Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
We're pleased to announce our sponsorship of Black Adders Flyball team! Team Captain Alistair Kirk has taken the time to write an introductory post for us and we look forward to hearing their updates!
Black Adders is a British Flyball Association (BFA) registered team, based around Neath-Port Talbot. They travel all over the country to compete in BFA sanctioned competitions.
For those who are not aware, Flyball is a fun, fast and furious dog sport that involves two teams of four dogs completing a course in a relay; the course is 51 feet long and consists of a lane of four jumps and a spring-loaded flyball ‘box’ for each team.
The dogs have to run down over the four jumps, trigger the box, retrieve the tennis ball that is 'fired' as a result and then return back to the start/finish over the four jumps again. The following dog can only cross the start line when the preceding dog has finished. The winning team is the fastest team to complete the course without errors - simples!
Team Captain Alistair Kirk explains, ‘Four of us had been flyballing at another club for a while, but we wanted to train differently, and had differing aims to the rest of that club. So with encouragement from our BFA Regional Rep Rachel Brown, we plucked up the courage to start our own team.
When we started in April 2014, we had four of us with one experienced dog and three novices. We now have nearly 20 members and 30 dogs! Next year we’re aiming to field 2 divisional teams and one team of starters (beginners), with lots of puppies and other dogs not quite ready for competition yet.
Last year we competed in competitions as far afield as Cheshire and Derbyshire, and we even competed in the BFA National Championships, a fantastic achievement for a new team like ours!
Our fastest time to date is 18.54 seconds which puts us just outside of the top 150 fastest teams in the UK at the moment (151!). The aim for next year is to break into the 17s, and with the sponsorship from Burns, we’re going to be able to buy more equipment and hopefully that will help us get there!’<< Back to all blogs
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