Bangor HC has proudly become the first hockey club in Wales to be awarded the ‘Insport Gold club standard’. The ‘Insport Gold’ is the highest accolade a club can be awarded by Disability Sport Wales; a charity is driven to transform lives through the power of sport.
Although Bangor has always been an inclusive club, the journey to Gold began in 2015, after they were approached by Disability Sport Officer, Tom Rogers, who’d recognized the club had disabled members. Together Bangor HC and Disability Sport Wales worked hard to aspire to new heights; achieving the ‘Club Ribbon’ initially, followed by the Bronze and Silver standards in 2017.
The arrival of this new addition to the club’s family of feats certainly projects the club into an even stronger position when venturing out to attract new members of all ages and abilities. Paired with this achievement Bangor is one of the first clubs to launch a ‘Parahockey (Flyerz) pathway’, which will see them take a lead role in the disability sport community.
Sharing his pride on behalf of Bangor Hockey Club and reflecting on the journey ahead, Platinum Young Ambassador, Harri Evans told us:
“This has been a major achievement for our club. On the whole, we’ve always been an inclusive club and it’s great for all our members to say they’re part of this. We aspire to continue building on the success we’ve already achieved and look forward to the journey of launching our parahockey pathway in North Wales soon. It may seem a daunting journey and long process, but we’ve certainly found out it can be a very rewarding experience for everyone involved”.
Bangor will join Penarth HC as the first two clubs to officially launch a Flyerz Hockey programme in Wales. Flyerz Hockey is successfully in place across many clubs across Europe, encouraging more people with disabilities to engage with our sport.