Tel: 0843 343 3000
Mon 06 July 15
Corey Neilson

Okanagan Hockey School (OHS) is pleased to announce the Nottingham Summer Programme. Taking place at the National Ice Centre from Monday 10 to Friday 14 August 2015, there will be three separate, full day camps for players of all abilities from ages 5 to 15. Fully integrated camps for goalies at all levels are also provided in the programme.

Development Camp, age 5-10 years (£225 per person)
The Development Camp is designed for male and female players aged 5 – 10, with less than three years’ experience. Ideal for the hockey player who has mastered the basics and now wants to make some big strides forward in their game.
This camp focuses on the fundamentals of individual skill development, both on and off the ice and operates alongside the Integrated Development Camp for goaltenders.
Further information can be found here.

Advanced Development Camps, age 9-15 years (£260 per person)
There are two Advanced Development Camps both with the same aim – to help male and female hockey players improve their skills and move their overall game to the next level. Players should have over three years playing experience and will be grouped according to age (one group aged 9 – 11 and another group aged 12 – 15). Both camps operate alongside Integrated Advanced Development Camps for goaltenders.

The Advanced Development camp focuses on the refinement of fundamental skills, both on and off the ice, while advancing into more complex and sophisticated drills and teaching techniques.

Further information on the camp for players aged 9-11 here
Further information on the camp for players aged 12-15 here

Returning players and NJIHC members get a £25 reduction on the programmes. Please use the discount code ‘loyalty’ or ‘NJIHC’ when registering. Discounts are also available for families registering more than one player, please contact the Okanagan Hockey School for more details.

OHS UK are delighted to be able to confirm the return of Elite League Nottingham Panthers Coach Corey Neilson.

Neilson joined the Panthers as a player in 2006 before being appointed as player-coach in 2008 and he has led the club to an Elite League championship, five Challenge Cups and three Playoff championships. He has also represented the Great Britain national ice hockey team at the IIHF World Championships in 2010-2012, worked as the Great Britain Assistant Head Coach and was drafted 53rd overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers.

He brings a wealth of experience to the coaching team and over the past six years he has helped develop some of the best British players in the UK game. As well as running camps back home in Canada, he has previously headed camps here in the UK. He has a very disciplined, but fun approach and pays close attention to detail.

Speaking after agreeing to return this year, Neilson said: “I am looking forward again to being part of the Okanagan Hockey School team in Nottingham. I always enjoy working with the kids and helping them to improve their game. It’s fun to keep an eye open for the kids who could develop into the Panthers of the future.”

Okanagan Assistant GM Paul Kelsall commented: “It’s fantastic to have once again secured the services of Corey for the OHS Nottingham Camp. Having someone of Corey’s stature and ability at the camp is fantastic for the program, but more importantly for the participants. He has very strong values in his approach to development, he is great on the ice with the kids and is a fantastic teacher.”

Other coaches are:
Ryan Aldridge
Ryan started his coaching career in 2006 with the Bracknell Bees where he led his team to Both EPL League Champions and Playoff Champions for the first time in that club’s history. After success with the Bees Ryan coached in the UK Elite league with the Basingstoke Bison in 07/08 then returned to Swindon in 08/09 coaching the Wildcats until last season.

Ryan has just been appointed as the new Head Coach at the Okanagan Academy. He has coached with OHS since the summer of 2003 when he spent 3 summers in Penticton, Canada, and has since continued to work for OHS in Denmark, Austria and the UK.

Aaron Nell
Having attended the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Canada in his younger years, Aaron’s playing career has gone from strength to strength. He has worked his way through various standards of hockey to ultimately reach the highest playing level in the UK with the Coventry Blaze and Sheffield Steelers. Possessing one of the best shots in the league Aaron finished last season as the top British goal scorer in the EPL and second highest points scorer overall.

Aaron also holds a level 2 coaching badges and is returning to the Okanagan Hockey School to pass on his knowledge and experience to the attending players. Aaron has coached in the OHS since 2004 and has worked every year since in Penticton, Canada, Denmark, England & Austria.

For further information about the Nottingham Summer Programme 2015 or the Okanagan Hockey Academy, please visit or contact the OHS office on 01793 781554.

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Wed 01 July 15
National Ice Centre

In celebration of 2015’s summer of sport, VisitEngland has launched the search to find the country’s true ‘Home of Sport’, and we’d love for you to back ice skating and vote for the National Ice Centre!

To vote for us, upload a photo of the National Ice Centre (inside or outside) to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HomeofSport. Include a snappy sentence on where you are, and why we’re the best sporting spot in England.

Your nomination will appear on the sports wall at and could win a prize in the process! Entries close on 31 August 2015.

So, if you think we’re a great sporting venue and you love to skate here, please nominate us as your personal Home of Sport!

Further information can be found here.

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Mon 29 June 15
Unveiling Sub Zero!

Over the past five weeks our food outlet on level 1 has been closed in order to carry out refurbishment work. The transformation has been a dramatic one with new interior, decoration, opening times, a new bar and a new name! Ice Breakers will now be known as…drumroll please… Sub Zero!

The best bit of all is that Sub Zero is now an enclosed space so spectators will be much warmer as they watch their loved ones and friends on the ice.

Further benefits and changes include:

-A raised floor with an accessible ramp so you’ll have a great view of the skaters from the comfort of Sub Zero
-Oak benches and long communal tables giving Sub Zero a relaxed and friendly feel
-New bar area so you can enjoy an alcoholic drink as you watch the skating action (please note we operate a challenge 21 policy)
-New extensive menu with hot and cold food items and gluten free options
-Menus displayed on large digital boards
-New slush machine, new Barista coffee machine producing high quality coffee, and a new vending machine which can be used when Sub Zero is closed (perfect for those early morning starts when you need a hot coffee to wake you up!)
-Extended opening times
-Card payments are accepted so you don’t need to worry about having change
-Open 7am till 9pm on Saturdays and Sundays

To celebrate the opening of Sub Zero, we’re offering 30%* off food from Tuesday 30 June to Thursday 2 July 2015. As we have a new menu, bar area and new members of staff at Sub Zero, the discount is a thank you for bearing with us as we settle into things. We’re also looking for customer feedback during this trial period before our grand opening on Friday 3 July, if you have any feedback please do let us know!

The T&D café on level 2 will now be closed from 5pm on non-event days but Sub Zero will be open. On Arena event days, the T&D café will be open to Arena event ticket holders only.

*Please note, 30% off is on food only. It is not available on alcohol.
Draught beer will not be available at Sub Zero until August.

New Sub Zero opening times

Monday – open 1pm closes 3pm. Open 4pm closes 9pm
Tuesday – open 4pm closes 9pm
Wednesday – open 1pm closes 3pm. Open 4pm closes 9pm
Thursday – open 1pm closes 3pm. Open 4pm closes 9pm
Friday – open 1pm closes 3pm. Open 4pm closes 9pm
Saturday – open 7am closes 9pm
Sunday – open 7am closes 9pm

Be sure to follow us on social media for future Sub Zero updates & pictures! Catch us on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

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Fri 12 June 15
Skate UK

We all know skating is a great way to get fit, but did you know that you can burn over 350 calories just by lightly skating for an hour, with competitive skating burning up to 1080 calories per hour!

Join our six week course W/C 22 June and we’ll try and help you achieve your goals, whether you want that summer beach body, to have fun or stay healthy!

People of all ages and abilities can join the course, you could be a complete beginner or you might be looking to refresh your skating memory! The course costs £49.50 for children (aged 5 – 15) and £55 or adults (aged 16+). The price includes group skating tuition by our world-class coaches, a free public session before or after your skate each week as well as skate hire.

To book your place, visit Ticketing & Customer Services, call us on 0843 373 3000 or find out more information here.

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