GB SET FOR GLOBAL GIRLS’ GAME THIS WEEKEND

Great Britain Women will be involved in the second annual IIHF Global Girls’ Game on Saturday.

A record 38 countries will take part in this year’s event as games will take place across the world this weekend.

Each country will play one-hour games with Team Blue taking on Team White and in the UK, 44 players aged 11 and over will take part.

The IIHF organise the now-annual event to “send a strong message for girls’ hockey worldwide”.

Head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “This is something really good to be a part of.

“Not only is it special with all the games going on worldwide, but it helps us as coaching staff to assess the players.

“We have aimed this at young players who show real promise and incorporated them in with the GB Under-16s and experienced Under-18s to develop their game knowledge.

“We are running a few basic classes beforehand, so the youngsters start to experience what it takes to be an international player.

“These events allow them to get a feel of what its all about.”

The UK Global Girls’ Game takes place at Ice Sheffield on Saturday night, with a 9pm face-off. Entry is free.

Click here for more details about the worldwide event.