King Edward VI School (KES) in Bury St Edmunds and the Bury Schools Partnership (BSP) have become vital to Tchoukball in Suffolk in recent years. The sport's popularity in the county has flourished this school term with a variety of Tchoukball events held at the school since September.
Fareham, who finished bottom of the division last season, were dominant in their matches winning 73-42 against Headingley Outlaws and 68-44 against Bury Saints, both sides promoted from the first division at the end of last season.
Alongside Fareham it was Guildford who stood out on day one.
Young players from Fareham Green, the club's youth side, competed in the opening day of the South East Regional League in Division 2. Their debut game against Portsmouth Uni Pingus game was a massive step forward for the youth team, playing in their first full 45 minute game, their first game against adults and starring in the first game in the South East Regional league Division 2. The youth team started off very nervously and the first 5 minutes featured many mistakes, but the team calmed down to finish the 1st period with a lead of 2 points.
Guildford player/coach Mack Hofberg said he was "chuffed" to win the tournament, adding: "It’s a team effort and although some players played more minutes than others we couldn’t have done it without the group as a whole."
As the domestic tchoukball season approaches UK Women’s captain Louisa Hall has been recalling a successful summer where her side came second in the European Tchoukball Championships (ETC) in the Czech Republic, while the UK men finished fourth and UK under 18s came fifth.