The Origins of Flyball and the British Flyball Association
Flyball is the most unique and exciting dog sport ever invented; it is fast, colourful and noisy, and it's the fastest growing dog sport in this country!
It was first seen in California in the early 70's, when Herbert Wagner invented a ball launcher for demonstrations at his Canine Obedience Graduations. It was fun for the dogs, owners and onlookers alike and he was soon asked to go on US national TV... and Flyball grew from there! By the early 80's the sport had taken off in Canada and America, and the North American Flyball Association (NAFA) was formed.
Flyball has continued to grow and spread over the years, and it is now a worldwide sport, played in America, Canada, Japan, Australia, and many European countries, with European Championships taking place annually.
In 1994 a group of enthusiasts in the UK formed the British Flyball Association (BFA), and to this day it is the oldest and largest Governing body of International Flyball in the UK.
2019 will be the BFA's 25th Anniversary year, and the association currently has around 3,000 members and sanctions competitions up and down the country, all year round.
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