Where People Get Inspired by Tchoukball

As an Educator, and Former Handball Player, I love Tchoukball.

LaurentBellenguez170Laurent is a school teacher, at elementary school in Chevroux, L’Ain, France, he has been a teacher for 12 years and since 2009, he is the principal of the school. In 2008, when he lived in Cergy, close to the Switzerland border, he attended a teacher training, with the sport Tchoukball in the program, and as there was the word ball in Tchoukball, he chose it. As a former handball player, and thinking of giving it up, he was really attracted by Tchoukball, and therefore he decided to start the promotion of the game when he returned to Chevroux. He succeeded to create a Tchoukball Club in Pont-de-Vaux, with some friends, as well as youths who started to play the game. When he was younger, about 18 year old, he started as a sport counselor during summer with youths, later on he became an instructor to train counselor candidates, and taught them fun games, to practice with youths.

In 2011, he took part to the World Tchoukball Championship on Ferrara Italy, with a men team. After the FITB General Assembly, he became responsible to promote the game in France and also to revive the French Federation of Tchoukball.

He is currently the France Federation of Tchoukball  (FFTB) president.

In this interview, Laurent explains to us how he discovered Tchoukball, and why he thinks Tchoukball is a fantastic educational tool. As a counselor in summer camp, teacher, and former handball player, he really love Tchoukball for its spirit. He also explains his work in France, within the federation, but also what have been the achievements he obtained during his tenure.

You can contact Laurent by e-mail: Laurent.bellenguezatgmail.com or laurentbellenguezattchoukball-france.org, and through the FFTB website. You also can follow Tchoukball France on Facebook.

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The Most Challenging Tchoukball Challenges in Switzerland

davidsandoz170David Sandoz is 23 years old and lives in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. He currently is doing a Master in Computer Science at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne. Besides his studies, he is the 8th President of the Swiss Tchoukball Federation (FSTB), the Tchoukball governing body in Switzerland.

David started playing Tchoukball in 2004 in the club of La Chaux-de-Fonds. In 2009 when he had to change club because of his studies, he chose to join the Nyon Tchoukball Club where he s still playing with the Piranyon Origin. In 2007, he joined the Swiss national squad and left in 2010, after taking part to the European Tchoukball Championship in Hereford (UK).

In 2008, he joined the FSTB Board, as a simple member of the board. In 2010 he became Vice-President, and took the presidency in 2011. In addition to the presidency, he also is doing the secretary work, managing the website, and is in charge of the FSTB magazine, called tchoukup. All this as a volunteer.

David also is the manager of the largest on-line collection of  Tchoukball photography. Phototchouk.com. He started to try his hand at Tchoukball photography in 2007, since then he did not stop trying new angles, settings or techniques, in order to improves the result of his Tchoukball pictures.

In this interview, David explains the Swiss Tchoukball Championship, in Switzerland, as well as the most challenging goals for the promotion of Tchoukball in Switzerland.

You can contact David through the FSTB website. You also can follow him on Twitter, or Facebook, and have a look at some of his pictures on his flickr page.

Next episode: Laurent Bellenguez, President of the France Federation of Tchoukballl (FFTB)