Dr Hermann Brandt was an eminent Swiss biologist. It was through his research into the effects of physical activities that the idea of Tchoukball had its foundation.
In Dr Brandt's time, and arguably now as well, many sports produced shocking injuries that stopped even the strongest of athletes from participating further. After discussing these concerns in the book 'From Physical Education to Sport Through Biology', Dr Brandt presented his now famous paper 'A Scientific Criticism of Team Games'. This won him the coveted award of the 'Thulin Prize', presented at the University of Lisbon on August 16th 1970.
Within this paper, Dr Brandt explored ways in which to construct the perfect team game whilst paying heed to his key concern of reducing injury. The practical expression of his ideas, stemming from his critical study of existing games, is the game we have come to know as TCHOUKBALL. This strange-sounding name comes from the 'tchouk' sound of the ball rebounding from a tchoukball frame. Dr Brandt felt this would be universally accepted. He died in November, 1972, but not before he saw some of his high hopes realised.
Most games can be traced to humble beginnings and periods of slow development before becoming established as a national and international sport. Tchoukball is no exception. It has taken time and patience to convince people that this unique game is truly a 'Sport for all', but now all the signs indicate that the message is getting across. During the 1980s, Taiwan took tchoukball to a different level, with substantial investment making it the 3rd sport of Taiwan and producing consistently over 200 teams for their national championships. Switzerland and Great Britain, 2 founder countries of the FITB (tchoukball's global governing body) cemented the international presence of tchoukball in Europe.
From the beginning the game has appealed to an extraordinarily wide and diverse spectrum of people, clubs, organisations, public services and educational establishments. In Great Britain, the RAF, the Fire Service, holiday camps and schools have all been exposed to the game at some point.
The highest participation of tchoukball in Great Britain was in the early 1990s with many clubs formed around the country playing at a high level under the aegis of the British Tchoukball Association (BTBA) Sadly, due to a lack of co-ordination and the collapse of the World Championships in 1995 many players moved on.
However, in Geneva in August 2000, a World Tournament was held to mark the 30th anniversary of tchoukball's birth. Many British players got together and participated. Shortly afterwards, competitive matches restarted in Great Britain, with players from the East and the South of the country once again reunited. On January 13th 2002, Tchoukball UK was formed. Just 8 months later, Great Britain hosted the World Tournament in Loughborough which was a massive success, bringing together teams from 4 different continents. The future augures well, with Tchoukball UK officials travelling to many parts of the country and demonstrating the game to interested parties. Please contact us for more information.