Thursday, October 10, 2013

Let us present Mr. Remsu and his views on Floorball Culture

The first entry: Floorball culture,

Firstly, a word or two about myself. I’m currently starting a career in floorball coaching. Last year was my first season as a coach, actually assistant coach in SB Pommak women’s team in Finnish 3rd team is Pirkkalan Pirkat, operating in little town Pirkkala, near Tampere. We’re playing in 2nd women’s series and have a campaign for promotion to 1st division. And hopefully, in few years all the way up to the premier league. Previously I’ve played more or less actively in the field. Though for only one season in organized floorball, back in 2002 in Sodankylä, Lapland. Hence I’ve acted as a referee for three years prior this coaching duty.

So I think I have at least something to contribute in the field of floorball. But now, back to the culture.
For quite some years I’ve been observing the state of the game on floorball. Though we have established the game in the Nordic countries, we still have quite a way to spread the joy of floorball to the world. Here in Finland we have sent quite many players annually abroad to play, mostly to Sweden and Switzerland.
However, only few players have from other countries have played here. Those that I can name without google, are Esa Karjalainen (Swedish) and David Rytych (Czech). Both of them for short stints.

For this year, our female premier league, got one Swiss lady to the roster of SC Classic (Tampere). Mirca Anderegg (0+3 points in 2 games via unofficial stats) signed for the franchise for one year deal. Naturally, for female players, professionalism is all but reality, so the team has to have some sort of employment for those players from abroad. Anderegg has one year leave of absence from her primary work in Switzerland, so she’ll be back after this season, most likely.

My strong vision is, that the only way that spreading of floorball culture cannot rely entirely on Swedish and Finnish players moving abroad to play. I honestly hope that all of the top states, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland could get more players from developing countries (Northern America, Germany, Russia for example). This would help us to generate more generic worldwide floorball family, more effectively than only by playing against foreign teams in tournaments.

If someone reading this has strong will to expand their understanding of international floorball, I suggest that you seek for employment and/or study chances for example in Finland, and after such position is achieved, active contacting to some minor league teams.

Last season, in Jyväskylä, we had ms Claudia Stirnat, playing in our team. She was an exchange student from Germany and had some sort of experience in floorball. I think, that her presence in our team was very valuable asset, in culture-wise thinking. After she goes back to her home country, she’ll have bag full of stories and much more of pure skill to be passed on her co-players.

Floorball is very young sport. Thanks to modern day social media, we don’t have so big barricades to cross than for example ice hockey had in its early years. I challenge you readers, to expand the knowledge of floorball to your close friends, co-students, co-workers, children, you name it. I’ts all up to us now!

Tommi Remsu
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