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Bulldogs’ head coach Andy Brown moves on up to GB Under-18s

BULLDOGS’ head coach Andy Brown says he is delighted to move up to the position of assistant coach for Great Britain Under-18s.
The 42-year-old is one of two appointments to the team, with Richard Hartmann also being named as an assistant to head coach Sean Easton.

Bradford Bulldogs head coach, Andy Brown

Andy admitted he was saddened to move up from his role with the GB Under-16 team, while at the same time excited about the new challenges that now lie ahead of him in an environment he feels he will fit into well.

“I’m delighted to be asked to move up and assist with the Under-18s,” he said. “I know Sean well and feel our coaching styles complimented each other well when we worked together in the England programme. 

“I’m obviously sad to leave the Under-16s as I feel we had a strong coaching unit, but I know the structure we put in place will hugely benefit the next crop of young players to come through.” 
David Hand, chairman of the GB Programme Board, said: “We believe Sean, Richard and Andy will make a great coaching trio for the under-18s.
“Both Richard and Andy are already in the GB set-up and by moving them across to the Under-18s to work with Sean, we think we have a very strong trio of coaches.
“We have some fantastic talented youngsters and these three coaches are the right choice to take the programme forward.”

GB vs Poland: Offer for Junior Players

GB_celebrate_v_Poland_Skydome-1Junior ice hockey players are being offered a fantastic discount via their clubs to watch Great Britain’s international challenge games with Poland in April.

The two sides meet at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham on Friday 14th April (7.30pm) and then again in Coventry’s Skydome the next day, Saturday 15th April (1.00pm).

Ice Hockey UK, with the support of the EIHA’s Junior League Management Committee (JLMC), are pleased to offer the following discounted ticket price for club and team group bookings.

Registered junior players can gain admission to the games for only £5 and four accompanied team staff members will go free. Tickets for any extra adults will cost only £10.

Bookings, which will be taken on a first come first served basis, must be made before Friday 24th March and space is very limited in Coventry. If available space at Coventry is taken, Nottingham will be offered instead.

Chair of JLMC, Jacqueline Pye, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer junior players and their clubs a great discount for the two GB games.

“It is good that everyone has worked together to get the sport’s junior players, who are the stars of our future, a chance to watch one of the current GB sides in action.”

Great Britain general manager, Andy Buxton, said: “Making our national team accessible to young players is very important.

“It will be excellent to see lots of youngsters at the game, some of whom maybe one day will be following in the footsteps of the current GB players.”

IHUK general secretary, Andy French, added: “This is a fantastic intiative for the sport’s young players to watch top-class Great Britain players.

“I would like to thank all the parties involved in making this possible.”

To make your booking, please contact JLMC  Jacqueline Pye on email at jacquelinepye@eiha.co.uk