It's game on in Markham!
Volt Hockey now has a new home in Markham. In partnership with Variety , the city is holding this summer camp for youth with physical disabilities throughout the month of July. Susan Hay has the story.
In partnership with the Royal Danish Consulate General, Variety Village launched Canada’s first Volt Hockey League! Volt Hockey is an accessible form of hockey, played in a specially designed Hockey Sport Chair by people with a variety of disabilities including Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Osteoporosis and Dwarfism. Volt Hockey is played by over 50 teamsin Denmark, Norway and Sweden and now, it’s at Variety Village.
Learn to play!
This program is designed to introduce youngsters with varied mobility to the game hockey using a motorized vehicle. The one hour class is designed to teach the use of the chair and the fundamentals of the sport. Intermediate/Advanced classes will continue to focus on the rules of the game as we train towards competitions.
The game is played by two teams in an indoor court or gymnasium. Normally there are three players on each team on the court at a time, with two 15 minute halves in a game and two referees. The game is played in a standardized manner around the globe, according to an International Rule Book.
One of the unique features of VOLT Hockey is that the chairs do not belong to the players, but instead to a Hockey Club facility where they are stored and maintained. Variety Village has purchased 10 chairs in partnership with VOLT Hockey Canada sponsored by individual donors.
Saturday 2:00pm-3:00pm | Age: 7+
Saturday 3:00pm-4:30pm | Age: 7+
For more information contact:
Manager of Teams and Team Events
416 699 7167 x 255
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There are many adaptive variations of hockey including sledge hockey, blind hockey and now, volt hockey! AMI’s Kelly MacDonald introduces us to the latest incarnation of Canada’s favourite sport.
Live in action!
Variety Village hosted a Volt Hockey during March Break to introduce the sport to young athletes with disabilities. During the camp we had the Danish Volt Hockey champion, Nicklas Charlton and UB-Let representative Allan Johansen training six young athletes with disabilities how to play Volt Hockey and use the chairs.
Volt Hockey Launch
Thanks to our donors, we received over $100,000 to launch this new movement for inclusion in sport. Following a week-long VOLT Hockey Camp held over the March break, the players from Variety Village VOLT Hockey demonstrated their skills at the Volt Hockey Launch on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
All about Volt Hockey
- The Goal
- The Volt Hockey Chair
- The Game
- Organizing a Team
- A difference 10 chairs can make?
Canada has an exciting opportunity to launch Electric Hockey, or “Volt Hockey”. Played by over 50 teams in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the United States, Volt Hockey is an accessible sport that “equalizes the playing field” for youth with disabilities, allowing them to engage in a social team-based sport. Played in the Danish-designed Hockey Sport Chair, Volt Hockey only requires that players be able to manipulate a joystick. For the first time, Volt Hockey is coming to the land of hockey – Canada!
Volt Hockey originated in the 1990s, when the Crown Prince of Denmark donated funds to the Danish Disabled Sports Federation. These funds were used to create a new accessible sport that could be played by youths with otherwise little access to sport. The sport has grown significantly across Scandinavia, providing access to sport for individuals with physical disabilities such as Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Osteoporosis and Dwarfism, among others.
The journey to bring Volt Hockey to Canada began in 2014, when the Royal Danish Consulate General in Toronto became aware of the sport and decided to host the first demonstration during the Fall of 2014 with the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark. Due to the overwhelming response and the realization that there is a large unmet need for access to sports for individuals with physical disabilities, the project to bring Volt Hockey to Canada took off.
Spearheaded by the Volt Hockey Canada Co-Chairs, Penny Shore and Arne Nordtorp, the goal was to set up the first Volt Hockey Club at Variety Village in Toronto, to provide access to sport for 50 children with physical disabilities within the first launch year.
The rate of participation of youths with physical disabilities is seven times less than the average population. Their participation in sports promises to improve their physical, emotional and mental well-being. Beyond the immediate health benefits of participating in recreation, team-based sports provides youths, their families and the community with a wider social involvement and an increased support network. Committed to the principles of breaking down barriers and inclusivity in sport, the Co-Chairs plan to roll out Volt Hockey across Canada, building on the success of the first club.
Volt Hockey is a game played in a specially Danish-designed chair for youth (6 years and up) with severe physical disabilities and limited upper body strength. This chair, unlike many standard wheelchairs, is low to the ground, helping to ensure the safety of the rider by making it nearly impossible to flip. Made of molded beech wood on a metal frame the chair runs on two electric motors that use rechargeable batteries.
Moreover, due to the exceptional design, the chair provides unparalleled performance, being able to turn 360 degrees on a dime and reach up to 13km/hour. The chair is equipped with a 4 point seatbelt to maintain stability and comes in 3 fully modifiable sizes, depending on the height of the player. Depending on an individual’s physical disability, modifiable cushions could be placed in the chair to ensure the player’s comfort.
The chair needs minimal maintenance apart from replacing the batteries every two years, and regular maintenance at the 5 and 10 year marks.
The game is played by two teams in an indoor court or gymnasium. Normally there are 3 players on each team on the court at a time, with two 15 minutes halves in a game and two referees. The game is played in a standardized manner around the globe, according to an International Rule Book. By playing the game in a standardized manner globally, teams can compete in international tournaments.
One of the unique features of Volt Hockey is that the chairs do not belong to players, but instead to a Hockey Club facility, where they are stored and maintained. With 10-12 chairs of various sizes, a Club typically hosts at least five teams comprising of approximately 10 players each.
Depending on the Club’s schedule, each team practices 1-2 times per week for 2 hours. Matches between teams are typically held at least once per month. International Championships is held each year in the spring and fall, where the leading clubs from around the globe can participate.
With only 3% of youths with disabilities receiving any regular physical activity, there is an opportunity to increase active living for them, which has the benefit of improving their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Although some sports and recreational activities are available for children with physical disabilities, those with limited upper body strength have even more limited options. Furthermore, there are very few options that give youths with severe physical disabilities the ability to independently partake in a team-based sport, as they often must rely on others to help them play sport. Volt Hockey provides both the access and independence to team-based sport.
By purchasing 10 chairs, facilities such as Variety Village in Toronto, can expand their programming for youths with disabilities and begin to engage a further segment of the population that otherwise may not be active in sports. Stored and maintained by the Club, the fully adjustable chairs allow at least 5 different teams to be located at the same Club thereby providing access for at least 50 full-time players per year. With limited maintenance, the upfront investment in the equipment can provide continued access to sport for youths for up to 15 years.
Lives are changed through the spirit of sport. Volt Hockey offers endless opportunities – eliminating barriers and leveling the playing field in sport for youth with disabilities. Your partnership will provide significant benefit to the player, their family and our community.
For the Players
- Improves physical, emotional and mental well-being through fun and play
– Builds confidence that empowers each player to participate regardless of their physical ability
– Teaches skills and instills a life-long desire for activity
– Provides a forum of outreach to children and youth with disability, affirming their place on the playing field
– Empowers parents who advocate daily for their child
– Increases their support network, providing wider social involvement for them and their child
– Builds a community of families in their desire to “level the playing field” for their child
– Provides respite care for families in a safe and fun environment
For the Community
- Actively engages our community in a philanthropic commitment to inclusivity and empowering others through sports
– Identifies Canada as a leader in fostering opportunities for individuals with a disability
– Creates a platform for national and international competition
Thanks to our donors, we have received over $100,000 to
launch this new movement for inclusion in sport!
The impact of this sport is an increased opportunity for children with disabilities to participate in sport, improve their fitness, and build their confidence playing Canada’s beloved game.
The milestones for the program included recruiting 10 members this year, introducing the participants to the sport and hosting a friendly competition at Variety Village. Over time, we wish to grow the league and develop a team that can compete provincially, nationally and internationally.
We would welcome your visit to the Village so you can see for yourself the sheer joy our young people experience participating in this exiting sport.
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