On Sunday 3 November, Tchoukball UK hosted the National League Development Cup – our first development tournament of the 2019/20 season. The tournament is set up to offer match play for a mix of new, developing and experienced players and clubs ahead of the first round of National League on 15 December.
Four teams joined us at Alexander Sports Centre, Bedford for the tournament this year: Bury Kings and Bury Saints from the Eastern Region, Portsmouth Uni Pythons from the South East Region and Yorkshire Outlaws from the Yorkshire Region – as well as a few extra players whose teams were not present.
On 10 October, Tchoukball UK joined the marking of World Mental Health Day - an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. Today, we ask you to join us in commemorating Domini Fox, a tchoukball player who lost her fight against mental illness on this day in 1995, and whose memory we honour every year through the Domini Fox Memorial (DFM) tournament.
Team registration has now closed for the 2019 Domini Fox Memorial Tournament, taking place on 26-27 October 2019 at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth. With 16 teams confirmed in record time, Tchoukball UK is very much looking forward to welcoming the teams to our flagship international club tchoukball competition. In its seventh year running, the DFM tournament offers a great opportunity for clubs and players to play in a competitive but friendly atmosphere surrounded by both new and old faces.
On Wednesday 17 July, staff from the community-based arm of Middleborough Football Club, MFC Foundation, joined Tchoukball UK Level 1 Tutor, Pete King and MFC Foundation Project Work/Outlaws Tchoukball Club player, Marshall Thorogood for a Level 1 Tchoukball Coaching Course at Eston Leisure Centre in Middlesborough.
With European Silver Cup (ESC) out of the way – congratulations to Portsmouth Drakes on their 5th place and Outlaws on their 11th place and Fair Play award – this weekend will see Guildford Inferno and Bury Kings take on the top teams from European in the European Winner's Cup (EWC).