Ice Hockey UK’s Great Britain Programme Board have appointed Steven Lynch as the new head coach of Great Britain Under-16s.

The 40-year-old began and ended his playing career with Fife Flyers and also had an eight-season spell with Edinburgh Capitals.

The Kirkcaldy-born forward also played for Dumfries, Ayr and Paisley, while he also represented GB at under-20 and under-18 level.

Lynch is currently heading-up Scottish ice hockey’s national coaching programme and was appointed head coach of SIH-UK last year by David Hand. He has previously had a stint as assistant coach of Fife.

“I am delighted to be appointed as GB Under-16s head coach,” Lynch said.

“I am relishing the challenge of working with and developing the most promising junior players in the country to prepare them for what hopefully will become long international careers.

“It’s exciting for me to be given this opportunity to be involved in the GB programme and I can’t wait to get started.

“Having spent the last three years working with SIH and their national programme, I felt that the time was right to test myself at the next level of junior hockey while continuing to further my own education as a coach.”

IHUK national development head coach, Tony Hand, said: “Steven is an excellent coach and is well regarded in Scotland and across UK ice hockey.

“He has a passion to develop young players and so is a perfect fit for the role of GB Under-16s head coach.

“I think he will be great for the GB programme and I look forward to working with him.”