Youthtown Sponsored Tchoukball Team in Action in Taiwan
From the 11th to 21st of August, the beautiful beaches of Kaohsiung, Taiwan played host to the 2017 World Beach Tchoukball Championship and Youthtown had four staff in the six person New Zealand Team.
What started as participation in a fun social league has led Youthtown staff, Sam Logan, Tom Lancashire, Carlin Nisbet and Jared Woodroofe on a journey of six months training and competition to get themselves to Taiwan. Including weekly sessions at an indoor beach court, where the temperature barely rose to 10 degrees, unlike the beaches of Koahsiung where temperatures were between 38 and 42 degrees for the games.
Tchoukball, was created by Swiss biologist Hermann Brandt as a non-contact sport. In the Beach varient it's played with 6 players and focuses on co-ordination and co-operation within the team.
The team finished 10th in Taiwan, an awesome achievement, as this was their first international appearance. Tchoukball is also being delivered by the Youthtown team into schools in Lower Hutt, Wellington, where the feedback from students and teachers has been fantastic. Students love Tchoukball, as it promotes fair play and getting everyone involved.
Our team are now making plans for getting to the next Tchoukball competitions in Italy and Switzerland.
If you would like to see Tchoukball in action go HERE for a match between New Zealand and Cameroon.
Image: New Zealand Tchoukball Team