quarta-feira, 26 de setembro de 2007

Tchoukball in the UAE

Tchoukball came to the UAE in end of 2006, when Julio Calegari move to Dubai and start its promotion with the Tunisian physical education teacher Mohamed Zaghdoud.

Julio played with some success and has played in the Brazilian national team in five international tournaments in Europe and South America. He travelled to Switzerland and Taiwan, where he took courses to learn more about coaching and refereeing Tchoukball. He is now an international promoter of the sport and have travelled around the world to make presentations and teach the game, including to Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Kenya, Pakistan, Poland and Singapore.

Mohamed found tchoukball in the web and was looking for a way to spread the new sport in the country.

They started at Al Arabi Secondary Public School, in Sharjah to organise the first ever games of Tchoukball. Julio brought the Tchoukball frames and the official ball, explained the game and did a few simple exercises with the boys, and then they started playing. Within one to two hours they already had some great matches going.

In November 2006, they have been in contact with the UAE Ministry of Education and have met with those responsible for physical exercise (PE) in the Emirates. They were suitably impressed and they have been asked to prepare a presentation for 80 leaders of PE in the UAE. This presentation was held in march 2007 in Sharjah with a great success.

The next step now is to set up a course for any of the PE instructors who are interested to play and teach Tchoukball. And the bigger aim is to take part in November in the international Tchoukball tournament in Taywan, with the first emirate team!

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