Flyerz Week: Two clubs share their different ways of delivering sessions

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The impact of Flyerz has had on individuals has been incredible, we want to share two journeys from clubs about Flyerz sections in their clubs. 

Folkestone Optimist hockey club have always had a Hockey for all approach, welcoming new members. This includes players with learning difficulties, and with Autism from Asperger Syndrome to Autism Spectrum Disorder. They all play for the club in the Kent Outdoor Hockey Leagues.

They set up a Flyerz section this year to expand their coaching outreach, called Hockey 4U. They are work with Shepway Sports Trust, providing coaching at Beacon School from ages as young as 3 up to 19. Children with complex needs, profound and severe learning difficulties and physical and sensory impairments.

‘We intend to expand “Flyerz Hockey” to include the disabled, and Flyerz to those in all schools and at home. Working with Access sport, Cerebral Palsy Sport, and Shepway Sports Trust.’ 

Bishop’s Stortford Hockey club have recently set up a Flyerz section, 17 year old Claudia got in touch wanting to share her and her sibling’s journey to hockey through Flyerz and the impact it has had. 

‘I am 17, my sister Scarlett is 15 and my brother Oliver is 13. We helped Stortford Hockey set up the Flyerz section of the club and now we are coach assistants at the monthly sessions we run. Our team is still small and made up of kids who I think have really benefitted from having other kids to help them out. It has been a completely new experience for the three of us and given us a whole new set of communication skills as well as new friends.’

We hope through sharing these journeys we can inspire other clubs to develop and adapt to welcome more people into hockey via Flyerz. If you are interested in learning more please get in touch with Access Sport or read more about Flyerz here.