Over 40 girls went down to the National Ice Centre in Nottingham to try out ice hockey as part of the IIHF’s World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend (WGIHW).

The free event provided an opportunity for girls to try and develop their skills (skating, puck control, passing and shooting), before putting them to the test in a small area game.

Coaches and players from the Nottingham Vipers supported the event.

This was the eighth event hosted by the Nottingham Vipers, which has been part of World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend – an initiative designed to grow the female game and raise awareness of the sport.

Ryan Rathbone, club development officer, said: “The event provides us with an opportunity to get girls on the ice for free, allowing them to try a new sport in a fun and safe environment and to fall in love with the game.

“The IIHF initiative has helped us grow the Nottingham Vipers teams and make the club sustainable with a fantastic succession of players.”

Rachael, one of the WGIHW participants, said: “This taster session was absolutely brilliant.”

If you missed out the opportunity at the WGIHW, contact the Nottingham Vipers info@nottinghamvipers.co.uk and they will find an opportunity for you to give ice hockey a try.