Flyerz Hockey to take over the Copper Box!


On 26th August England Hockey will be taking over the Copper Box Arena to host the first National Flyerz Hockey Festival in conjunction with the European Hockey Championships.

The Flyerz Festival is an inclusive event that will see players and volunteers from Flyerz clubs across the country come together for fun hockey activities and small sided games.
One player who is heading down with his family is John Willis. From Cambridge John runs a consultancy business and is founder of the charity Power2Inspire. Growing up he was enthusiastic about all mainstream sports, however being born without fully-formed arms and legs, opportunities to participate were limited and he found swimming was the most accessible sport. Fast forward to 2013 and John participated in a triathlon relay with two non-disabled friends. Taking part in a mixed ability setting made him realise what he’s been missing and sparked Power2Inspire.
“I have realised rather late that with some adaptations I can play all sorts of sports.  I want to share this fun with everyone and inspire people to find their sport.  Power2Inspire is all about inclusion through sport, making it normal for everyone – old and young, male and female, disabled and non-disabled – to play together, finding their level and preferred sport and having fun.  This is not about disabled people doing sport but everyone joining in.”
In the run up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic and Olympic Games, John and the Power2Inspire team have set themselves the ‘Road to Rio’ challenge, whereby they’re attempting as many of the 62 different sports as possible! Highlights so far include a team triathlon, table tennis and hockey at Cambridge City Hockey Club.

Road2Rio - John Willis

 Although John’s parents were hockey players, the session allowed him to do two things for the first time. He was able to play hockey and to play sport with his two daughters. To read an account of John’s day at Cambridge City, please take a look at his website; 
It was here where John and his family were invited to the Flyerz Festival and when asked what he was looking forward to most about the day;
“I’m excited about taking part in the Flyerz Festival. I love playing with my daughters and the thrill of participating even though I am 54”
England Hockey wish John and his team the best of luck in their Road to Rio challenge and if you want to want to find out more about the Flyerz Festival or Flyerz Hockey in general please visit