The Irwin Mitchell and Inspire Peterborough sponsored Peterborough Phantoms Sledge Hockey Team continued their success with a home win, 9-2 against Manchester Phoenix on Saturday 21st May. The season kicked off on 8th May with the Phantoms scoring 7 against Phoenix’s 1 at a high octane game away in Deeside. The Man of the Match for this, the first home game, went to a very deserving Josh Campbell.

Although sledge hockey is growing in popularity, clubs around the UK are always looking for new players and Irwin Mitchell is supporting Peterborough Phantoms to help raise awareness of the game and provide new equipment for the team.

Nicola Griffiths, Development Manager at Inspire Peterborough said: “It’s great to have Irwin Mitchell on board and together we can help promote Sledge Hockey and increase participation in Peterborough and at other clubs in the UK.

“We’re always looking for new players so if you’re interested then come down to the team’s ‘Bum in the Bucket’ sessions and try it yourself.” These sessions take place on Friday evening from 4:15 – 5:15pm at Planet Ice in Peterborough, and are followed each week by Inclusive Ice Skating for people with disabilities, their carers and family members.

Inspire Peterborough Inclusive Skaters, Calum Titmus and Emma Hall skated their programs in the first interval, and mascots Alex Thubbron, Precious Robinson demonstrated their sledging talent, while Jonathon Shaw and carer Mandy Powell demonstrated their skills learned on the Inclusive Skating sessions.

The final word goes again to the captain of the Phantoms, Matthew Coleman who said: “First home game of the season, and with such great support in the stands, all cheering us on during the match, we didn’t want to disappoint by losing, so we used that as our motivation to get the win.

Each team gave it everything, but it’s good to get the first 2 games under our belt to try and keep our Championship crown for another season.  I also just wanted to pass on my thanks to Irwin Mitchell and Inspire Peterborough for their support, they have really pushed the club to the next level, which has made it easier for us as a team to be able to go out and do our thing.”

You can get your FREE tickets to the first Phantoms home game of the season from Inspire Peterborough’s Inclusive Skating session on Fridays until 3rd June from 16:15 – 18:15 at Planet Ice on Mallard Road, Bretton, Peterborough PE3 8YN.

You can find out more about Inspire Peterborough here and Irwin Mitchell’s Don’t Quit, Do It campaign here.

Many thanks to Zara Tivey from Sainsbury’s in Bretton for the photographs.