From the Locker Room – contributions requested

482days would love to start a series of articles from players (or coaches) entitled ‘From the Locker Room’. The idea would be for a player to talk about one aspect of life in UK hockey, giving us fans an insight into life as a hockey player.

For example, you could have a player article which addresses one of the following:
– First day on a new team
– Being sidelined with an injury
– Responsibilities of a captain
– Dealing with team losses
– Dealing with personal loss of form
– Aftermath of a trophy win
– Scoring your first goal
– Life on the 4th line
– Life on the 1st line
– Life of a back-up goalie
– Dealing with discrimination (e.g. non-white/LGBT player)
– Mental toughness
– Physical preparation
– Thoughts on fighting in hockey
– Stepping up a level
– Balancing work, family and hockey
– Playing abroad
– Playing for GB (senior or junior level)
– Retiring from the game

Or a coach’s article on the following:
– Benching/demoting a player
– Dealing with player conflict
– Building a team
– Developing young players
– Coping with player expectations

These are just a few thoughts we’ve had – I’m sure there are plenty of other topics that would make for a fascinating article…

You can either be named as the author of an article or you can submit anonymously as you prefer (secret footballer style). Perfect written English is not a requirement as we can edit for spelling and grammar as needed, it’s the content that only you as players/coaches can provide that is important. You can write as much or as little as you like on the topic of your choice (say at least 300 words and no more than 2500!).

We’ll accept submissions from any level of player/coach (male and female) – this is not just restricted to the NIHL South.

If you would like to submit an article or if you would like more information, please contact:
– Email:
– Twitter DM: @482days
– Facebook private message on the 482days page

September 5th, 2017 by