Great Britain Bandy Association

The Great Britain Bandy Association (GBBA) is the governing body of the sport of bandy in the United Kingdom. It is based in The Fens part of Cambridgeshire, East Anglia.[1] Formerly, the federation was named Bandy Federation of England.[2] After some years with less activity, the federation was restarted and given the name England Bandy Federation in January 2017. In September 2017 the present name was adopted, as the federation widened its scope to all of the UK.

The logo of the Great Britain Bandy Association.
The logo of the England Bandy Federation.

The men's Great Britain national bandy team made its debut at the 2019 Bandy World Championship. A Great Britain women's national bandy team has also been formed and made its international debut in 2022 at the 2022 Women's Bandy World Championship.[3]

The Association has the purpose to have a full-size indoor bandy field in the Littleport Ice Stadium, which is yet to be funded (2018).[4] Apart from that, rink bandy will be arranged where there are no full-size bandy rinks.


President is Rev Lyn Gibb-de Swarte of Littleport and a past resident of Streatham in southwest London, where she was chair of the Streatham ice speed club, ice hockey club and of the association of ice clubs. Vice Presidents; Thomas Parker and Clare Ledbury. The chair is Andrew Hutchinson. The treasurer is Tammy Nichol Twallin. General Secretary, Fixtures and Minutes Secretary, Cathy Gibb-de Swarte. They are all busy promoting the sport for all and will be instituting rink bandy around the country. The president is the project director of the Littleport Ice Stadium Project and plans are already drawn for a 400 metres indoor speed skating oval and an inner ice pad 100 × 60 metres bandy pitch.

History of bandy in EnglandEdit

Bandy has a proud history in Britain. England is seen as one of the sport's birthplaces, together with Wales and Russia where a similar games developed simultaneously. Games which can be seen as bandy were played in the Fens in the 19th Century. The first English governing body for bandy, the National Bandy Association, was founded in 1891.[5][6] The first rules were written down by Charles Goodman Tebbutt in 1882.[7]

Some English sports clubs had both football and bandy on their programme in the 19th Century, playing bandy when there was snow and ice in the winter time, for instance Nottingham Forest F.C.[8] The match which was later dubbed the original bandy match, was held at the Crystal Palace in London in 1875. However, at the time, the game was called "hockey on the ice",[9] probably as it was considered an ice variant of field hockey. The first international match took place in 1891 between the English Bury Fen Bandy Club and Haarlemsche Hockey & Bandy Club, the present HC Bloemendaal from the Netherlands. The same year, the National Bandy Association was started in England.[9] England national bandy team won the 1913 European Bandy Championships in Davos, Switzerland, where national teams from eight countries played.[10][11] Following the outbreak of the First World War, the interest for bandy vanished in England and the National Bandy Association was discontinued.

There is now a renewed interest in the sport steered by the new Great Britain Bandy Federation. The president of the Football Association, the Prince William, enthusiastically took part in a bandy event in Stockholm in January 2018.[12]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ England Bandy Federation at Facebook, seen 15 January 2017
  2. ^ Members Archived 27 January 2017 at the Wayback Machine as of 2016
  3. ^ Graeme Macpherson (20 December 2022). "First ever Team GB bandy team founded as they look forward to first Championships". The Herald. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  4. ^ Archived 27 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine seen on 15 January 2017
  5. ^ "Bandyhistoria 1875-1919". Swedish Bandy Association. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  6. ^ "About ABA/History". American Bandy Association. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  7. ^ Helen Burchell (21 February 2006). "A handy Bandy guide..." BBC. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  8. ^ Collins, Tony; Martin, John; Vamplew, Wray (2005). Encyclopedia of traditional British rural sports. ISBN 9780415352246.
  9. ^ a b Svenska Bandyförbundet, bandyhistoria 1875-1919 Archived 2013-10-19 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Bandy: A concise history of the extreme sport". Russia Beyond the Headlines. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  11. ^ Bandy World Map – England Archived 24 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Lyn of Littleport invited to Stockholm to watch Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play bandy". 31 January 2018.