INTRODUCTION TO FLYERZ HOCKEY

In 2011, Access Sport’s Disability Inclusion Programme was launched to support local community sports clubs become more inclusive of young disabled people. Access Sport partnered with Waltham Forest Hockey Club to create the first fully inclusive hockey section in England, which was named ‘Forest Flyerz’ and inspired other clubs to introduce ‘Flyerz’ hockey.

‘Flyerz’ hockey is the name widely associated with grassroots disability inclusive hockey in Great Britain. There are now more than 20 Flyerz sections across England, Wales and Scotland, providing inclusive hockey for disabled people. 

Access Sport is working in partnership with existing Flyerz hockey clubs, Spirit of 2012, Access Sport ambassadors Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, England Hockey and Hockey Wales to expand the Flyerz movement across Great Britain. Our vision by 2021 is for there to be at least 50 Flyerz sections running across the country with the development of local, regional and national Flyerz events.  

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FLYERZ in the MEDIA:

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  • Read this Flyerz feature in The Telegraph to learn more about the tremendous impact Flyerz has on participants, families, volunteers and clubs. 

HOW CAN ACCESS SPORT SUPPORT YOUR HOCKEY CLUB?

  • Expert advice and access to digital and physical resources to aid inclusive club and youth development including:
    • Flyerz Handbook 
    • Disability Inclusion Training 
    • Flyerz Case Studies 
  • Contact [email protected] to join the Flyerz community network – "Flyerz Hockey" Facebook group, shared Dropbox for shared best practice (session plans, equipment ideas etc.), Flyerz mailing list 
  • Invitation to Flyerz club forums, coach/volunteer/young leader development training, inter-club matches, regional events and national events

EVENTS

#FlyerzWeek 2019

When: 13th-19th May

What - #FlyerzWeek is an online conversation harnessing social media to create a buzz/conversation around Flyerz Hockey, raising the profile for one dedicated week of content sharing. It’s a week to ask questions, promote what you do and organise activities. Twitter: @FlyerzHockey

Who – Everyone! Clubs, coaches, volunteers, players, umpires, NGB’s, hockey makers, disability groups…No matter how long you have been associated with Flyerz Hockey we want to hear from you!

Forest Flyerz Fun Day

When: Saturday, 18th May 11am - 3pm 

Where: Walthamstow Academy, Billet Rd, Walthamstow, London E17 5DP

National Flyerz Festival

When: Sunday, 19th May 10:30am - 12pm, then stay to watch women's and men's Team GB play Belgium (1pm and 3pm)

Where: Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

For more information: http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/page.asp?section=2531&sectionTitle=National+Flyerz+Festival+2019

Wakefield Flyerz Festival

When: The weekend of 7th-9th June 2019

Where: Wakefield Hockey Club

This fun-filled weekend will include a mix of games, coaching and other fun events with local and international Flyerz/ParaHockey teams! For more information on attending or bringing a team, please contact: 

Norman Hughes at [email protected] and/or Tom Heyes at [email protected]  

Euro ParaHockey Championships:

When: 18-21st August 

Where: Antwerp, Belgium 

For more information, please visit https://eurohockey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Euro-ParaHockey-Championships-2019-Information-Pack-1.pdf

ACCESS SPORT FLYERZ HOCKEY CHAMPIONS

Flyerz Champions are important members of the Flyerz community, hockey family and Access Sport team. This group of dedicated individuals are great resources for any club looking to join the Flyerz movement or wanting to learn more about disability inclusive hockey.  Please feel free contact them and utilise their expertise!

Pani TheodorouAccess Sport Community Ambassador

Email: [email protected]

Pani started the first fully inclusive Flyerz section at Waltham Forest Hockey Club in 2011 and she’s still coaching Forest Flyerz today! With Pani’s passion and enthusiasm for all things Flyerz, she is a wonderful resource for clubs that are looking for guidance and expert advice on where to begin and how to promote your sessions.  With many years of experience, she will be able to provide her expertise on running inclusive and sustainable sessions including adapting equipment and game formats.  Pani can advise on taking a team to international events and integrating Flyerz into your club! Additionally, Pani will help organise and run regional and national Flyerz events throughout the year including the Flyerz Festival and Flyerz Club Day.


ACCESS SPORT FLYERZ HOCKEY AMBASSADORS

The Flyerz Hockey movement is supported by Access Sport ambassadors Kate & Helen Richardson-Walsh, along with the men and women's England teams.

“Hockey is a fantastic game for everyone to play. It’s so important that we support young people into sport, particularly those with disabilities. It is an honour to be an Access Sport ambassador” Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE

HOW TO GET INVOLVED? 

Access Sport are proud to support Flyerz hockey and are committed to supporting the development of Flyerz hockey across England. If you would like to learn more about Flyerz hockey or are considering launching a Flyerz section at your club or organisation please feel free to get in touch.

Please contact Libby Nichols for more information:

Email – [email protected]

Twitter - @Access Sport / @FlyerzHockey