The first Halemere Flyerz hockey tournament for disabled children took place at Woolmer Hill on Thursday 5th December. 26 keen and apprehensive children arrived to play hockey matches against each other and it was marvellous to see these children with considerable skill levels enjoying the fun of playing a team sport. There were children from Treloar School in Alton, The Ridgeway Farnham, Rodborough special needs, Hollywater School Bordon and Challengers Farnham. Even the Haslemere Mayor, Libby Piper with a hockey background herself, was nearly persuaded to join in the fun.
Haslemere Hockey Club has a programme of coaching in various special needs schools in the school week, with these tournaments now planned for every 4-6 weeks at Woolmer Hill to bring everyone together - on the indoor pitch during the winter and outdoors when our spring and summer eventually return. Other schools where Haslemere coaches have or will be busy include George Abbott special needs in Guildford and Gosden House in Bramley. All these children may have a level of disability, but in essence they are like any other child, wanting to have fun, learn a new skill and meet new friends. Oh and also score goals - number one priority for most!
On the horizon for March 2014 is the first Haslemere Flyerz match against Walthamstow Flyerz in East London and possibly a Para Hockey tournament in Holland next year, which will be a challenge.
Haslemere Hockey Club thanks Charley Mccumisky and Tony Richards for driving the Flyerz project forward, and they have had immense enjoyment with these very able children. If anyone is interested in helping, wants to play or needs any information, then please contact Peter Lawrence on firstname.lastname@example.org. Sport for All is a very good motto.