MANCHESTER Phoenix Ice Hockey Club is continuing the link-up with Bolton University will continue as its educational partner for another year.

Bolton University will continue to offer the club’s players bursaries for some of their courses, allowing themto continue to play while studying.

Since 2008 a number of players have benefited from the opportunity, helping the club attract top talent from the UK and abroad.

Ben Wood, defenceman for Manchester Phoenix, is currently in the third and final year of his course at Bolton and believes the opportunity has been invaluable. He said: “It’s really beneficial for me to continue my academic studies at Bolton University while playing at the 2013/14 EPL champion Manchester Phoenix Ice Hockey Club.”