IPC Ice Sledge Hockey is to take another major step forward in its development when it hosts its first youth camp, in Langenhagen, Germany, from 29 October – 1 November.
Supported by the Federal Ministry of the Interior on the basis of a decision by the German Federal Parliament, the camp will gather 25 aspiring players from eight countries aged between 14-21 years old.
It will take place in the fully accessible Eishalle Langenhagen, the home of local ice sledge hockey team the Eis Lions Langenhagen and ice hockey side Hannover Scorpions.
The camp will be run by four coaches from the USA, Canada and Norway.
Jessica Korber, Ice Sledge Hockey Sport Manager, said: “We are really excited about hosting the first youth camp and are grateful to the Federal Ministry of the Interior for their support.
“We were completely oversubscribed which shows that the demand is out there from young players who want to get involved in ice sledge hockey. The spread of nationalities is also really encouraging, with youngsters coming from Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Slovakia and the USA.
“Events like this are so important to keep the sport moving forward after the success we have had with developing its profile in the last two seasons, through Sochi 2014 and the 2015 World Championships.”
Participants, who are all intermediates, will arrive in Langenhagen on 28 October ready for the start of the camp the following day.
They will take part in two on and two off-ice sessions per day, with the off-ice sessions covering gym training and stick handling. There will also be education sessions on topics such as anti-doping and classification.
All local costs will be covered by IPC Ice Sledge Hockey and the grant from the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
The 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Youth Development Camp follows the increased popularity of the sport achieved in the last two seasons, reaching new audiences through the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and two highly successful World Championships in the A-Pool and B-Pool.