Ice Hockey UK and Dumfries and Galloway Council have been successful in their bid to host two IIHF World Championship tournaments next year.

The Dumfries Ice Bowl will host the Women’s Division II Group A tournament in April 2019, as well as the Under-18 Women Division I Group B in January 2019.

Following no relegation in the women’s structure last season, as part of the process to enlarge the top flight to 10 teams, GB will host Australia, DPR Korea, Mexico and Slovenia, along with Spain who were promoted from Division II Group B. The six-team tournament will run from 2nd to 8th April 2019.

The U18 Women’s tournament will take place from 6th to 12th January 2019 in Dumfries. GB are joined by France, Poland and China, as well as promoted Netherlands and Norway who were relegated from the second tier last season.

IHUK chairman, Richard Grieveson, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure two more international tournaments for the UK.

“We have a proven track record of hosting tournaments at all levels and we are excited to have two top women’s events next season in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council.”

Dumfries and Galloway Council event champion, Adam Wilson, said: “The news that our council has been chosen to hold another two World Championship events is fantastic news.

“Our council has gain a reputation of being able to deliver world-class events within the region, particularly at the Dumfries Ice Bowl.

“These events, which bring with them significant economic impact, provide opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses in our region in tandem with creating opportunities to inspire our young people, raise ambition and support children to be healthy and active.

“I look forward to working with Ice Hockey UK and other stakeholders to deliver these events.”