THREE tchoukball enthusiasts are planning to rule the world after being selected to represent Great Britain Under-18s at the World Youth Championships later this year.
Jordan Farrelly, Sam Brereton, both 16, and Sam Nicholoson, 15, who all attend King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, overcame a gruelling trial to be picked in the 12-man squad, who travel to the Austria-based tournament in July.
Mike Harman, sports instructor at the school and Great Britain Under-18 coach, said: “I am so proud of all of the boys. They have put a lot of effort into their tchoukball and it has paid off with call-ups to the Great Britain team. I am so glad that they have got to where they are, as they really deserve it. The players will now compete in the UK’s flagship tchoukball competition, the National League.”
The trio, who all play for Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club, will take on teams from Germany, Switzerland and Tawain when their bid for glory begins in Treiskirchen, on July 14.
“Obviously, we would like to come away with the championship,” said Harman, who plays for National League senior champions Bury St Edmunds. “But ultimately, as soon as the team takes to the court and the national anthem plays, I know everyone involved will be proud of their achievements, regardless of the outcome.”
The King Edward School has been affiliated to Tchoukball UK for the last three years. Following on from last year’s successful European Championship in Hereford, the decision was made by Tchoukball UK to reinstate the GB Under-18 side.
“The journey we have taken to select the squad, while putting everyone through their paces has been very vigorous,” said Harman. “Tchoukball is relatively unknown and it’s an honour for me to be involved at the beginning of something that will ultimately shape the future of the sport in the UK.”
Ryan Palmer, a former student at King Edward, has also been picked, while Jack Nicholson missed out on the final spot in the squad.
Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club train at Thurston Community College every Thursday, from 8.15pm to 9.30pm. For further details, call Harman on 07920 117796.