This weekend is the sixth edition of World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend, an International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) initiative to promote and develop the game to women and girls.

Women’s ice hockey is one of the fastest growing sports in the world thanks to events like this one and similar programs that are being run in many countries.

What is the World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend?

It is an opportunity for girls of all ages to try ice hockey. Events all around the world bring girls from their community together on the ice so they can:

  • be introduced to basic skills in hockey in a positive, fun and safe environment.
  • learn about opportunities in ice hockey in their community.
  • learn about fair play, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
  • meet new friends and have a chance to fall in love with a new sport.

There are hundreds of official WGIHW events from Argentina, Australia and Austria to Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and USA and pretty much everywhere in between.


The UK is holding two events – Saturday in Chelmsford and Sunday in Nottingham.

Saturday’s event is at the Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre from 5pm till 6.15pm.  It’s open to 7-14 year olds who can skate unassisted. The cost is £10 per person and more information is available from  Details are on the poster below.


The following day, the WGIHW hits Nottingham with an event at the National Ice Centre starting at 4.30pm.  This is a free taster event and limited places are available so those interested should book in advance.  Contact to register.

WGHW16 - Nottingham

More information on the IIHF WGIHW programme can be found on the IIHF website.  In the UK you can contact Ryan Rathbone at or visit IH4Girls Facebook page.

Earlier this week we also mentioned that two EIHA officials are travelling to Sweden for a WGIHW event to help their development as on-ice officials.

Next weekend (Saturday 15 October) there is a free workshop for prospective female officials featuring our own Joy Johnston and top officials from Sweden.  Details can be found on the IHUK website and places should be booked in advance.