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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.