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RAF Ladies Invited To Get Their Skates On

Published: 31 Oct 2016

Twenty-five RAF ladies from around the country descended on RAF Cosford recently for the first ladies-only ice hockey taster day.

The day, which was part-sponsored by the RAF Charitable Trust, began with an off-ice session, designed to give the group a feel for the ice hockey sticks and pucks, which are very different to the field hockey equipment many were used to. Once their confidence grew, the ladies were taken to Telford Ice Rink and given a quick lesson on the kit before heading on to the ice with coach, Ch Tech Andy Harris.

The session focused on basic skating and puck handling skills. After varying degrees of success, and a lot of laughter, the ladies got stuck in.

The group exceeded expectations and were deemed ready for a match - a credit to their efforts and achievement. After being split into teams, the puck was dropped, positions arranged and the group began their first game. All too soon the time was up and the whistle blown, with a final score of 1-1.

Once skates and kit were removed, and bruises and blisters accounted for, the ladies left RAF Cosford with a new-found passion for the sport. Six ladies have now joined the RAF Vulcans and five have joined the RAF Cosford Stars - a great success that will hopefully lead to the first RAF ladies' ice hockey team.

Organiser Jennie Anstey said: "I'd like to thank the RAF Charitable Trust for providing more than £400 towards making this event a success and setting the foundations for a future RAF Ladies' Ice Hockey Team."

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