As the Great Britain Para Ice Hockey Team get ready to travel to the World Para Ice Hockey World Championships in Thailand, they would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters who have been instrumental in helping the team make the journey.
With the team being self funded, the help and support of these organisations is a big help to the team as they target promotion into Pool-B from next weeks tournament.
The team would like to thank the Great Britain Supporters Club, the English Ice Hockey Association and Nimbus Disability (The Access Card) for their continued support of the GB Programmes.
The team will be wearing their newly designed Union Flag shirts, courtesy of Ollie and Shaun at Rhino Sports on the ice, and a range of GB branded teamwear, off the ice, produced by Geoff and the team at Mowbray Sports.
The staff at Planet Ice Widnes have helped accommodate the team for their monthly training camps for the past few years, and the Mersey Valley Golf Club have allowed the team to use their meeting rooms for their classroom sessions at each of the training camps.
Finally, this year, Badgemaster have produced a special commemorative badge for not only the GB Players, but also as a gift for the 5 other teams that GB will face at the tournament.
GB Head Coach Ian Offers was full of praise for the support the team has received “Being a self funded programme, we are always thankful for the support of our sponsors, to help keep the costs down for the players and staff. This year the sport of Para Ice Hockey in the UK moved under the English Ice Hockey Association, and together with the GB Supporters Club and Nimbus Disability their sponsorship of the programme has been amazing”
“It’s not just about the costs to run the programme and the monthly training camps, having the ability to have the team all in the same branded clothing whilst travelling and at the tournament is so important. It helps everyone feel part of a National Team, and also sends out a strong message at tournaments that we are a national team competing for our country.”
Great Britain will face Armenia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, France and Austria at the 6 team tournament at the Thailand International Ice Arena in Bangkok, starting on Tuesday 6th December.