INTRODUCTION TO FLYERZ HOCKEY

In 2011, Access Sport’s Ignite 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 disability inclusive hockey in England. There are now 15 Flyerz sections across England providing inclusive hockey for disabled people. The Midland Mencap Flyerz team represented England at the recent 2017 European ParaHockey tournament, winning GOLD in the Challenger competition. There are several European ParaHockey tournaments taking place in 2018, and the next European ParaHockey tournament taking place alongside the European Championships will take place in Antwerp in 2019. 

Access Sport’s Ignite Programme is working in partnership with existing Flyerz hockey clubs, Access Sport ambassadors Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh and England Hockey to expand the Flyerz movement across England. Our vision by 2020 is for there to be at least 45 Flyerz sections running across England with the development of local, regional and national Flyerz events.


HOW CAN ACCESS SPORT SUPPORT YOUR HOCKEY CLUB?

  • Expert advice and support on club and youth development from a dedicated full-time member of staff
  • Access to digital and physical resources to aid inclusive club and youth development including:
    • What is Flyerz Hockey and FAQs 
    • Flyerz Handbook 
    • Disability Inclusion Training Manual 
    • Flyerz Case Studies 
  • 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 (2 x a year), coach/volunteer/young leader development training, inter-club matches, regional events and national events
  • Financial support for items that support the sustainable development of Flyerz hockey e.g. equipment, coach/volunteer development training and youth development

* Please contact [email protected] to receive a copy of the resources / join the mailing list, dropbox and Facebook group.


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

EVENTS

Saturday 19th May 2018 - Flyerz Fun Day at Waltham Forest Hockey Club, London

An opportunity to meet other Flyerz clubs and players, participate in skills training and fun matches, and networking opportunities for existing Flyerz clubs and interested clubs. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

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 Adam Thomas for more information:

Email – [email protected]

Twitter - @Access Sport / @FlyerzHockey

The Flyerz Family