England team returns home Euro Para Hockey Champions
It is gold for England! Midlands Mencap represented England Flyerz in the EuroHockey ParaHockey tournament where they beat Spain to win gold out in Amsterdam. The tournament was run alongside the Euro Hockey Championships in the Netherlands and took place from August 20-23 at Amsterdam hockey club Pinoké.
The tournment is for hockey players with a learning impairment and includes representatives from a host of different European countries.
England beat Spain in a shoot out to claim the top spot. The other teams competing include France and Holland in a 7-aside tournament.
There are three tiers that make up the Championship and England competed in Challenge tier, for beginners. The event saw 200 athletes, 9 countries and 12 teams competing in this inclusive event.
The team first represented England Flyerz at a Parahockey tournament when it was hosted in England during the 2015 Euros. This is the first time England Flyerz has won gold at a Parahockey tournament. Helen and Kate Richardson-Walsh presented the team with their medals.