The future of Bangor City Junior Hockey Club is under threat after a decision from Anglesey Council to replace the astroturf pitch at Llangefni’s Plas Arthur Leisure Centre, where they are based, with a ‘3G rubber crumb’ pitch which is unsuitable for hockey.
Installation of the new 3G pitch in Llangefni would mean the junior hockey club would have to relocate – but finding a suitable venue with available days and times and somewhere to store all their equipment, could prove to be impossible, meaning the club could face closure if an alternative venue can’t be found.
The club have sent numerous emails to Anglesey Council and have appealed for them to re-think and install a multi-sport surface which is more suitable for hockey, but so far their appeals have been in vain.
Hockey For All
Bangor Hockey club now have over 80 junior players and have successfully developed players to represent North Wales at Under 13, U16 and U18 age groups. The club was recently awarded the Gold Insport Award from Disability Sport Wales – the first hockey club in Wales to achieve the award.
The club have also been approached by Hoci Wales, along with Penarth HC to arrange a FLYERZ team: Flyerz Hockey is a new initiative recently rolled out by Hockey Wales to give people with intellectual disabilities access to Hockey. Flyerz is predominately played outdoors on water or sand based pitches to give the participants the true hockey experience.
Bangor Hockey Club will have the responsibility of driving and promoting Flyerz hockey in Anglesey and further regions in North Wales, also holding sessions in local special needs schools and organising taster sessions for other sports clubs so that the participants have the opportunity to try Flyerz hockey.
In a heartfelt appeal on Facebook the club also highlighted that they are responsible for organising fun days that bring a variety of participants to try hockey for the first time and many then become a member of the club.
The objective for Bangor is to have a full Flyerz hockey team in the coming months/years and to produce players that have the quality to play for the Welsh National Flyerz Team and compete in the Antwerp 2019 European Parahockey Championship; However this will not be possible if the club don’t have a base on Anglesey, also meaning there would be no school hockey matches held on the Island.
The club now have a meeting with Ria Mal, head of development at Hoci Wales, next Tuesday, 29th May, in a race against time to change the decision of Anglesey Council, who hope to have the new 3G pitch installed by this September.
To voice your concerns you can contact:
Ria Male: Hoci Wales – email@example.com
or Gerallt Roberts (commercial leisure manager at Anglesey council):