Phoenix strike training partnership on Deeside

Saturday, 19th July 2003

Manchester Phoenix ice hockey club are delighted to announce a major new partnership agreement for training ice time with Deeside Leisure Centre - home of the Flintshire Freeze.

Phoenix Managing Director Neil Morris stated, "we opened talks with Deeside some weeks ago and they have progressed extremely professionally and positively. The facilities they are able to offer us are just what the new club requires in terms of ice, plexiglass and use of the gymnasium and steam/sauna suites. We are very happy to form this partnership with the people of Deeside and North Wales - if we can help promote ice hockey in their locality, we are only too pleased to do so."

Mike Welch commenting for the Deeside Leisure Centre said, "Being home to the Freeze, we are acutely aware of the needs of a hockey team and to be able to help from the inception of the new club in Manchester is something we were very willing to do. We feel confident that this partnership will be of mutual benefit to both parties - the Phoenix will enjoy training here and together, we can further raise the profile of ice hockey in the region. We have some promising players coming through our ranks, the partnership with the Phoenix can only be good for their development."

Phoenix head coach Rick Brebant agreed, "We will help out in any way we can to assist with the training of the Freeze players. If our being there is an inspiration to the local players, then ultimately that is good for the sport and both clubs."