Coach Tait supported by the players and Junior Bison Coaches is pleased to announce that the Bison Hockey Academy will be running activities in the Spring Bank holiday and again in the summer holidays.

Commenting on the announcement Ashley said,

"We had a great "Back to the Ice" Skills session camp at the weekend and we are now pleased to announce...
7th of April 2021

Coach Tait Returns for 2021 / 22

Hot on the heels of the League announcement for the forthcoming 2021 / 22 season, the Basingstoke Bison are pleased to confirm that the club will once again be led by that “the man with the plan” Ashley Tait who’s back for his fourth season leading the Herd as Player Coach.

As the country’s road map has been mapped out so has the clubs and it was paramount that Coach Tait could hit the ground running with recruitment of his roster.

Tait was appointed to his role in the summer of 2018 and Bison fans have really enjoyed the attacking high paced style of hockey the team have played whilst the club has been in his control.

On Ashley committing to the Herd for a further season Bison’s John Neville commented.

“The last twelve months have been a strange period for the club but we were always prepping and ready for when the Herd could return to the ice. Plans and player recruitment have commenced in earnest for the forthcoming campaign and we really are excited for the future”.

Coach Tait commenting on the up and coming season said,

"Obviously it's been a year like no other and I think along with everyone it's been strange being away from the rink. I don’t think there was ever a question as to where I wanted to be and I'm excited to get back and start working with everybody that's involved with the club.

As much as 19-20 was cut short, I think we've shown good progression on and off the ice and hope to build on that accordingly. I've been in constant contact with the players and I know they can't wait to get back to work.

Ashley continued,

“I’ve been involved with a lot of clubs in my career and we have a group of first-class people from the owner to staff, volunteers and our noisy passionate fans and it will certainly be good to get back to doing what we do best hopefully with full arenas and continue our quest silverware.”

With this morning’s announcement from the NIHL National League and its road map back to a full National League hockey season the club over the next few weeks and months will announce our future plans, players signings, sponsors, match night prices and season ticket information as we move towards a projected September start date.

Keep your eye on our official club website and social feeds as we start to build for a new and exciting season of NIHL National League hockey …