Anyone Up For Broomball?

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 47 months ago
Anyone Up For Broomball?


It sounds like something out of Harry Potter, but Broomball is an actual sport, played by actual (brave) people — and Londoners can have a go.

Broadgate Ice Rink's annual Broomball tournament returns next week giving teams of eight people a chance to compete in the Canadian sport.  Described as "ice hockey without the skates", players are provided with knee and elbow pads and a crash helmet to cushion the blows as they battle it out in short, sharp 10 minute matches. The aim is simple: to direct the ball into the goal using "brooms" — which look more like rowing paddles to our uninitiated eyes. Six players from each team play at a time, with substitutes swapping on.

If you and your friends are looking to try out a new sport this year, or you've been looking to get an office sports team going, this may be your chance. If you can't get a full team together, email and they will do their best to match you up with others playing on your chosen night.

Broomball tournaments take place at Broadgate Ice Rink on Tuesday nights, 7-9pm, from 13 January-10 February. Entry is £100 per team (or £12.50 per person), including kit hire. Book via

Last Updated 06 January 2015