Here in England disability hockey is limited within clubs. That needn’t be the case. Hockey is a sport that’s easily adapted to different ability levels, so there’s huge potential for hockey to become one of the leaders in disability inclusion. Our vision at Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club is that anyone who wants to play hockey can play hockey.
We want disabled children, young people and adults to have access to hockey coaching and competition. This will only become reality if we, the hockey family, make it happen. Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club (FOHC) has started disability hockey in our club. It’s not just the Olympians who can inspire: we intend to inspire
The Outreach team have linked with various organisations, such as SportStart, Kent Sport, Shepway Sports Trust, Beacon School, Tunbridge Wells HC and EHCC Para Hockey. We have contacted all the local primary schools and have completed 2 road shows with various disability groups. One member of the team has also attended a session at Surbiton HC.
As part of this programme we are offering several free sessions, with all equipment being provided. Dates are 3rd June 1st July and 5th August. From 1000hrs to 1100hrs.
We have also managed to obtain some small amount of funding from Folkestone Lions which enabled us to purchase some initial equipment. Further along we hope to be to purchase T-shirts for those who attend the Sunday sessions. In time some may also wish to attend normal hockey sessions or back to hockey.
Below is a link to a flyer: