Tunbridge Wells (TW) Flyerz has been revealed as the winner of the 2019 KUDOS Award after a vote by attendees at Kent Sport’s annual Everyday Active Conference. They will receive a £500 prize towards the development of the project. Hawkinge Hurricanes and Maidstone United Raiders finished as runners-up and will receive £250 each.
The three finalists were selected by a judging panel from a record number of entries earlier in the year. They then worked with Kent Sport, and our media partners, over the summer to produce a short promotional film which premiered at the conference on Tuesday 15 October. Attendees at the conference, ranging across the sport, leisure, community and health sectors, were able to vote for the overall winner.
Flyerz is England Hockey’s name for hockey for those with physical or learning disabilities. TW Flyerz is a section established in 2017 at Tunbridge Wells Hockey Club (TWHC) to bring Flyerz hockey to the club, the first club in Kent to offer this. Flyerz aims to put the focus on the abilities and needs of the individual, not on the disability, providing opportunities for players at all levels.
Hawkinge Hurricanes is a non-profit, all-ability, all-inclusive, road running club, with a schedule of three to four sessions per week at two different sites. The club was formed in 2016 and now has well over 200 members, supported by 11 volunteers including four England Athletics trained Mental Health Champions, and three visually impaired (VI) guide runners.
Maidstone United Raiders
Maidstone United Raiders provides opportunities for over 120 children and adults with disabilities. The programme has been running since 2004 and has grown to include 15 teams playing in the adult and junior Kent disability leagues, catering for ages ranging from 5 to 65. Off the field, participants can gain work experience through match day roles for the MUFC first team such as stewarding, cleaning, operating turnstiles and selling programmes.
About the KUDOS Award
The KUDOS Award was established by Kent Sport in 2017 to recognise and reward innovative projects which are helping people in Kent and Medway to be more active.
More information about the award and previous finalist projects can be found at www.kentsport.org/kudos.