Another play day was on Sunday the 28th and you can read a report of the games by Jack Zorab https://twitter.com/HijackComms :
Team GB spent last few days in town of Nitra (Slovakia) with Tim Hidskes and Vlad Tucek participating in World Cup qualifier. Tim, the national coach lives in Bergen (Norway), coaches local club Fjellkameratene and is also UK National Team coach and tournament in Nitra was his first with UK National Team. The games were played in Arena Klokocina. Team GB (ranked 31st) were in group 4 alongside Denmark (4), Norway (6), Spain (19) and Austria (20).
UKFF introducing clubs, teams, players & people involved in floorball in the UK. Let's take a look on University of Nottingham Floorball Club with Oliver Morgan:
Team GB playing in Nitra, Slovakia in the World Cup qualifiers next week. Here are the links for GB games :
Great Britain vs Spain (31 Jan - 12:00 UK time) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RSAWVfPceY
Great Britain vs Denmark (1 Feb - 12:00 UK time) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hslEmMGFdA8
Great Britain vs Norway (3 Feb - 15:00 UK time) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hslEmMGFdA8
Great Britain vs Austria (4 Jan - 08:00 UK time) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FGd3cgTJAk
UKFF introducing clubs, teams, players & people involved in floorball in the UK. Here we will read a bit about Oxford University Floorball Club. Oxford is a city in the South East region of England and the county town of Oxfordshire. With an estimated population of 170,350, it is the 52nd largest city in the United Kingdom. The city is situated 57 miles (92 km) from London, 69 miles (111 km) from Bristol, 65 miles (105 km) from both Southampton and Birmingham and 25 miles (40 km) from Reading. It has no known date of foundation, but there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's second-oldest university in continuous operation. It grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.After disputes between students and Oxford townsfolk in 1209, some academics fled north-east to Cambridge where they established what became the University of Cambridge. The two "ancient universities" are frequently jointly referred to as "Oxbridge". The university is made up of a variety of institutions, including 38 constituent colleges and a full range of academic departments which are organised into four divisions. All the colleges are self-governing institutions within the university, each controlling its own membership and with its own internal structure and activities. Being a city university, it does not have a main campus and instead its buildings and facilities are scattered throughout the city centre. Most undergraduate teaching at Oxford is organised around weekly tutorials at the colleges and halls, supported by classes, lectures and laboratory work provided by university faculties and departments. The university operates the world's oldest university museum, as well as the largest university press in the world and the largest academic library system in Britain. Oxford has educated many notable alumni, including 28 Nobel laureates, 27 Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and many heads of state and government around the world. Oxford is the home of the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the world's oldest and most prestigious international scholarships. This is what Wikipedia says (Oxford, University) and down bellow is what we asked Felix Westeren, president of Oxford university Floorball Club :
We have seen great progress with our Men's and U19 Men's National Teams recently. New coaching teams, managers & regular training sessions have created great opportunities for those teams to grow & improve - I am excited to see what the WFCQ tournaments at the end of this month, and for U19s in September bring!
We would like to see what interest there is in restarting a National Women's Team - either adult or U19? If you are interested in attending training sessions/tryouts, please join this closed group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1188167734648311/ Should we have enough interest, UKFF will support this as much as possible to see if we can offer the same chances to improve women's Floorball as we have seen in the men's game. We owe a debt of thanks to those people who have put an extraordinary amount of time & effort into sustaining a team so I would like to thank Fränzi Bonomo - Wirth, Toby Bonomo and Lea Eberle who have worked tirelessly for the last few years on behalf of UK Women's Floorball!!! Happy New Year to all. Lauren.
National Finals will be held 26th-27th May 2018 on a bank holiday weekend as voted for. Each year we plan to rotate Nationals to be hosted in the region of each of the 3 leagues, so 2019 will be hosted in Scotland. We acknowledge the very long drive for our Scottish League teams. K2 is adjacent to a major motorway so easy to access via car (with free parking) but also accessible via plane or train being right next to Gatwick airport. Easyjet fly to Gatwick from Aberdeen, Glasgow & Edinburgh with return flights currently showing at about £60 - although I am sure there are better deals out there! We hope that rotating Nationals each year shares the traveling out, and giving as much notice as possible of dates & venue helps with advance planning.
Season licenses for U18 players update: hopefully I’ve contacted everybody who has enquired, but for general info! Players under 18 are permitted to enter SNL leagues provided: • They have parent/guardians permission • Team Manager is confident the player is physically able to compete & not at undue risk of injury • League Director approves & doesn’t have reason to think that the player will impact the game play of any team in the league In order to support opportunities for talented, skilled & motivated young players to compete & develop UKFF has agreed to reinstate the option for U16 players to register for an SNL season license as a Youth Player at a cost of £10 with the option of a Student License at £25 unchanged. Please note that UKFF reserves the right to withdraw a youth player from the SNL & refund the license fee if it is felt the situation is in any way unsafe.
UKFF is pleased to confirm the following qualification structure for National Finals 2018 and group selection process.
Please help us to take our sport to the next level! UKFF is looking to appoint one person in each of the 3 regions to help create an 'activator' certificate and organise some coaching courses for our partner organisations to train hundreds of coaches.
After three wins at the group phase favourite teams Aberdeen Oilers and West Coast Floorball Club Glasgow made it to semifinal along with second teams Hawick Hawks and Fife Lightning. Lightning and Oilers made it to the final where Oilers dominated and took the cup. In a game for 3rd place West Coast won after pens. (Results : here)
UKFF is pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Smith as the new Men's Under-19 National Team Manager, to support Kaspars in his role of Mens U19 Team Coach.
UKFF would like to invite skilled youth floorball players born between 1/1/2000 and 31/12/2004 with a British passport to attend the first GB Men'a U19 training session at Moreton Fire College on Saturday 14th October.
UKFF is delighted to welcome Tim Hidskes to our team. Tim joins us with wealth of experience and enthusiasm for sport, originally being from Netherlands, now based in Norway. Currently Tim is an active coach and club developer in Bergen with Fjell-Kameraterne and in the past has been a player in the Netherlands Mens and U19s team, as well as a period of time in the UK playing with London Sharks.
If you have no idea what floorball is, this is a short introduction : Floorball is a type of floor hockey with five players and a goalkeeper in each team.
Men and women play indoors with 96–115.5 cm-long (37.8–45.5 in) sticks and a 22–23 cm-circumference (8.7–9.1 in) plastic ball with holes. Matches are played in three twenty-minute periods. Developed in the 1960s and 1970s in Sweden, floorball is most popular where it has been developed the longest, such as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. It is gaining popularity in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States.