Sport beyond school
How do people get into alternative sports outside of a school environment? And what sort of impact does it have on their lives? In the video below participants from my three case study sports talk about their experiences.
Firstly Andy Haigh from Tchoukball UK invited me to one of his coaching courses on Bournemouth beach. He teaches people how to play Tchoukball, but more importantly he teaches how to teach the sport to others.
Secondly Will Hayward, an important figure in the Cardiff Korfball scene. Will coaches the university team and a local club. He has also made Korfball his fulltime job. His company, Gokorf, promotes the sport in schools and as a team building activity in the workplace. I spoke to Will at a weekly league that was setup to entice new people to the sport.
Finally, Kirsty Bunning is the captain of the Oxford Brookes University Ultimate Frisbee team. She has been playing for two and a half years and you can tell she’s totally hooked, speaking with great excitement about her trip to Italy to compete on a Tuscan beach. Kirsty talked to me in between games at an international Ultimate Frisbee tournament in St Albans, Hertfordshire. The event hosted club teams from all over the UK, as well as European national sides preparing for the ‘frisbee world cup‘ in Japan.
I’ve been told about many similarly large events. I find it astounding that these sports have managed to remain hidden in plain site.
Image courtesy of Cardiff City Korfball Club