A local man is hoping to put Retford on the map this weekend, as he takes on teams from across Europe in a winter league with a difference.
Paul Lane, who has played roller hockey for 18 years and represented Team GB for a decade, will head to Gothenburg City in Sweden to battle it out in the second round of the Swedish Inline Hockey Winter League games, with his GB Universities Academy squad.
Inline hockey follows the same rules as its better known ice comparison, but has a few differences, including the players involved and the surface matches are played on.
The squad, which Paul founded in 2009 and still manages, were last in Gothenburg for the first round where they won all six of their matches to reach the next stage.
Paul, a leisure supervisor at Retford Leisure Centre explained what the team’s success meant to him: “I have been very passionate about the sport - it’s been a key part of my life since I was six years old.”
“Setting up the GB Universities Academy back in 2009 was something I knew I could make a success of but I never imagined what we would have achieved today.”
“I am so proud of all the guys and I hope we can proceed through to the finals next month.”
As part of his day job, Paul supervises the fitness team and facilities at Retford Leisure Centre, operated by BPL.
Simon Ferrarelli, facility manager at Retford Leisure Centre said: “I wish Paul and his team all the success for the weekend.”
“He is not only a great team leader here at the leisure centre but as a coach for the hockey team – this is firmly illustrated by their achievements.”