SPH Foundation sponsors Inter Primary School Tchoukball Championships 2012

Singapore, 16 May 2012 – Singapore Press Holdings Foundation (SPH Foundation) will be the title sponsor for the 5th Inter Primary School Tchoukball Championships 2012. Organised by the Tchoukball Association of Singapore (TBAS), the event will be renamed the SPH Foundation Inter Primary School Tchoukball Championships 2012. 

The event comprises two categories, namely the Senior division (for boys and girls aged 13 years and under or Primary 6 level), and the Junior division (for boys and girls aged 11 years and under or Primary 4 and 5 levels). 

The Senior division players will compete over two days on 21-22 May from 2 to 6 pm at St Anthony’s Primary School in Bukit Batok. A total of 13 schools and 20 teams have signed up. Past winners of the competition have included East Spring Primary School, Mayflower Primary School and Park View Primary School. 

The Junior division players will compete later in the year on 12-13 November at the same venue.

Tchoukball was first introduced to schools in Singapore in late 2006. Starting with five schools, Tchoukball has been introduced to more than 40 primary schools, with many of them also establishing the sport as a CCA. It is increasingly played in secondary schools, ITEs, polytechnics and the universities.

The inaugural Inter Primary School Tchoukball Championships started in 2008. About 2,000 players have taken part in the competition in the last four years.

Tchoukball is a non-contact team sport that combines elements of volleyball, handball and basketball. It is played on an indoor court about the size of a basketball court. It can also be played outdoors in the field. A modified version of the sport is played at the primary school level. 

The modified game comprises of two periods of seven minutes each, with a two minute interval. Players can score at both ends by throwing a ball against a frame (similar to a mini-trampoline). The frames measure one metre by one metre and are placed at both ends of the court, within a semi-circle forbidden zone measuring three metres in radius.

The attacking team can make a maximum of 3 passes before shooting; holding on to the ball for a maximum of 3 seconds and not taking more than 3 steps. To score a point, the ball has to rebound off the frame and land back onto the playing area outside the forbidden zone without the opposing team catching the ball. 

The defending team gains a point if the ball lands outside the playing area or the forbidden zone, or if it hits the shooter.

Physical contact is prohibited, and no attempts can be made to intercept the opposing team's passes, hence discouraging unnecessary aggression. The emphasis of Tchoukball is on speed, teamwork and strategy, and the need for keen observation and situation awareness. The sport can be played by all students of diverse physical and sporting abilities.

Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of SPH Foundation, said: “Sports promotes social, physical and psychological development. SPH Foundation has chosen to support tchoukball as it helps to develop character and build life skills such as teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship. It also encourages an active and healthy lifestyle, and embraces diversity and inclusiveness as people of varying athletic abilities can participate in it."

Mr Jeff Ang, General Secretary of the Tchoukball Association of Singapore said: “We are pleased to have SPH Foundation’s sponsorship for this year’s Inter Primary School Tchoukball Championships. In the last five years, we have seen the sport grown significantly with more and more schools and students taking up the sport. SPH Foundation’s support will help us build up the public profile of the sport and create greater awareness and interest among the primary schools.” 

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Media contacts

Mr Jeff Ang
General Secretary
Tchoukball Association of Singapore
Mobile: 8533 3264
Email: jeff_ang@tchoukball.org.sg

Ms Yeo Bee Lian 
Chairperson, Partnership
Tchoukball Association of Singapore 
Email: beelian_yeo@tchoukball.org.sg

Mr Yeo Siew Chi
Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Ltd
DID: 6319 1586
Email: yeosc@sph.com.sg

About Tchoukball Association of Singapore

The Tchoukball Association of Singapore (TBAS) was set up in September 2006. Our main goal is to promote the sport of Tchoukball and its unique charter in Singapore.

In the words of the inventor of Tchoukball, Dr Hermann Brandt - “ the objective of human physical activities is not to make champions, but rather to help construct a harmonious society”

For more information, please visit our website at www.tchoukball.org.sg

About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation

The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. It was renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005. 

For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.

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