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What does APHC mean?

Antwerp Powerchair Hockey Collective

What is APHC?

We are a non-profit organization in Antwerp. Created to connect international powerchair hockey players together so they can learn from each other and become a better version of themselves.

Who is in charge of this organization?

We are a group of PCH players from Belgium who’s biggest dream was to do something for the community. Something no one else did. We are talkers, but more of the do-ers. We don’t just dream. We make dreams come true.

What does the collective do?

We organize tournaments and in the future the first international hockey camp ever. It’s our mission to create space for international powerchair hockey players.

How can I help the collective?

By sharing our mission in the first place. But of course, all our dreams come with a bill to pay. If you like to support a cause like ours, make a gift or donation. Click here to go to our page.

What is powerchair hockey?

Powerchair hockey or e-hockey is played with electric sports wheelchairs where two teams compete against each other. It is a mixed sport and is intended to get people with a physical disability to exercise in a team format. This variant of hockey is a combination of field hockey and ice hockey. Wheelchairs are allowed to drive a maximum of 18 km/h and in each team you have 5 players.

Can anyone just play this type of hockey?

No, there are guidelines. You have to have a physical disability like muscular dystrophy or achondroplasia. To keep the game fair, each player gets an examination by certain doctors which give the player a score from 0,5 to 5. Players with ‘5’ as score, aren’t allowed to play as they are too strong. Each team has to keep their team combination on the field below 12 or 12.

How accessible is this sport? Can weaker people participate?

Yes, it’s one of the few team sports in the world. The sticks the handstick athletes use aren’t very heavy so players with enough strength in their arms can easily hold it. A bit weaker? You can install a stick on your wheelchair in the form of the letter ‘T’. The sides help take the ball with you.

What about the wheelchairs?

There are a few manufacturers in Europe who have invented powerchair hockey wheelchairs, specifically for this sport. You go faster than any other wheelchair and you can spin in one place, which gives you more space in the game. One of our partners is the Dutch manufacturer Scouts Mobility who developed The Warrior. And yes, all wheelchairs are safe.

How popular is this sport?

The sport is known in three continents of the world, and more to come. Europe has the most countries who play powerchair hockey like Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark (World Champions), Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic and so many more.

One of our goals is to make powerchair hockey more popular and known by society.

Can I watch some videos?

Of course. On our YouTube page are videos of the matches that took place on our first and second edition of 2v2 cup.

What is the difference between a 2v2 and 5v5 game?

In normal competition, you’ll always see 5 players against 5. We wanted to shake things up. That’s why we organize tournaments where it’s 2 players against 2 players on a much smaller field. It gives more room to do tricks and to practice technique on scoring.

When was the first 2v2 tournament held?

In Belgium was the very first 2v2 tournament played in 2017. It was a one-time thing and then in Denmark. Twice. After Denmark we took this variation of our sport. Our first edition was September ’21 and last year the second edition was even better than the previous (We don’t lie. It’s what our athletes told us!)

When is the next 2v2 cup?

The third edition will take place on 9 and 10 September 2023.

Where will the next tournament take place?

The tournament takes place in a sports hall of Sport Vlaanderen Brasschaat.

Address:
Bredabaan 31, 2930 Brasschaat

Will the cup and I be a great fit?

If you like making quick decisions during a game, then it’s for you. 

 

If you like doing tricks with your stick, then it’s for you.

 

If you want to train your technique as a T-sticker and keeper, then it’s definitely for you. Keep an eye out and win the 2023 cup!

The sport is known in three continents of the world, and more to come. Europe has the most countries who play powerchair hockey like Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark (World Champions), Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic and so many more.

One of our goals is to make powerchair hockey more popular and known by society.

How can I make sure to participate in the next cup?

Be around. Engage and follow our content. We work with a first come first served concept. The first people who register will participate. Want to be the first to hear about cup updates? Register on our newsletter.

How do I register myself for the cup?

This year, the registrations will go through our webshop. Not on Tournify as the previous times. Why? We received complaints and experienced difficulties with the registration form of Tournify. This time we take matters into our own hands.

Will there be a waiting list?

If you mean a waitlist to secure a place in the cup? Then no. We work with a first come first served concept. After registrations, if you want to make the reserve list, just let us know. When a team cancels you’ll be first in line to make the selection.

What is the concept?

Athletes are searching for moments and ways to connect with each other. Especially on an international level. This fact, we cannot ignore, because we are longing for that same connection with you and other players. That’s why we introduced our international hockey camp. It’s still difficult to say when it will be held, but definitely not in 2023.

Be a part of the show. Fill out our form.

We want your opinion and wishes for this camp concept. Fill out this Google form to help us out.

Want to be the first to know the latest juice?

Register you on the ‘camp’ newsletter or send us a message so we can put you on that newsletter list.

How do I register myself for the cup?

This year, the registrations will go through our webshop. Not on Tournify as the previous times. Why? We received complaints and experienced difficulties with the registration form of Tournify. This time we take matters into our own hands.

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