We are always happy to welcome new players to our club. Regardless of previous experience, what unites us is our passion for ice hockey and the drive to improve as athletes and teammates. If you are new to the sport, there are plenty of ways to get involved and learn basic skating and hockey skills. The Oxford University Ice Hockey Club offers a development squad where you can learn the sport as part of a team with regular coaching and games against other beginner teams. If you want to play ice hockey on a more casual basis, then Alternative Ice Hockey could be for you. No matter what previous experience you have, if you are interested in learning how to play ice hockey, we would love to hear from you.
Even if you have never played hockey before you can learn the sport while being part of a team in our development squad. As part of the development team you will receive coaching to develop your skills and train as part of a team in full ice hockey equipment. Rental equipment is available from the Club for players who don’t have their own, so don’t hesitate to get in touch for a taster session. The development squad is for players who want to commit to regular training sessions and play real ice hockey matches at the beginner level.
The Alternative Ice Hockey Club (ALTS) is an affiliate of the OUIHC. They offer casual non-contact ice hockey without equipment. This requires no commitment and you can just turn up and play when you want to. For many people, ALTS has been a first step towards playing for one of the University teams. As opposed to the development squad, you will not be part of a team or receive regular coaching. However, if you just want to give ice hockey a try without the equipment or commitment, then this is a great place to start. Visit their website.