Tcoukball a hit with primary schools!

23 teams from 18 primary schools took part in this year’s SPH Foundation National Primary Schools Tchoukball Championships held at the Junyuan Primary School ‘s indoor sports hall on 25-26 April.

The 2-day competition featured the Senior division or students of Primary 6 level and also saw its highest participation numbers in its six-year history, with more than 300 students taking part. Also in attendance were over 50 supporters made up of parents, teachers and close friends and relatives.

Tchoukball is commonly played in secondary schools and tertiary institutions and is gaining popularity among primary schools, in a modified form, as a co-curricular activity (CCA). It is a non-contact team sport that stresses on speed, teamwork and strategy, and the need for keen observation and situation awareness.

This is the second year that the SPH Foundation is the title sponsor of the event. Since this event first started in 2008, more than 2,500 players have taken part.

Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of SPH Foundation, said: “SPH Foundation is pleased to be the event's title sponsor for the second year running. We believe in the importance of sports in promoting an active and healthy lifestyle and inculcating values such as teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship. As Tchoukball can be played by students of different physical and sporting abilities, it also embraces diversity and inclusiveness."

Beacon Primary School located in Bukit Panjang emerged victorious by being crowned champions for the boys and girls categories (Senior Division). Its boys defeated Junyuan Primary School 13-3 in a one-sided final match. The girls team was equally dominant, defeating the other seven schools via a eight-team round-robin format.

Mr Jeff Ang, General Secretary of the Tchoukball Association of Singapore, said: “Through SPH Foundation’s support last year, 2012 saw our Senior and Junior competition record the highest numbers of schools taking part – 44 schools for both boys and girls divisions, up from 31. We are pleased to see more schools taking an interest in the sport, signing up for our “Learn to Play” programme or setting up a Tchoukball CCA. SPH Foundation’s support will go a long way in building up the profile of the sport so that it can thrive and flourish among the schools.”
The top-four final standings as follow –

1st - Beacon Primary School
2nd  - East Coast Primary School
3rd  -  New Town Primary School
4th  - St Anthony Primary School

1st - Beacon Pri School
2nd - Junyuan Primary School
3rd - Mayflower Primary School
4th - Bedok West Primary School


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