The Sheffield Steelkings Para Ice Hockey club is the Parasport UK Club of the Year for 2022.
The club allows people with any lower body disabilities or impairments to play the fast-paced, physical and highly skilled team sport.
Current players have amputations, paraplegia, spina bifida and cerebral palsy as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions, which sometimes mean mainstream sports are not always possible.
“Since we started the club in 2014, we have gone from strength to strength, both on and off the ice,” said coach and club Chairperson Jake Oakley, pictured receiving the Parasport UK Club of the Year award from Steve Burrows, managing director of the award sponsor Burrows Toyota.
“This is because we believe that 'Hockey Is For Everyone' and we try to get as many people involved with the Steelkings as possible.
"We have a busy 2023. We will be hosting inter-club games, travelling to Europe to defend our Northwest Europe Para Ice Hockey League title, launching inclusive skating sessions at iceSheffield and of course Sheffield Steelkings will be competing in the British Para Ice Hockey League.
“On top of all this we will continue to grow the Steelkings and the sport as a whole.
“We hope that by becoming Club of the Year we will help shine an even brighter spotlight on the sport of para ice hockey and the amazing work the Steelkings and our members are doing to help even more people get started.”
To learn more about the sport and to get involved go to www.paraicehockey.co.uk