FORMER Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has started a new sporting venture after signing a contract to play for ice hockey team Guildford Phoenix.

The 37-year-old, who still works at Stamford Bridge as a technical and performance advisor, has swapped the pitch for the rink as a net-guarder for the Phoenix for the remainder of the season.

Cech told the club's website: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get the match experience.

"I hope I can help this young team to achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play.

"After 20 years of professional football this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch and play as a kid."