Major Sponsor Announcement – Official Digital Sponsor 2020-23

Blackburn Hawks are delighted to announce that Key & Eagle Digital Media Ltd will be our Official Digital Sponsor for the next 3 years.

Key & Eagle Digital Media are one of the fastest growing digital media agencies in the North-West, and their ever growing client list includes small local business right through to multinational corporations. 

Key & Eagle’s Co-Founder & Head of Development Tiaan Kruger commented on the agreement:

“We’re delighted to be joining Carl & Graham on this journey into the ‘new era’ for the Blackburn Hawks. The vision they have, and their 3 year plan, is an ambitious one – and we’re thrilled to be able to help make this happen. We look forward to working with the entire team at Blackburn and can’t wait for the season to get underway”.

Blackburn Hawks Co-Owner Carl Everitt made the following comments about this exciting new partnership:

“As part of our mission to bring a new and improved off-ice experience to our loyal supporters, I am delighted that we have been able to secure the support and services of Tiaan and his team at Key & Eagle Digital Media Ltd. Key & Eagle will be the Hawks‘ ‘Official Digital Sponsor’ for the next 3 seasons. Together we plan to bring the club into the 21st Century and offer you a truly Omni-Channel experience over the next 3 years.”

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Can You Help?

As part of the team building process, Blackburn Hawks management are reaching out to ask if any fans would be willing to house a team member for the forthcoming season.  

If you would like to offer a room, or would like further information, please contact us at info@blackburnhawks.com, with your name and telephone number.

Welcome Aboard!

Blackburn Hawks Ice Hockey Club continue to build from the ground up with the addition of a new Team Manager in the shape of Adrian (Adey) Charnock.

Adey is no stranger to the team or the Arena – he’s been a fan of the club for a few years now and is often seen at many an away game too.

He’s well travelled and has taken in many a Hockey game in Europe.  His background is in organization, being a Project Manager in his everyday life.

Hawks Co Owner Graham Lomax commented:

“I’d been scratching my head for the right person to fill this role since we took ownership and I knew we had to take the time needed to get the appointment right.  It’s a vital role in the business and one that requires a certain type of individual with the right skill set.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time with Adey over the last year or so and got to know him a lot better and I got a feel for him as a person and what he was about.  He’s a “Hockey Guy” – he gets it!  We decided it was time for the “official” chat, and so he was invited to Hawks HQ for a coffee to see if it was something we could all agree on.

Once again I believe Carl and I have come up trumps with the appointment, Adey was most definitely our guy, he is brimming with excitement about the future, he is passionate and full of ideas.  He is also ultra professional about how we implement the changes and how things needed to be different to make us the best we can be.  I have to say we were both convinced then and there we had our Man, he’ll be a breath of fresh air to the organization.

We look forward to working together over the coming months, we know he’ll make a cracking addition to the team.

Welcome aboard Adey!”

Adey spoke of his delight at his appointment:

“This will be my 7th year supporting the Hawks, and it’s great to be asked to be Team Manager. I knew what Graham and Carl were putting together and the direction the organisation is heading, so when I got the call and met with them to discuss the position, it was an easy decision to accept the offer.

I truly believe that Ice Hockey is a great product and a wholly inclusive family sport to be enjoyed by all, and at Blackburn Hawks we want to see the fans entertained in this fast, physical & skillful game. Unfortunately, Ice Hockey is still a minority sport in the UK, but hopefully we can grow the interest in our surrounding area, through the Project going forward, and get more people watching and ultimately bring through the next generation of skaters and new fans. I look forward to working closely with everyone and playing a part in the journey ahead and making the Hawks successful on and off the ice.”

K-it’s in the Bag!

Your Blackburn Hawks are delighted to announce that our new Official Blackburn Hawks Complete Apparel Producer for the next 3 years will be Dunamis Sports.

Dunamis Sports has quickly become one of the most-recognised brands in UK ice sports and beyond and with customers such as Manchester Storm, we know that our matchday, and training kit requirements are in excellent hands. Driven by an unwavering passion for creating the highest-quality products that meet not only the needs of modern athletes but also provide a complete, bespoke, club identity,  Dunamis have the power to help the club succeed both in and out of the arena.

We can also confirm that Dunamis will also be our Official Hawks Merchandise Supplier moving forward.

Dunamis Sports’ Managing Director Alex Styles commented on the agreement:

“It is with great pleasure that Dunamis Sports will be partnering up with Blackburn Hawks Ice Hockey Club for the next three years. With the vision that the new owners Carl Everitt and Graham Lomax have, we will be able to fully support their desire to bring quality apparel, new stylish designs and top quality customer service. We look forward to working with the Team at Blackburn”

Hawks’ Co-Owner Carl Everitt spoke of his delight at securing the partnership:

“When it came to deciding on a High Quality Apparel and Merchandise producer for the Blackburn Hawks, Graham and I knew that we had to give both the players and supporters a quality of product they deserved. Immediately we got to work and there was no hesitation in wanting to work with Alex and his team at Dunamis Sports. Not only do they never compromise on quality, their passion for delivering a great customer experience is top of their priority list. When I approached Alex, his passion for wanting to work with the Hawks was incredible, along with his commitment to high standards and upmost professionalism

Dunamis Sports will not only provide on and off ice apparel but great quality Official Hawks Merchandise for the next few seasons.

Welcome to #ProjectHawks Dunamis Sports.”

Roll Up, Roll Up!

“…But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career

We are looking for volunteers in all areas of the organisation whether you have experience of audio visual work, social media, fundraising, selling merchandise, the list is endless (almost!)

If you would like to volunteer for the club, we would love to invite you to our volunteers meeting which is being held at Blackburn Golf Club on Thursday, 30 July at 7:30PM, where you can chat to us regarding the skills/experience you have to offer, and hopefully become part of our fantastic club!

In order to manage social distancing we need to gauge how many would like to attend. You can register your interest, or request further information by emailing volunteers@blackburnhawks.com

We hope to see you there!

Address: Blackburn Golf Club, Beardwood Brow, Blackburn. BB2 7AX

Fan-tastic Appointments

During the interview which was released yesterday, we made it very clear that we are aware of the need to appreciate our loyal supporters and provide a way to ensure that your opinions are heard and that supporter feedback is welcomed and acted upon where appropriate. For this reason we are delighted to announce the appointment of our Head of Team Support & Fan Liaison in the shape of our very own Craig Bevington.

Craig is no stranger to volunteering for the club having previously filled the role of Supporters Club Treasurer, and also assisting with the audio visual team.

We caught up with Craig today and he had this to say about his new role:

“When Carl phoned me to ask if I would take up the post I didn’t hesitate to say “Yes”. I had pretty much given up on Ice Hockey as I knew it as I felt we had been in a downward spiral for a few seasons. I’d “lost my mojo”, which is probably something familiar to many of you.

However, a new lease of life has been injected into the Hawks. Graham and Carl are passionate about Blackburn Hawks. They want to bring back what we used to have. In fact their ambitions are to make it better than we used to have. It’s a challenge, but the players, the fans and the town deserve it.

The team that Graham and Carl are putting together share a common vision, that being to deliver a package which provides a good night out at a reasonable price watching quality Ice Hockey. As a paying guest you deserve to be treated with respect and feel valued. As a club, we want to raise our game not only on the ice, but off the ice too so that you leave the building feeling entertained, with smiles on your faces and be eager to come back for the next game. If you do then tell your friends, if not then tell me and I’ll try my hardest to put it right.”

The recruitment drive doesn’t just stop there. As you’re all aware, another part of the matchnight process is the various competitions for the fans from Chuck a Puck for the kids, to Shirt Off The Back and our 50/50 draw. We found the perfect volunteer to pull this all together on a match night and coordinate the ticket sellers, our very own Debbi Yehia-Moustafa.

Debbi is a familiar face at both home, and away matches, and has been a much valued matchnight volunteer for some time now, and we are delighted that she has accepted the role to help maximise the income for the club and to bring a familiar friendly welcome to all fans from the second they enter the arena.

Debbi spoke of her delight of being appointed:

“I feel really honoured that Carl and Graham have offered me this role and that they believe I’m right for it. This is my 4th season following the Hawks and 3rd season of volunteering – I love being part of the volunteer/fundraising team and I’m looking forward to building it & seeing where we can take it. I believe Graham & Carl will work with us all, to make the match night experience better and all work as a team to make sure the fans know what the 50/50, shirt off the back raffles & Chuck a puck are and hopefully raise lots of money for the club.

I’m so excited to be onboard!”

Club Co-Owner Graham Lomax commented:

“Both Craig and Debbi have the exact DNA we are looking for in taking the business forward. They’re enthusiastic, they’re vibrant, they’re wanting to have an input and have ideas about how to make the product better – it’s music to our ears.

Both are well known and respected around the Arena. Craig was a huge part of the old F5 gang that were pioneers in bringing entertainment to the loyal of Hawks fans a few seasons back.

Debbi is a regular red coated smiling face selling tickets on a Matchnight and with her infectious personality she’s going to be great for us. She loves the job and the club, and when I spoke with her this morning she was overjoyed to be part of the organization she’s going to be huge for us.

Both Carl and I look forward to working with all the volunteers this season, they’re a massive part of what we’re all about, and we also look forward to meeting new faces at the up and coming volunteers evening at Blackburn Golf Club.”

More information is to be announced shortly regarding our upcoming Volunteer Evening – if you feel you have something you can offer, to be a part of the rebuild project, and help shape the club for the future, don’t miss it!

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On The Spot!

This weekend, Hawks’ owners Carl and Graham were put in the hot seat with Pro Hockey News. Follow the link to watch them discuss their plans for the future of the Club, and what they have accomplished so far.

Keep an eye here and on our social media channels for all of the latest news on the big rebuild!

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Dean Seals The Deal

Blackburn Hawks are delighted to be able to announce the appointment of the club’s new General Manager Dean Worrall.

Dean is no stranger to the club and he’s a familiar face to most. He’s been a long time supporter but also he’s provided the club with much needed sponsorship, in the shape of Local and Nationwide Company BAXI

Hawks new Co Owner Graham Lomax had this to say about the new GM:


“Once Carl and I secured the business, one of our first objectives was to start to build the foundations and forge a way forward in building the new brand. We knew we needed some key personnel in certain areas and roles who’d bring to the club what we need and are looking for and I think our appointments already represent this. We sat down with Dean in the office and when we spoke about our excitement and our vision for the future, it was immediately clear we are all cut from the same cloth. I’ve known Dean for a long time and I knew his feelings were the same as ours even before we met this week, but we didn’t need to try to convince him to join the team, he sang like a bird released. He loves it just like we do and he’ll bring a lot of experience and pride into the everyday running of the Club.

We look forward to working together and we embrace new energy and ideas that people like Dean will bring, our lengthy meeting this week not only resulted in the appointment of the new GM but also helped set out our pathway forward, trust me when I say we aren’t messing about at this, we’ve been constantly working hard for the last 14 days to bring a product and a business into the 21st Century and we promise to bring a fantastic experience to our loyal fans.

There will be lots of announcements over the coming days and weeks, so please keep an eye on all of our social media platforms.

We don’t see what’s been done, we only see what remains to be done!”

Dean spoke of his delight in accepting the role:

“I am absolutely delighted to be back in a formal capacity and looking forward to working with Graham, Carl & the rest of the team.  I recently met with them both and was excited by their vision and enthusiasm to get the Hawks back where they belong.  I’m a Hawks fan through and through and look forward being part of something special.”

Hot Off The PR-Ess!

This week we were able to catch up with Hawks co-owner Carl Everitt who had the following update on #ProjectHawks:

“Firstly, Graham Lomax and I are delighted to say that our first week of #ProjectHawks has been very productive and the support we have received from everyone has been incredible. Thank you so much.

Part of our strategy for re-building our beloved club and to give the supporters a experience deserving of recommendation is to establish solid foundations to ensure we are a sustainable family club, with great values and ambition. 

There is no better place to start than with people and therefore your Blackburn Hawks are delighted to announce the return of the ever-passionate and committed, Esther Gradwell as the the club’s PR & Media Manager.“


Hawks Co-Owner, Carl Everitt had the following to say about Esther’s appointment: “I’m really happy that Esther has agreed to continue to support the club in this vital role. Esther has been involved and has volunteered with the Hawks for many years and I have personally always found her a pleasure to work with.  Esther and her team will be working hard to help keep you all upto date with the Club’s progress, liaising with many media organisations, alongside with helping us deliver an improved matchnight experience. Graham and I thank Esther for her passion, commitment and professionalism in support of our #ProjectHawks.”


Hawks PR & Media Manager, Esther Gradwell has the following to say: “I’m absolutely honoured to have been offered the role as Carl and Graham are both so passionate about the Hawks and I just know that they’re both going to give it their all to make #ProjectHawks a roaring success, and I’m so excited to be a part of it. I learned so much last season, my first in the role, and with lots of ideas for the new season, I can’t wait!”

The Next Piece Of The Jigsaw

To ensure that the team stay in great shape with fitness and nutrition, Blackburn Hawks are delighted to have secured the services of Tempest Training.

Head Coach of Tempest Training is long time Hawks fan Russ Bury.  Russ has clocked up 20 years coaching experience, with 10 years in athletic development, also degrees and masters in elite sports performance and sports medicine.  He will be joined by another avid Hawks fanatic Declan Charnock.

Russ has worked with Pro Olympic athletes, pro cricketers, pro boxers, pro MMA athletes, pro soccer players and NFL/NCAA College American football pathway athletes.

Tempest specialise in biomechanics, team and athlete optimization, sports injuries and sports nutrition.

Russ spoke of his delight on his partnership with the Hawks:

“Tempest Training is very proud to be part of the prestigious Blackburn Hawks Ice Hockey Club. I have a been a massive fan of the Hawks and watched them play since I was 15 in the days of Steve Moria. Our family attends the games and our kids are huge fans. To be asked to take care of the team’s athletic development, and strength and conditioning is a massive honour and an exciting time looking ahead.

Moving forward we are looking at providing guidance and support for all the players on a team and individual basis, adopting a professional approach to match fitness, nutrition and the players’ physical development. It is a new era for the Hawks and the team here at Tempest Training endeavour to help the players achieve their optimum physical performance and fulfil their potential on the ice.

Both Declan and I are raring to go and help restore the Hawks to a force to be reckoned with.”

Russ Bury – Head Coach and Director at Tempest Training.

Welcome to the club Russ and Declan – we are delighted to have you guys on board during this exciting time for the club, and look forward to seeing the results on the ice!