Vipers spring into ac­tion as town’s new­est team

Macclesfield Express - - NOSTALGIA - KAREN BRITTON

ANEW team of roller hockey play­ers are padded up to rep­re­sent Mac­cles­field af­ter launch­ing at the town’s pop­u­lar youth cen­tre.

The MAC Vipers ju­nior roller hockey team is the lat­est thing to come out of Mac Multi-Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre which was launched by Andy Brooks and his team to pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties for the young peo­ple of Mac­cles­field.

The cen­tre has been work­ing hard in re­cent months fundrais­ing for a new skat­ing floor and launch­ing the first climb­ing and boul­der­ing cen­tre in Mac­cles­field.

Now it’s an­other first for the cen­tre, as it launches the Vipers as Mac­cles­field’s only ju­nior roller hockey team. An­other team which used to train at As­traZeneca is no longer run­ning.

And the young­sters are hop­ing to do Mac­cles­field proud, af­ter Andy Brooks worked with other roller skat­ing cen­tres to set up a North West league.

Andy said: “We’re proud to launch the Vipers and have a ju­nior roller hockey team in Mac­cles­field again.

“Back in sum­mer 2015 we in­tro­duced roller hockey at week­ends and are re­ally pleased with how it’s grown. With spon­sor­ship we were able to buy full sets of hockey kit which has al­lowed new play­ers to join.

“We now have more than 25 regular play­ers and al­ways wel­come new­com­ers. Ev­ery month we have a player of the month and last year’s player of the year 2016 was Joelle McGann, who is a pupil at All Hal­lows school.

“We have a fully qual­i­fied roller hockey coach, Rod­er­ick Zuskar, whose en­thu­si­asm for this fast paced sport has re­ally helped to push things for­ward.

“We have been very for­tu­nate so far with spon­sor­ship which will en­able us to pur­chase brand new hockey shirts with our new logo. How- ever we are still keen to speak to any lo­cal busi­nesses who are in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing us fur­ther to help de­velop the team.”

The cen­tre is still rais­ing money to re­place the skat­ing floor was suf­fered flood dam­age a few months ago. It can then be used for var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties other than just skat­ing.

Andy said: “MAC Vipers is an­other thing to come out of the work we’re do­ing for Mac­cles­field’s young peo­ple and we’re re­ally proud.”

The play­ers meet ev­ery week­end from 12.30pm un­til 1.40pm. You can book a trial ses­sion for £5.

Go to macac­tiv­i­ty­cen­ or see Face­book for more.

From left: (front) Lily Todd, Ruth Tobi and Amy Wil­lock, (back) Clara Al­lan, Fay Fitz­mau­rice and Char­lotte War­dle

MAC Vipers ju­nior roller hockey team launched at MAC Multi-Ac­tiv­ity cen­tre with guest of hon­our Eric Neil­son, a pro­fes­sional ice hockey player with Manch­ester Storm (right)

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