Saturday, November 26, 2011

Greased Bolts - Jamaica

If 30 years ago in Sweden, someone would have come up to me and said - "well, they are introducing Floorball to some 70 schools now in one sweep." I would have been amazed.

If today someone would come and say to me - here in the USA (or in Canada too), - "they introduce Floorball to 70 schools during this fall". I promise I will  be rather amazed too.

Recently the Jamaica Floorball Association (JFA) posted information that they were about to introduce Floorball to some 70 schools and I think with the first paragraphs of this text (above) you might get a hint of the size of their project.
We at Floorballcentral became interested and decided to check in with JFA to understand a bit more about what was going on and their President Mr. Jason Daye was kind enough to answer a few of our questions:

You recently had a page published with some 70 schools listed as being school were Floorball being introduced too - did this happen or not and if so how did it go?
- Yes. We have been training Physical education teachers from Primary and high schools in three areas in Jamaica, Kingston, St. Catherine and Clarendon. In July the IFF did the training for us here in Jamaica and just 2 weeks ago Anwar Samuelsson from the Swedish Floorball Federation did training for use in Kingston and St. Catherine.
- The training that was done recently was very successful.
- We had partnered with the leading sports collage in Jamaica (G.C. Foster) and they have agreed to include floorball as part of there curriculum. (The Jamaican Government has agreed that floorball can be apart of the P.E. activities in all schools in Jamaica).
We also see connections between Floor Hockey and Special Olympics and Floorball on your webpage. Could you develop this subject a bit.
- Jamaica has a Field Hockey Federation and we are try to build a relationship with them. Our technical director is a field hockey coach.
- We have a Special Olympics team and they have on going training and floorball education.
Mr. Daye continues...
The floorball Movement in Jamaica is exciting and fun, which makes the hard work that the Jamaica Floorball Association (JFA) does rewarding.
We had our first floorball competition Saturday November 26, 2011. 8 teams will take part in that competition.
We are also using this competition to select persons for the Jamaica floorball team.
For next year, the JFA along with G.C. Foster Collage and Storvreta (a Swedish top notch team - note by FBC) will be hosting a Caribbean Floorball camp where all Other Caribbean countries will be invited to take part via two (2) or more representatives.
As I try to understand this from a more US American perspective. It sure sounds like A) Jamaica seems to have taken on a true leadership role in the Caribbeans, B) Their plans for Jamaica seems incredible even as measured by Canadian standards (some + 400 schools in Canada is up with Floorball) - but in the perspective of "Floorball per capita" on Jamaica we continue to say "wow". C) Their connections to Field Hockey as well as their Special Olympics team indicates how serious they are in their attempts to build Floorball. The only thing we here at Floorballcentral would think still might hamper the big plans to build Floorball might be the number of donated sticks, since it came in at around 100 sticks.

Let us end this article with some interesting trends. The first trend is that Jamaica is fully incredible to produce world class athletes - in particular for Track and Fields.
The other trend comes from Finland as one main news paper in Finland this summer had an article up on how Tracks and Fields in Finland have a harder time to find their new athletes - since many of the young kids in Finland instead interestingly enough play - Floorball.


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To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

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