Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible to play for the Metros?
The Metros is a composite club - university ice hockey is made up primarily of clubs taking players from several different universities. Anyone who is a student in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, North Wales, Lancashire or North Staffordshire is eligible. We mainly take players from the University of Manchester, MMU, Salford and UCLan, but if you are studying at other universities in the area you are also welcome. We can also take players who are studying at the Open University, if we are the closest club.
Yes, that's me. How do I sign up?
The easiest way is to visit us at one of the Manchester sports fairs in freshers week. We'll have someone at the University of Manchester, MMU and Salford fairs who can tell you more and sign you up for trials. If you can't wait that long, get in touch through facebook, twitter or by visiting the Contact Us section of this site. If you're a student elsewhere, just drop us a line!
Do I have to be really good at hockey?
We have players with a full range of abilities - our A team contains players with EPL and ENL experience, yet we also welcome absolute beginners. The minimum we ask for is that you can skate forwards and backwards, do crossovers and are comfortable stopping. At trials we will decide which squad you fit into - we have squads for both checking and non-checking divisions. Anyone who has played before will be entered into the cup competition at the appropriate level, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee game time for absolute beginners straight away.
How much does it cost to play for the club?
Ice Hockey is an expensive sport, both in terms of kit required and ice time. Players are required to pay a player registration fee to the club, which covers registration with BUIHA and insurance, which was £45-60 for the 2013-14 season. Training costs vary but could cost in the region of between £60-80 per semester, or £120-160 per season. Game fees are £15-20 for home games. There are no fees for away games, but these can be quite a distance away, so there will be travel costs.
Players also need to buy a club shirt and socks in their first season - this costs £50 in total. There is the option to buy the away shirt too, for an additional £30.
I don't have any kit but I want to play, how much will this cost?
There is quite a lot of protective kit required, and this can range in price from £200-£500 depending on the quality of the equipment. A cheaper way is to look at second hand equipment on ebay or similar sites.
I want to try hockey, but I can't afford the kit straight away - can I still play?
We have a few sets of second-hand kit to lend out to beginners in their first season, so you can try it out without having to spend lots of money. It is much better if you have your own skates, but you can get some for around £40-70 pounds.
I'm interested, but don't want to pay for kit before knowing if I will enjoy it - what can I do?
We plan to run a beginners' sessions in a sports hall, which teaches basic stick and puck skills, and provide an introduction to skating at public sessions. This gives a little introduction to hockey, but without the need for too much padding!