Ice Hockey UK and Dumfries and Galloway Council have won their bid to host the 2021 Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Scotland.

The Division II Group A tournament will be held at the Dumfries Ice Bowl from 19th to 22nd January 2021.

Great Britain Under-18 Women will be joined by Netherlands, Australia and Spain for the four-team IIHF tournament.

The event is subject to various government restrictions being lifted by the time of the tournament.

IHUK general secretary, Andy French, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Dumfries and we are excited to be taking international ice hockey back there again.

“I know the IIHF rate the venue, hotels and the all-round facilities very highly and we are proud to be hosting in the UK once again.”

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

“Our council has gained 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 partners to deliver this events.”