Lions & Flaming Skulls Ardwick Sports Centre sessions put on hold

Due to the Coronavirus issue that is happening at the moment the committee that runs Ardwick Sports Centre have decided to follow the Governments  guide lines and have closed the hall until further notice.

Due to the rink closure we have had to cancel the following sessions.

Toddler Skate & Play – Saturday 9am – 10:30am

Open Junior training – Saturday 10:30am -12pm

Junior Team training – Sunday 10am – 12pm

Open training session – Monday 8pm – 9:30pm

So far Atherton Roller rink is still open so our senior session is still on until this rink is closed.

I am looking at other venues for our Junior team and we will keep everyone updated on the situation as it unfolds.

Female players wanted

Have you ever thought about playing inline hockey or looking for a team to join?

Then come and Join Flaming Skulls Women’s inline hockey team. This season Flaming Skulls are taken part in the North West Women’s League, WISE women’s cup and On The Rocks women’s tournament and we are now looking to grow female hockey in Manchester.

Our goal is to have a full women’s training session once a week but until we reach that goal you can join one of our 4 training sessions we hold a week.

No experience or kit required. For more information drop us a message or comment below.

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A busy few weekends for Lions & Flaming Skulls

Last Saturday Flaming Skulls played in the Final WISE cup games weekend seeing the girls pickup 2 wins and closed the score lines on the other teams from the 1st round of games played. It was great to see so many female players getting involved with this event and we can’t wait to be a part of it next season and hopefully get a change to have a home venue to play in to.

Lions whites also played in the 2nd game day where they managed to bounce back from a 5 – 2 loss to Missfits and grind a win against Hitmen 3 – 2.

We would also like to say a big thank you and congratulations to our junior coach Jodie Woodhams who had a a very busy weekend going to Dundee to play 6 games in the WISE cup and scoring 8 goals on the day. Then she come all the way back down south to play for Lions White on Sunday in the Market Drayton league scoring another 2 goals and then taking our Open training session on Monday night.

Jodie may only be 15 but she has a big future ahead of her in the sport and her dedication to Lions & Flaming Skulls is unbelievable. She are a massive credit to the team and her parents. We can already see the progression she has had in the senior setup as last season Jodie scored 2 goals, this season she has 3 goals in 4 games.

I would also like to say a big thank you to Jodie’s mum and grandparents for taking the time out and driving her all over the country this weekend.

We would also like to thank all the girls who trailed up to Dundee to play for Flaming Skulls and it was great to see everyone enjoying them self’s as this is what hockey should be about.

We can’t wait to see how the girls have progressed when the Flaming Skulls next play in the On the Rocks 2nd edition Tournament in May.

We are looking to carry on building Flaming Skulls and are still looking to get more girls from the Manchester area involved in inline hockey so if you would like to come and join us drop us a message and we can find a training session to fit you.

We are also looking forward to this weekend where the North West Junior League is taking place and Lions under 12’s team are playing with Jodie will be on the bench as a coach with James. Our under 8s players are joining up with the Wrexham team.

Lions Black are playing 3 games in the West B league.

Saturday morning sees Tom take our Toddler Skate & Play session & our beginners Junior training session that is on after.

Sunday sees Martin & Jodie take Lions Junior Team & Flaming Skulls training session.

I would like to thank all our coaches parents and players for the support this season it has been a very busy one and we still have another few months go to before the end but so far this has been a great start to the year seeing all our teams and sessions grow and improve.



Changes to all training session

As Lions & Flaming Skulls now offer 5 training sessions a week we have been reviewing the sessions we offer to to allow all ages and skill levels to have a training session.

We still stand by anyone can play Inline Hockey and can join us but we also want to help improve all player types. Which means we have had to create some closed sessions. This is a hard decision but we feel its the best way to grow the sport and also improve the core our our Junior and Senior teams.

We are now offering the following training sessions.

Toddler Skate & Play Saturday 9am until 10:30am Ardwick Sports Centre.

This session will stay the same as it as we have just added the offering of Food and Drinkfrom the rink cafe. We will carry on working with Manchester Roller Hockey Club on bringing new ideas and equipment to this session.

Toddler/Junior Beginners Inline Training Saturday 10:30am until 12pm Ardwick Sports Centre.

This session was changed last week to introduce Toddlers into a structured training session and improve skating and stick handling skills . For a toddler to join in this session all they need to do is put on a helmet and skates and be able to skate on their own as parents are not aloud on the rink for this session.

Toddlers training may not be on every week as we have to have 2 or more coaches on the rink and some week this is not possible due to game days. We will post each week if its a Toddler/Junior or just a Junior session.

The other part of this session is for any junior to join in from beginner level and up. We can provide kit if it is required, this session will focus on teaching the basic side of hockey.

We will split this session into two groups Toddler/beginners teaching the basic skating and sticking handling skill. The other group will be players who have the basic skating & stick handling skills and we will teach them the basic skills and plays to become a junior hockey player.

Lions Junior & Flaming Skulls Team training Sunday 10am until 12pm Ardwick Sports Centre

This session for all of our registered junior and Flaming Skulls players. We will be working as a team to help improve all skill sets throughout our age groups, as well as understanding the rules and positions when playing in league games.  We will also welcome players from the Toddler/Junior training session who we think are ready to make that step up to more advanced drills as well as players from other teams who would like some extra training.

Beginners training Monday 8pm until 9:30pm Ardwick Sports Hall

This session is for any age and skill level. We have designed this session to work on the basic hockey skills required to play in one of our teams. We will again work though different skill level drills to help everyone progress into one of our team training sessions.

Lions & Flaming Skulls Team Training 9pm until 10:30pm Atherton Roller Rink

This session is now becoming a closed training session for Lions & Flaming Skulls registered players. Since adding Tom to the senior coaching staff we have started to add more team play drills and are treating this session as a team session to help improve all of our senior players. We will still allow players form outside the team to attend this session but you will need to message James to see if there are spaces left as we have a maximum limit to this session. We are also looking at introducing some of our Junior players who are coming up to the age of 14.This is to help them progress into becoming a part of the senior team and play for Lions White.

We have been building Lions & Flaming Skulls over the last 18 months as we had a goal to offer everyone a chance to play inline hockey no matter the age or skill level. We are proud to be the only team in Manchester to offer Toddler, junior, Women’s & Senior training sessions and to be the only team that has a progression platform no matter what age you start playing hockey at.

Big thank you to all the players and parents for supporting us over the last few years and a big thank you to all the coaches who are giving up their free time to help the club grow and offer hockey to all age groups, as without any of you none of this would of been possible. You have all shown a true meaning to the word hockey family and hopefully with the changes we have made it will also start to repay you all in improving everyone’s skill level and also help more people start playing inline hockey across all our age groups.




2 teams working together

Lions and Wrexham have always had a strong bond and over the years the two teams have helped each other out.

Lions & Wrexham joined together for the this seasons North West under 8’s League and Wrexham ‘s under 12’s and 14’s keepers, Jamie & Xander have played for Lions in the Under 12’s and 16’s North West League.

This weekend saw Lions & Flaming Skulls junior coach Jodie Woodhams joining the Wrexham under 16’s girls in a mini tournament at the Market Drayton Rink and helped the developing players in the under 16’s throughout the day.

Both teams have the same vision for Junior inline hockey. We both believe anyone can play the sport no matter the age or ability. We also have all our players and coaches help and improve each other and play hockey the right way.

We show our Junior players that its not all about winning but about enjoying the game and working together as a team. Which has now started to show on the rink with the results both teams are seeing in the North West League this season.

If you fancy giving inline hockey a go for your self come and join Lions Junior Session on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday at Ardwick Sports Centre or if Wrexham is closer to you they have Junior training on Saturday 9am until 10:20am or Tuesday 7:30pm until 8:30pm at Plas Madoc Leisure Centre, Wrexham.

If you would like any more information about any of the teams or sessions then you can contact us via our contact us page.


No Senior Training tonight

Reminder we do not have any senior training tonight due to Atherton Roller Rink holding a beer festival all week.

Training will be back to normal next week.

Toddlers can now join our Junior Hockey Training

This Saturday will be our 1st joint Toddler and Junior Inline Hockey Training.

All that is required is that your toddler will put on a helmet and skates, they can then join in our beginners Junior session that is on right after the Toddler Skate & Play session.

The price for toddlers is just an extra £2 on top of the £3 from the toddler skate and play session.

No equipment required.

This session is designed to help toddlers understand a structured training session and for any juniors to take up inline hockey or improve on their skills.

Prices as follows.

If you take part in toddler skate and play just £2 extra

If you want to just join the session without toddler skate and play it’s £5.

Start times:

Toddler Skate and play 9am until 10:30am

Beginner’s Junior Inline Hockey Training 10:30am until 12pm.

For more information drop us a message.

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Back to basic training

Looking for something new to try or thinking about getting more active in the new year?

Then come and join our back to basic inline training session at Ardwick Sports Centre every Monday 8pm until 9:30pm for just £5 per person.

Any age welcome & no kit or experience required.

For more information send us a message.

Looking for more female players to join us

Flaming Skulls are looking for more female players to come and join us.

We are taking part in the WISE Women’s Inline Cup, On The Rocks Women’s Inline Cup & North West Inline Hockey league and we are looking for players to come and join us for all the events.

You don’t need to come and train with us as we are just trying to raise awareness of Female Inline Hockey and try and grow the sport in this area.

If anyone one is interested in joining us for the events as a one off or a female team to join then drop us a message.

No past experience required as we welcome players of all abilities.

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