Coaches are key to the success of the sport. From introducing new players to the game, to nurturing the next big talents, coaches determine the quality of a player’s experience and their development both on and off the ice.

England Ice Hockey work closely with UK Coaching to deliver a comprehensive coaching pathway and help support and develop coaches to provide the best possible experience in ice hockey.

‘Great coaching is all about putting people first. Whether the participant or the person coaching them, being able to understand and connect with them is essential to creating an environment in which they can thrive.’ UK Coaching

England Ice Hockey currently offers the following coaching qualifications:

  • Foundation Coach
  • Level 1 (L1) Assistant Coach
  • Level 2 (L2) Team Coach
  • Level 3 (L3) Advanced Coach (IHUK)

All coaches must register directly with England Ice Hockey using the online portal. Registrations must be approved by England Ice Hockey before the coach’s license and insurance are confirmed. For more on registration, including terms and conditions of registration, please see section 1 of England Ice Hockey Rule Book.

It is mandatory for all coaches to:

  • be registered with England Ice Hockey
  • have paid all required fees and dues to England Ice Hockey
  • understand the rules and regulations for the sport
  • understand the rules for the age group and competition they will be managing
  • follow England Ice Hockey Code of Conduct & Ethics and follow all England Ice Hockey rules, regulations and policies
  • comply with WADA’s Anti-Doping Code and UKAD’s Anti-Doping Policy
  • have a DBS clearance if working with U18s
  • be a competent skater
  • have undertaken an England Ice Hockey qualification in coaching
  • have undertaken an accepted first aid qualification
  • be able to communicate effectively in English

All individuals must follow their affiliated club’s membership process and then register with England Ice Hockey via their club. Registration will be accepted following the submission of any required documents, such as ID, and approval from England Ice Hockey and its affiliated club.

Clubs are accessible and friendly environments providing a range of ice hockey opportunities to meet your needs, from junior and senior hockey, to recreational (casual) opportunities and clubs dedicated to meeting the needs of Para and SEND participants.

Whether you’re interested in pursuing ice hockey semi-professionally, want to play for fun, or want to volunteer as a coach or off-ice official, our opportunities and variety of clubs aim to make sure ice hockey is accessible to all.

As every club is unique and has its own fees, rules and regulations, we recommend contacting them directly to see how they can meet your needs.

For full details of registration costs, benefits and terms and conditions, please see our Get Involved page.