

Bulldog seniors v those Heyford chaps

Could we have a new player perhaps . . . 
Today's match finished a disappointing 12 - 3 to Heyford (well done to them). however huge congratulations to Juan for scoring a hat-trick, apparently he is now the 'scorer of most goals' for the senior team . . . so far!
Well done Dez, Wilf, Dave, Ricci, Harris and Juan, it was still a great match to watch ;)

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Don't forget . . .

Today it's as if we're in Accra because ALL sessions today will start an hour earlier, street hockey starts at 12:30 etc . . .
See you later!

Monday, 24 June 2013

The last word(s)

I thought it might be interesting to hear what Tony (Head Coach) and Carolyn (Pee Wee Manager) had to say after yesterdays exciting pee wee match . . . .
Carolyn couldn't have looked any happier after her 'angels & devils' gave an outstanding performance in their match against Oxford held at Farnborough Leisure Centre.
"Fantastic as always and I'm really pleased with the effort they all put in, I'm very proud of them".

Not surprisingly grinning like the Cheshire Cat after his daughter, Victoria Wakelin, scored her very first match goal (ever) Tony couldn't praise the team enough,
"they played really well, obviously we need to work on some things at training and we will but today they showed a lot of character, even though Oxford were winning they all kept their heads up and didn't give up, tremendous spirit and they should be proud of themselves, and of course we had 2 good goals from Tom and Victoria . . . ."

We couldn't agree more!
Well done pee wees!
Nice one coach!
Is thinking even the devils might become 'angels' after today Carolyn!
And thank you to the parents for their amazing support, the club salutes you!


Goal scorers:


Monday, 10 June 2013

And the winners are . . .

Congratulations to Jack Abbott and Alex Ryder, selected to play in this years Youth Regional Team!
And to Aimee Wakelin, selected to play in the Pee Wee Regional Team.
The Club's very proud of you!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Banbury & district show

Help raise the profile of the club at tomorrow's Banbury Show by lending a hand on the Bulldogs stall. If anyone can even help out for even an hour it would be appreciated as Carolyn and Fiona will need a break if only to queue for the loo at some point between 10 and 4pm!
Plus it will be lovely to see you!
Good luck to the Seniors playing the Reapers tomorrow (yes you're excused but only till 2) and good luck to the youth players taking part in tomorrow's regional trials!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Banbury Bulldogs Street Hockey logo competition

We have a choice of four logos for the Bulldogs street hockey session (huge thanks Wilf).
The one with the most Facebook 'likes' by 10th June will be the one we use, so get voting.
Find us on Facebook, Banbury Bulldogs Skater Hockey Club and feel free to join the group if you want to join in!

Saturday, 1 June 2013

When is 42 more than a number? When you're a Wakelin that's when!

Aimee (pictured above probably about to score), the latest Wakelin to sport the number 42 shirt in all things inline, our Pee Wee Captain for 2 years running, selected for the Regional Team in 2011 and 2012, member of our Youth Team at last years Nationals . . . .an already impressive list of achievements we think, however, the expectations that come with being 42 or a 4 to the others 2, are pretty massive.
First there was Chris Wakelin (42) an exceptional player, then just behind came Magic Wakelin (42), he who was Team GB's Junior Captain at last years Europeans and who has won more trophies than i personally have ever seen in my life, when they played in the same team Chris was (4) and Magic (2), we have it on good authority that this was Chris's proudest hockey moment, him as (4), Magic as (2) which really is just too ahhhhh for words.
So you see following in the skate steps of so many (42) achievements the pressure must be massive.
At tomorrow's regional trials our Pee Wee Captain is going to do her damnedest to be selected for a 3rd year. Of course we all wish her good luck but quite honestly luck doesn't come into it (I think it might be banned for all 42's) , nope luck doesn't come into it if you're number 42, every achievement comes from hard graft, sweat and passion, that's how it works for the '42s'.
Even so Good Luck tomorrow Aimee, you deserve to get selected, you've earned it.

Good Luck Ellen!

Tomorrow see's our amazing Pee Wee goalie, Ellen Ryder, trying out for the Regional Team.
Obviously we all wish her the very best of luck not that Ellen should need it given she's the best Pee Wee goalie in the land!

Friday, 24 May 2013

No street hockey? What will we do . . . ?

Sadly there's no street hockey tomorrow, pesky bank holiday weekends tend to muck all sorts up . . 
See you next Saturday 1st June . . 

Friday, 3 May 2013

Winston the sage

Fitness Benefits of Inline Skating Are Huge!

Find more 'knowledge' @

A lot of people take up inline skating because they see others doing it and think that it looks like fun. Well, double bonus; it is a lot of fun and it also has huge fitness benefits!

Inline skating transcends many age groups, from young kids to older adults. It can be done outdoors during nice weather, or indoors during more inclement weather at many local skating rinks or even at some community centres.

In general, when you add at least 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise to your lifestyle 3-5 times a week, you have health and fitness benefits. These general benefits include: reduced coronary risk, weight loss, stress release, improved body composition (decreased fat tissue), increased bone strength (if the exercise is weight-bearing) social contacts, a feeling of vigour  improved sleep, and a feeling of empowerment by feeling in control of your body. Fortunately, skating is so much fun that a workout rarely lasts just 20 minutes!

You are probably wondering what are the fitness benefits specific to inline skating? Inline skating benefits include: cardiovascular, strengthening, muscle toning, calorie burning, developing better balance, coordination, and agility, and finally, it is low impact on the joints! Now wait a minute, how can one sport do so much and still be both affordable and fun! The answer is simple, just try it!

Cardiovascular benefits to inline skating are roughly equivalent to those derived from cycling and running, especially once you are skating at approximately 10-12 miles per hour. Suffice it to say that studies have shown that inline skating burns lots of calories. As an aside, last week I saw on TV a couple getting married on skates. It was the most fun wedding I ever saw. I can only imagine what the wedding invitations looked like. Kudos to the fun couple.

Muscle strengthening and toning are obvious when you look at anyone who has been skating for a while. Skating develops the muscles in the lower body, particularly the quadriceps (front of thighs), glutes (rear end) abductors and abductors of thigh (inner and outer thigh/hip), and also the lower leg muscles (calves and shins). Postural muscles (abs and back extensors) get a workout too, by stabilizing the body during skating. Beginners should maintain fairly upright posture, while speed skaters lean forward to decrease air resistance.

Another fitness benefit is the fact that inline skating is “low impact”, at least if you don’t fall! It is much easier on your joints (especially knees) than running and as I mentioned previously, can actually help stabilize certain joints such as knees by strengthening the muscles that support it. A lot of people take to skating because they can’t run any more, but want to still get good exercise.

When you skate, you spend a lot of time on one foot. Skating is about dynamic balance, or balance in motion. Skating requires a lot of coordination. By learning to do more advanced moves on your skates, such as skating backwards, crossover turns, inline hockey, aggressive skating, and even hip hop dancing, you can challenge both your coordination and agility while you are learning and having fun.

Finally, probably the greatest fitness benefit of all is that inline skating is fun and gives you a sense of accomplishment and mental well-being! If it is fun, than you will stick with it and if you stick with it, then you will derive these benefits from it! Remember to wear the safety gear, because there are no benefits to getting hurt because you didn’t wear the gear!

Friday, 26 April 2013

And what do points mean Pee Wees?

Ah yes prizes that's what!

Yesterday saw Head Coach Tony Wakelin dangle a carrot in front of the Pee Wees in the shape of, work hard in training, pay attention to the coaching staff and your team mates, try your best, have fun and whoever has the most points at the end of the season wins an amazing carrot . . . um prize rather, and an amazing one!
It was noted how much harder the Pee Wees trained last night . . . a coincidence mebe? Nope, Carolyn's Angels & Devils have their sights set well and truly on winning the finest hockey stick a Pee Wee could wish for . . . . 

Brilliant idea Coach, which it would be because we have a brilliant Coach!


Monday, 15 April 2013

Stick to hockey . .

Who needs to read yesterdays Youth Team match reports when we can give you this . . . . just click on the following link and prepare yourself;
stick to hockey! . . . . 

Jack, Pete and Chris are available to perform at cremations for free . . 

On fire guys, way so on fire

50 is the new . . . . errrr what was I saying . . . ?

Happy Birthday Martin!
(He's the one NOT wearing yellow in the picture)

And just for you, if you print this post out, here's a little badge for you to cut out and stick somewhere lol.