1) International Promotion
In early May and late June, Mr Jeff Ang (FITB Vice General Secretary) visited Philippines twice to promote Tchoukball in Cebu, Bacolod and Davao. The promotion was very well received and Philippines has now set up their national federation – Philippines Tchoukball Federation (PTF), applied for FITB membership and send their national men and M18 boys teams to participate in the Asia Pacific Tchoukball Championships.
Mr Jeff Ang (FITB Vice General Secretary) was in the city of Bangkok to introduce Tchoukball from 22-24 May. The visit took place just 1 week after the widely reported riots but the majority of the city was peaceful and the promotion went ahead smoothly. Thailand subsequently sent a combined national team with players from Bangkok and Chiang Mai (Tchoukball was introduced there last year) for the Asia Pacific Tchoukball Championships. They are currently working to set up a national federation.
Mr Julio Calegari (Director of International Promotion) visited Angola on 29-31 May 2010 to conduct a Tchoukball seminar for 35 participants. They have set up the Luanda Provincial Association with 5 club teams, the first step towards the creation of the national federation.
For more information, visit - http://www.angolatchoukball.blog.com/
Mr Chris Huang (FITB President) is currently in South Korea to conduct a FITB “C” Licence Coaching Course to revitalize the South Korea Tchoukball Federation. More information will be given in the next FITB newsletter.
2) Tchoukball Competitions & Festivals
FITB Rimini Beach Tchoukball Festival 2010
This year’s Rimini Beach Tchoukball Festival is over with a great success, surpassing the record of players and teams of the past editions - 1070 people involved, 126 teams for 4 tournaments, 612 matches played on 18 fields located on almost 1 km of beach!
Also for the first time, the Slam Tournament was organized and 18 teams took part, with the best Tchoukballers from all over the world in spectacular actions. The winner of this tournament was ROCTBA, the team trained by Mr Fang Shen Szu.
The atmosphere was great as usual. Rimini Beach Tchoukball Festival confirms itself as the biggest beach tchoukball tournament and as the leading meeting place of the Tchoukballers from all over the world. We are all looking forward to the next edition.
To view the photos, please visit the website of Tchoukball Italia (FTBI) - http://www.tchoukball.it/gallery/v/Rimini10/
Asia Pacific Tchoukball Championships 2010
The 4th edition of the Asia Pacific Tchoukball Championships was held in Singapore from 9-11 July 2010. A total of 34 teams from 10 Asian countries took part in 6 different categories – Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
The FITB “B” Licence Coaching Course and FITB International Referee Course were also conducted before the championships.
More information can be found on the website of Tchoukball Association of Singapore (TBAS) - www.tchoukball.org.sg
European Tchoukball Championships 2010
The European version of the Continental Tchoukball Championships will be held in Hereford, Great Britain from 27-29 Aug 2010. To date, 6 European countries have registered their teams – Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Poland and Switzerland.
For more information, you can check out the website of Tchoukball UK – www.tagb.org.uk
Germany Tchoukball Championships and International Friendly Matches
On 12 and 13 June, the above events were held in Halver, Germany. At the same time, three International friendly matches took place between Germany, Belgium, and Austria. We would also like to highlight the dedication of Ms Karin De Laporte of Germany and congratulate her for the creation of the German Tchoukball Federation (DTBV). We would like to wish them all the best in the promotion of the game in their country and hope to see them soon in a FITB event.
3) Tchoukball Development
FITB “B” Licence Coaching Course
Mr Fang Shen Szu, FITB General Secretary, Technical Director (Coaches) and the coach of reigning World Champion Chinese Taipei, conducted the courses in Italy and Singapore in the month of May and July respectively. Both courses have 18 participants each.
FITB International Referee Course
The above course was conducted by Mr Wang Ching Po (Chinese Taipei) and Ms Fion Leung (Hong Kong), members of FITB Technical Committee (Referees) in Singapore during the Asia Pacific Tchoukball Championships 2010
New National Federations
We want to warmly welcome Togo Tchoukball Federation (FE.TO.TCHOUK) and Philippine Tchoukball Federation (PTF) into our Tchoukball family.
Website - http://www.togotchoukball.blogspot.com/
Website – You can find out more about them on Facebook, search under “Pages” for “PTF”.
National Federation Name Change
With immediate effect, Tchoukball Association of Great Britain (TAGB) has changed their name to Tchoukball UK.