Tchoukball players, coaches and volunteers were celebrated at the 2016 annual Tchoukball UK Awards Ceremony in Kettering. Among the main prize winners was veteran UK and Bury Kings player Martin Cates, who, in his final season as a UK player and coach, was named Player’s Player.
Cates' name was sung and he was given a standing ovation as he collected his trophy. Guildford players Mack Hofberg and Eithne McCarthy were named Sportsman and woman of the year respectively. McCarthy was also named Sports Personality of the Year by her fellow players for infectious personality on and off the court.
Bury beat Guildford Inferno and Southampton Stags to be crowned Super League champions, while Headingley secured the Division One title with victories over Guildford Ignite and Portsmouth Ducks. Kings were pushed hard by Guildford, who went into the final third in the lead, but Kings managed to edge ahead, eventually winning 64-57. By beating Southampton 82-55, Bury took their unbeaten record in the league to three seasons, winning every match in the process.
It was Headingley Outlaws that benefited most from Bury's performances, as the club's three sides won all of their fixtures.
As a result of wins for both Bury Saints and Bury Wolves against Leeds Cosmos, Headingley leapfrogged Leeds second team into top spot in Division One, having themselves beaten Portsmouth Uni Pythons in a tight match.
Thurston Community College were the surprise package of this year's Tchoukball UK National Youth Championships winning the under 16 title, while Bury Dukes took home the under 18 title for a third successive year.
The two Suffolk teams were joined by Rushden Academy, Fareham Youth, Cardinal Wiseman School, Amesbury School and The Norwood School. Set up in a league where all teams played each other once, with the highest-placed under 18 and under 16 teams in the league picking up the titles, Dukes, part of Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club, finished top after winning all six of their games.