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Bury duo are crowned European Champions

EURO CHAMPS: The triumphant Great Britain Under-15 Girls team with their Bury coaches (3633369)
EURO CHAMPS: The triumphant Great Britain Under-15 Girls team with their Bury coaches (3633369)

Following this year’s European Tchoukball Championships the UK’s head coach has said Bury St Edmunds have played a big part in putting the nation on the world map.

The largest contingent of youth teams the country has even sent to a Euros included 22 players from Bury’s own club – a powerhouse in the fast-paced indoor game.

No-one was more proud of the role the town played in delivering Tchoukball UK’s best ever set of results at last month’s event in Castellanza, Italy, than the man who oversaw it all, Ian Parker.

Also Bury’s player-head coach, he said: “It was the best show we have ever had, and the best the UK has had, let alone Bury!”

He described the atmosphere as the Under-15 Girls’ team – featuring Bury duo Ellie Frost and Sophie Scarff – won their final to be crowned European champions, as ‘amazing’.

The pair’s role in the achievement was underlined with Frost finishing as the side’s top points scorer, while Scarff was given the Player of the Tournament across the UK’s sides.

Martin Wright played for both the Under-18s, who were knocked out in the group stages, and the Men’s senior side, alongside Parker, who came fifth.

Meanwhile, the Women’s senior side achieved qualification for the World Championships in Singapore and Malaysia next year by getting down to the last four. But after losing their semi-final, they were defeated in the bronze-medal match.

The Under-15 Boys side also lost their bronze medal match, following a good tournament.

The Under-12 mixed team was made up entirely of Bury players and gained experience at the top level, coming fourth out of the five entrants.

Parker said of them: “Our kids have never played in a competition before so everything worked up to that.

“Our oldest player was 10 and other teams had kids much bigger than ours.”

Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club begin training at South Lee School Sports Hall next month ahead of their Tchoukball UK season starting at the end of October.

Bury’s men’s side have had much success in the Super League but will be looking to make up for the last-day disappointment at the end of their last campaign, where they ended up as runners-up.

Training takes place on Thursdays from 7-8pm and Saturdays 2-5pm. Email ian.parker@tchoukball.org.uk for more information.

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