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:

  • BBC South East coverage of Tunbridge Wells players playing for England at the Euro ParaHockey Championships in August

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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.)
  • Invitation to Flyerz club forums, coach/volunteer/young leader development training, inter-club matches, regional events and national events

EVENTS

Hampstead & Westminster Flyerz Session:

When: Friday, 26th July 11am-12:30pm

Where: Paddington Recreation Ground, Maida Vale W9 1PD

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!

Hannah Bevan, Hockey Wales, Head of Development (Interim) 

[email protected]

Katie Brown, Scottish Hockey, West Regional Development Manager

[email protected]

Steve Bradley, Midland Mencap Flyerz Lead, Euro ParaHockey Championship England Flyerz Coach

[email protected]

Francis Bridgeman, Tunbridge Wells Flyerz Lead, Euro ParaHockey Championship England Flyerz Coach

[email protected]

Jo Brown, Surbiton Flyerz Lead

[email protected]


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