Watkins Named As GB U20’s Head Coach

Tommy Watkins has been named as head coach of Great Britain Under-20s.

Watkins, who will continue in his roles as head coach of EPL side Telford Tigers and assistant coach of GB Men, steps up from his position of assistant coach of the U20s.

He said: “I am so proud to be named as coach of GB Under-20s.

“I believe passionately about the young players in the game and this is a fantastic role for me.

“We have a great set of young GB players at the moment and I can’t wait to work with them again.

“Getting the gold medal with Pete Russell last season was fantastic and we can now build on that in Division 1B.

“It’s going to be a tough challenge for everyone, it’s a step up to a higher level.

“We will expect a lot from the players through their commitment, hard work and attention to detail. The journey begins now.”

National team advisor for IHUK, Paul Thompson, said: “Tommy Watkins was a perfect fit to fill the head coaching position at the Under-20s once Peter was promoted.

“He is smart, diligent and very prepared – and one of our talented young coaches in the British game.

“He has very good tournament experience and knowledge of the pool of players he will be picking his teams from.

“I’m thrilled he accepted the post and very importantly keeps that conduit between the GB teams I was looking for.”