Grimsby’s only women’s ice hockey club in dire need of new players

Grimsby Wolves Female Ice Hockey Club fears for its future
-Credit: (Image: Grimsby Wolves)


The only ice hockey club for women in Grimsby faces an uncertain future unless it succeeds in attracting new players.

Injury and life events, such as members leaving for university, have hit Grimsby Wolves Female Ice Hockey Club hard. It is now appealing for new or experienced players to join ahead of its 2024/25 season.

Grimsby Wolves member Laura Wardle said the club was at risk of folding if it failed to swell the ranks. “Unfortunately, that could completely be the case,” she said. “It would be such a shame after taking so long to build up the team in Grimsby if we were to see it go.”

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The club has just played its last game of the current season and defender Laura said it had been tough with the limited number of players to call on. She said: “To join the league [next season] we would really need to have about 15 players; at the moment we are struggling to get eight or nine.

“I have been playing in every game, for more than half the game, and anyone who knows about ice hockey and the speed and intensity with which it is played will realise how hard that is.” The Grimsby Wolves, who play out of Grimsby Ice Rink, were first established in 2018.

Grimsby Wolves Female Ice Hockey Club is appealing for more players to ensure its future
Grimsby Wolves Female Ice Hockey Club is appealing for more players to ensure its future -Credit:Grimsby Wolves

The club is looking for players aged 14 and over – Laura was 28 when she took up the sport – and that includes players with no or some experience. “We have been playing in the Women’s National Ice Hockey League Division 2, for which you need to be aged 14, but we would welcome 13-year-olds to train with us until they are old enough to play.

“Any previous experience would be great but we are also a team that has helped develop completely new players. With a few longterm injuries – we have a couple of ACL tears – we are trying to keep going in the meantime and we still want to be developing girls coming through the sport.

“We want to get more women in the sport. A lot of female sports are now growing in popularity and we are trying to encourage as many girls as we can into ice hockey and to join with us.”

Grimsby Wolves train on Fridays from 8.30pm to 9.30pm at Grimsby Ice Rink. For more information, you can find the club on Facebook and Instagram.