An Oxford ice hockey team has secured sponsorship from a housing developer for the second consecutive year.

Linden Homes declared their continued support by pledging £1,500 to Oxford Rising Stars.

The housebuilder first supported the team with a £1,500 donation last season.

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The money has been allocated towards buying jerseys, equipment, and training time on the ice.

Paul Lynch, who formed the team with Russell Shrives in 2021, said: "We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from Linden Homes over the last two seasons.

"Our teams are a mix of male and female players, and often we have around 20 players per game.

"The cost of running games and training sessions is very expensive, and we rely on sponsorships such as this one from Linden Homes to keep allowing our players to play."

The Oxford Rising Stars play their home games at Oxford Ice Rink and competes in division two of the National Ice Hockey League.

The team's creation aimed to bridge the gap between under-18 team and the division one team.

Alix Laflin, marketing manager for Linden Homes said: "As part of our development at Didcot Grove in Didcot, we are committed to supporting the local community in Oxfordshire.

"This is the second year in a row we will be sponsoring Oxford Rising Stars and we are looking forward to following the team’s progress throughout the rest of the ice hockey season."

Linden Homes is building 76 new homes at its Didcot Grove location in Didcot.