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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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A whole new ball game at Moresby

TCHOUKBALL is the newest sport to go on the curriculum at Moresby Primary School.

Head teacher Ross Peacock said: “This is such a great sport for children who don’t like the rough play which sometimes comes with other sports. It is a non-contact game and something completely different from football and rugby.”

Originating from Switzerland in the 1970s, it is a combination of handball (it is played with hands and the balls used are similar) volleyball (as the defending team must prevent the ball from falling) and squash (since there is a bounce).

Mr Peacock said: “I played tchoukball at my previous school and it had a great reception. I want to bring in to Moresby and get the children who would normally lurk around the edges, involved and enjoying this fun game.”

It is due to the Olympic Legacy Fund (OLF), that a tchoukball team can be formed at Moresby.

The OLF was set up to give children access to new sports training, equipment and facilities.

Moresby Primary School have been awarded £4,000 and tchouckball kits have been bought with this.

There are seven players to a team who can score at either end of the court where teams throw or 'shoot' the ball at the frame, so that it rebounds and lands over the line of the D in the court.

The opposition's job is to catch the ball to prevent their opponents scoring and then shoot it themselves. This sequence continues until a point is scored.

The school will start with in-house matches and hopes to get other schools involved at a later date.

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