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Milton Keynes Ice Hockey Academy

In a move to help secure the long-term future of ice hockey in the town, the Milton Keynes Ice Hockey Academy (MKIHA) was launched. The Academy brings together all of the town’s existing ice hockey teams in a single structure, to provide continuity of coaching and a clear progression path for participants of the sport.

MKIHA has been set up by a working group comprising Planet Ice – owners of the rink in Milton Keynes and eight others throughout the UK and represented by John Neville; Harry Howton, a former junior club chairman and one of the founders of a number of prominent local ice hockey teams including co-founding the MK Lightning in 2002; and also Vito Rausa and Nick Poole.

Coaching at every level will be overseen by the current Director of Junior Development for Milton Keynes and Head Coach for the MK Lightning, Nick Poole. Under Nick’s guidance, the Lightning has become one of the most successful sporting teams in Milton Keynes, winning the English Premier League title four times and the EPL Play-Off trophy three times in their twelve year history.



MKIHA Objectives:

  • To provide a clear and fluid development path for players of all abilities, encouraging ‘sport for life’;
  • To provide a more solid proposition to attract investment for the Academy’s development and continuation;
  • To provide solid foundations for the promotion of ice hockey in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas, for players, coaches, officials and spectators as a worthwhile physical and social activity.

The new Academy structure will comprise:

Recreational Teams:

Also Included:

  • MK Sledge Hockey
  • Learn to Play Organisation