Weekend for girls

International campaign to raise female hockey participation


More than 4,000 participants joined the initiative last year. This year the World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend will be staged during a full weekend in 30 countries. Photo: Slovak Ice Hockey Federation

ZURICH – Thousands of girls across the world are set to participate in World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend. With more than 300 events in 30 countries, participants will get exposure to the game and learn how to play in a relaxed and fun setting.

Women’s hockey is one of the world’s fastest-growing sports, and this was reflected in the tremendous worldwide response to this World Girls’ Ice Hockey initiative which began only one year ago. In 2011, the inaugural World Girl’s Ice Hockey Day saw more than 4,000 participants in over 20 countries. Due to this overwhelming response, the 2012 event will be extended through the weekend.

This year the campaign will involve even more countries such as Argentina, Korea, Malaysia or Turkey. The events are open to girls and women of any age.

Since registration opened for national and regional ice hockey associations, clubs and teams, more than 300 events have been registered until today, UNESCO’s International Day of the Girl Child.

Almost all events will happen this weekend on Saturday, 13 October and Sunday, 14 October with exceptional events being held before or after the World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, and some that will be repeated later on during the main hockey season.

The events are a great opportunity for girls to take their first steps in ice hockey.

Check out the list to find out if a World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend event is held in your area. For more information on a specific event, please contact the organizer.

IIHF.com will follow the event on a tracker during the weekend. Stay tuned on IIHF.com, Facebook and Twitter.



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