NHS and emergency services staff will be given free entry at Oxford City Stars next season.

The offer, which applies to all home games, is a thank you gesture from the club to those working to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Stars’ NIHL Division One South campaign was scrapped last month, but it is hoped the 2020/21 season can start as planned later in the year.

Stars director Greig Box Turnbull said: “We appreciate ice hockey is one of the last things on people’s minds just now.

“But as a club we wanted to show our deep gratitude for those on the frontline working for everyone in such difficult circumstances and give them something to look forward.”

Fellow director Jo Mundy added: “As a community club we’re always looking at ways to deliver positive impact.

“This is a simple way for us to do something for those doing a remarkable and selfless job saving lives in Oxfordshire across all the emergency services.

“We hope we can all enjoy community events like ice hockey together again later this year.”

Details on how the tickets can be accessed will be announced nearer the start of the season.

“I am sure other clubs in the ice hockey community will follow suit out of respect for our emergency services heroes,” added Box Turnbull.

“But for now the best way we can help them is to stay at home.”