Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jamaica - Sweden and America

Floorballcentral decided to follow up on the current development in Jamaica by checking in with SIBF (the Swedish Floorball Federation) since it has been indicated that they are involved in the project to promote Floorball on Jamaica. Mr. Samuelson (Competition Manager) at SIBF provided us with some very good answers.
And he let us know that the Jamaica initiative is not a promotion that is driven by the SIBF, but that the Federation chose to instead give honors to the clubs behind this initiative. He further say that this is not a large campaign from their side but that SIBF have been helping Jamaica with basic or fundamental material and they also used the IFF as a source for some material. Jamaica have been thankful and given credits back to the Swedish Floorball Federation (SIBF).
Mr Anwar Samuelson continues to say “ I know that both rich and poor schools in Jamaica have tried Floorball and they love the sport, they think it is fantastic fun”.

As we ask if we may expect more actions like this, in case if this project seems to become successful he continues:
“- Each club may decide what they want to do on their own. There are clubs helping out in Spain, Polen and at more places, even if they mainly focus on their own development. To help others as a volunteer with what you are able to do is human and good, but I do not think anyone have plans for a more long-term commitment at this point.”

One of Floorballcentrals main old thesis is that International sister-cities should be used to further “spread the culture” of Floorball. So we ask Mr. Samuelsson if the SIBF thinks that this might be a possible way to spread “Swedish culture”?
Mr. Samuelsson say that the Board for SIBF has decided to prioritize International activity. But how and to what extent has not yet been determined.

When does the SIBF think that we will see more International exchange?
“One determining factor is the International Olympic recognition. I think that if the sport is on the Olympic program in 2024 or 2028.. seven years before this happens, the phones will ring hot here in Sweden, both at the club level as well at the Federation level in the subjects of exchange, education and development.

Or last question was, 90% of all exchange students from Sweden go to the USA - is not the SIBF thinking about how these could evolve into "mini-envoy's" for Floorball?
USA as well as Canada is important for the development of the sport. This is a clever idea but it demands resources.

Thank You Mr Samuelsson - for the sake of global Floorball!

So our take on this is that 2017 might be an interesting year... But many people in Europe are often very pro-active. So I would not be surprised if we see more things happening well before that. And next month we start to write 2012     hrm.

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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
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.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!