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Growth of the Ingersoll Girls Hockey Association Stunted by Ice Time

The Ingersoll Girls Hockey Association is requesting a review of how ice time is divided amongst local youth sports organizations.

INGERSOLL - The lack of available ice time in Ingersoll is stunting the growth of the Ingersoll Girls Hockey Association. Interest in hockey among girls has increased tremendously however the facilities in Ingersoll have stayed the same. More youth sports organizations are angling for more time on the ice and it seems to be a common problem in other towns as well. As a result the IGHA has to go elsewhere when it comes to getting time for team practices.

"We currently have 6.5 hours of ice in town for four teams so we have two hours of practice time in Ingersoll and we travel, this year it was Thamesford for an additional two hours so each team in our association could receive practice time," said President of IGHA Robyn Shapton.

IGHA have to travel to other parts of Oxford County and outside it in order to secure enough ice time for their teams. This is costing parents time and extra money. 

"I was just looking for council to consider looking at all the youth user groups and their ice times that they receive and how they are divided out."

The lack of ice time is posing a real problem for the expansion of the organization but also for local youth that want access to a girl's hockey team.

Ingersoll Council contemplated reviewing the ice time policy.

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