October 11, 2017


The ‘Girls Ice Hockey’ tour bus was working overtime last weekend as the 2017 edition of IIHF’s World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend (WGIHW) took place.

Our IH4Girls squad ran three events in the space of 24 hours – Nottingham on the Friday night, Whitley Bay on Saturday morning and Sheffield on Saturday afternoon.

On Friday we began WGIHW at the National Ice Centre with the Nottingham Vipers where over 20 girls came out to give ice hockey a go.  The girls got to skate on the main arena pad for the evening.

It was a busy day on Saturday, an early start at Whitley Bay Ice rink with Whitley Squaws and Whitley Bay Junior Ice Hockey Club where once again over 20 girls came onto the ice taking part in an Ice Hockey taster session. In the evening we headed to Ice Sheffield for their ‘This Girl Can’ free ice skating session where the Sheffield Shadows were showing off their skills at skating before providing an opportunity for them to give it a go attracting over 100 girls through the session.

The World Girls Ice Hockey weekend provided an opportunity for females to try the fundamental skills in ice hockey; Skating, Puck Control, Passing and Shooting before putting them to the test in a mini game.

“The World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend is a great opportunity for clubs to promote themselves locally, it provides girls an opportunity to try the sport for free which removes one our biggest barriers,” said IH4Girls organiser Ryan Rathbone.

“The sessions are delivered in a fun way providing all the girls the opportunity to succeed and leave feeling confident.

“It was great to have some new clubs involved with the initiative this year and hopefully we can continue to grow and run more events across the country.”

Visit the EIHA Facebook page to see a gallery of images from all three WGIHW events.