We’re hosting several events centred on Para Ice Hockey at the end of this month. These include a GB Development & Training Camp for females which is mentored by the European Women’s Para Ice Hockey Team, a Para Ice Hockey Coaching Event and the chance to watch an elite level Para Ice Hockey match!
GB Development & Training Camp
Female para ice hockey players from across the UK have the chance to hit the ice and hone their skills like never before at the National Ice Centre from 26 – 28 May 2017!
The camp is open to all women, no matter what their skill level, and attendees aren’t required to have ever been in a sledge before. There will be several sessions over the course of the weekend, both on and off the ice that will cater for players with a variety of skills and experience in the sport!
Thanks to a Sport England grant, the women’s development camp is just £40 per person for the whole weekend, 27-28 May. There is also the option to attend on Saturday or Sunday for £20.
Further information on the GB Development & European Training Camp can be found here.
What is Para Ice Hockey?
Para Ice Hockey (previously known as sledge hockey) is a version of ice hockey which is designed specifically for those with lower body impairments. It’s unlike many other disability sports – it’s fast, physical and certainly not for the faint-hearted. It’s a full contact sport in which participants are strapped into a metal sledge which balances on two ice skate blades. They have two hockey sticks, instead of the usual one, which are used to propel themselves, as well as hit the puck. Other than that, it’s almost identical to regular ice hockey.
The GB Women’s Para Ice Hockey Programme is a non-profit organisation which aims to establish a national women’s team. It exists with the support of the British Para Ice Hockey Association (BPIHA).
Para ice hockey at the Winter Paralympic Games…
Caroline Bonner has trained with the mostly-male GB team for several years and hopes to get the women’s team to the Winter Paralympic Games. She said: “There are three national-level women’s para ice hockey teams already in existence: USA, Canada and a combined-European team, and to make it to the Winter Paralympic Games, we need more teams. There has never been an event like this for women in the UK, so we’re thrilled that we have the chance to introduce the sport to new people.”
FREE TASTER SESSION
A free taster session will take place on Sunday 28 May from 11:30-12:30pm.
11.00am – Report to the Box Office
11.05-11.30 – Fit equipment/safety briefing
11.30-12.30 – Sledge Hockey Taster (Arena)
No experience is necessary and it’s open to men and women over 18.
Please wear flat soled shows (preferably trainers) and warm, loose layered clothing.
Book your place on the free taster session in advance here as spaces are limited.
The one-day coaching event takes place on Saturday 27 May at a cost of £30. Further information on the coaching event can be found here.
WATCH AN ELITE LEVEL MATCH!
Date: Saturday 27 May at 6pm & Sunday 28 May at 5pm
Cost: Open to the public to watch for free
We’ll be hosting elite matches between the European Women’s Para Ice Hockey team and GB Women and GB Men and UK training teams!
For more information or to book, please email GB Women’s Para Ice Hockey at GBWPIH@gmail.com.