Great Britain Universities Info

Launched at the end of the 2004-5 season, Team Great Britain is the national university side that competes against other national university sides, including competing at the bi-annual FISU World University Games. The team is led by a range of coaches selected in conjunction with Ice Hockey UK and BUCS to provide an elite player pathway at the top of the sport.

The Winter Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city. It is only second to the Olympic Games. The programme of the Winter Universiade currently includes 6 compulsory sports (8 compulsory disciplines) and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country. Embracing FISU’s motto of 'Excellence in Mind and Body', the Winter Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into 11 days of sports competitions, allowing university student-athletes worldwide to celebrate with the host city in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.

Key Facts about the Winter Universiade (WU)

  • The biggest global winter multi-sports event for student-athletes

  • 11 days of sports competitions

  • More than 2,500 participants from more than 50 countries

  • 1,500 to 3,000 volunteers

  • 6 compulsory sports (8 compulsory disciplines) and up to 3 optional sports

  • Broadcasted by more than 100 TV channels aroud the World

Any person attending university anywhere in the world who is a UK & Northern Ireland citizen between the ages of 17 and 28 is able to play for the team. Full criteria of elgibility is available on request.

    GBU Details

    Great Britain Universities

    Great Britain Universities Ice Hockey

    GBU Team Leader:
    Andrew Miller
    GBU Coaching Staff:
    Matt Bradbury (Head Coach),
    Simon Hopkins (Assistant Coach),
    Andrew Marshall (S&C Coach)
    GBU Women's Team Leader:
    Ian Turner
    GBU Women's Coaching Staff:
    James Ashton (Head Coach),
    Ryan Rathbone (Assistant Coach),
    Brian Miller (Assistant Coach)