Over 120 female hockey players, age four to eleven, are registered to participate in the inaugural Fierce Female Hockey Camp (FFHC) June 4th and 5th in Brandon, MB.

The goal of the event, created by Brandon area coach Amy Doerksen, is creating a safe and engaging experience to grow the female game over the long term focusing on our youngest players. “The response to this camp has been overwhelming. In less than two weeks we hit our registration goal and had to add spots!” says Doerksen.

“This camp is clearly filling a void in sports programming currently available. We’re offering our female athletes a very unique opportunity to come together in an all female environment.”

The FFHC includes on-ice and off-ice sessions both days and everything is female led. On-ice instructors bring extensive experience as current coaches working with different minor hockey associations throughout the province, in addition to having played high-level hockey themselves at university/ college, national and/or international levels.

The FFHC also has a very special guest joining weekend activities. 2022 Team Canada Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Bell will be at the rink. From Deloraine, Bell knows first hand some of the challenges female hockey players face and strongly believes in giving back to help build stronger programming and support for future generations of female players.

Brandon Source for Sports is the major corporate sponsor of the event and partner/buyer Joel Whiteside says he was quick to get behind this initiative.

“When Amy presented the idea to me, I knew it was not just a perfect fit for the company but for me personally, “says Whiteside. “I’m a dad to two amazing girls who are active in sport and I see the need to offer more female focused programming. This is going to be the start of an annual event that will only grow!”

“Our long term end goal is to take steps to grow the sport and that means focusing on the grassroots level” said Amy Doerksen.