European Winners' Cup comes to Leeds
The tournament, which will be playedat Leeds Metropolitan University's Headingley Campus, will see ten of Europe'stop sides do battle in the sport's ultimate club competition. This is the first time the event has come tothe UK and as well as teams from Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and CzechRepublic, Leeds will be well represented by their very own team, Leeds Galaxy.
Tchoukball is a relatively new sport,invented in the late 1960s and first played in 1970. Combining the pace andexcitement of handball and volleyball, tchoukball is the fastest handball sportin the world today.
Tchoukball is a team sport and isplayed with two rebounding nets called 'frames'. The frames are 100 centimetressquare and are placed at both ends of the court.
On each side there are 10 playersnamed for any one game, 7 players and 3 substitutes. Although there arespecialised positions in attack and defence, players are allowed to do either.Players fall into three categories; 'shooters' whose main aim is to scorepoints, 'defenders' or 'end pivots' whose role is mainly defensive, and a 'centrepivot', who spends most of their time in the centre of the court distributingplay and also defending.
Put quite simply, the objectoftchoukball is to throw or 'shoot' the ball at the frame, so that itrebounds andlands over the line of the D in the court. The opposition'sjob is to catch the ball to prevent their opponents scoring and then shoot itthemselves. This sequence continues until a point is scored.
Everything works in 3s. You have 3seconds with the ball, 3 steps with the ball, and 3 passes with the ball beforeit has to be shot at the frame. Tchoukball is a non-contact sport. There is notackling involved and the only time possession switches from one team to theother is when the ball is caught by a defending player after the opposition shootsor the ball is dropped during play.
Speaking about the tournament,organiser Pete King said: "We are so excited about the prospect of hosting thecream of European Tchoukball talent here in Leeds. The tournament is set to be a verycompetitive affair and we'd love to see as many people as possible come andexperience the thrills and spills of Tchoukball. Combining some of the best bits from bothhandball and volleyball, Tchoukball is a really accessible game and there'ssure to be a really spectator-friendly atmosphere."