Monday, May 14, 2012

Germany fatherland and school

We have earlier stressed the importance of Germany for the growth of Global Floorball. Germany just released new very positive numbers of licensed players - not far away at all from their first main target in Germany of 10.000 licensed players - this is what their own national Olympic organisation demands for Floorball to become members of the national German Olympic organisation. The German Floorball growth clocks in at almost 15% increase of new players and 70% of all new licensed players are younger than 19 years....

10.000 players in Germany is that much. Hmm. Lets do a quick compare here
Sweden has approx 120.000 licensed players. On a population of about 9 million. Germany have about 82 million people and hm could that mean almost a bit over one million possible Floorball players in Germany alone?
Well extrapolating Swedish numbers.. and 10 times the population... indicates something in that direction... So no Floorball in Germany has not started yet.

Herrn Stoll in Germany, has explained that their recent growth number in particular focused on young players relates to a program where German Floorball clubs have a very tight co-operation with schools (source S. Houman).

Hmm, maybe we should tie in schools here in Wisconsin, or the midwest, too?
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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!