Ball Hockey Por Favor??
Finally getting my feet under the table after a well deserved holiday in Punta Arenas, Chile with the family. A beautiful place with fascinating history and ties to the Falkland Islands as well as really friendly people, and lets not forget the Chilean Fanta and Orange Crush!
2 weeks was spent sight seeing, shopping and enjoying the culinary delights. If you ever get a chance to go to Punta Arenas, and I would advise it, pop into Los Ganaderos restaurant, you will not be disappointed! The family were not disappointed at all and enjoyed every minute of the holiday and getting to meet up with family friends.
You may be wondering what a family holiday has got to do with Falklands Xtreme Sports and Falklands Xtreme Adventures, well in a nutshell it provided us with potential business opportunities and enable us to establish connections with The British School. We met up with Loreto Jara (pictured below) who is the indoor hockey coach at The British School to discuss the introduction of ball hockey to their students and adults within Punta Arenas. If you have been reading and keeping up to date with proceedings you will remember that we at Falklands Xtreme Sports are working in conjunction with the ISBHF to introduce South American nations to the sport of ball hockey and to setup the first AA South American ball hockey tournament.
Chile are the first South American nation to be contacted via Loreto who was very keen and excited to see the sport develop in Punta Arenas. Due to indoor hockey being played by students and adults, mainly female, ball hockey has the potential to succeed quite quickly with students being able to pick the sport up easily. We presented to Loreto all about the ISBHF and what they can offer and the benefits of becoming a member with them and how the Falkland Islands are looking to introduce the sport of ball hockey to the South American nations. Loreto was very interested to hear that we are planning a South American tournament and would love to see Chile represented in this tournament.
A plan is now being put into action and will be provided to the ISBHF in report form, explaining the successful talks with Loreto and how we plan to advance the introduction and development of ball hockey in Chile. This report will also be made available to all members of Falklands Xtreme Sports. Highlights from the report will include:
1. ISBHF role in helping setup ball hockey in Chile
2. How the Falkland Islands will develop the sport of ball hockey in Chile
3. Sending a development team from the Falkland Islands to Punta Arenas to introduce ball hockey
4. Make up of the South American tournament
We are looking forward to working with Loreto and continuing to develop the sport of ball hockey in Chile.
As mentioned we had the opportunity to experience some other entertainment centres that included City Play which is a building including a play area for young children that included ball pits, slides and small rooms to represent police stations, hair dressers and cafes. Within this centre was a fantastic trampoline filled room with foam pit and small climbing wall as well as small kitchen and cafe and seating area for parents. This centre opened our eyes to the simple design and potential ideas for Falklands Xtreme Adventures going forward.
Not to be finished there we then took in the chance to play Laser Games and this went down a hit with the kids who loved running around in neon lit rooms shooting at each other with laser guns. Again a simple designed building that with the right approach can be easily provided in the Islands and something that we hope to bring to the community.
We at Falklands Xtreme want to provide sports and facilities to everyone in the community and something that we believe will provide a place for families to come, relax and have a fun filled day. Anything is possible with the right approach and attitude. This of course will take time and will follow on from the Paintball facility that is currently in development but has been delayed once planning permission has been obtained, hopefully this will merely be a simple process, crossing our fingers!
With the start of the new season weeks away we are working hard to ensure advertising is undertaken so players are aware of dates. A date for the awards night for the senior team captains will be the first on the list. Keep an eye out for player bio's as they start to appear on our Facebook site to help Captains make informed choices on the players they think will do a job for them in the next season.
The great news is the season has been condensed and as you will know, we now have slots for the juniors on Saturdays and Sundays from 4-6pm which will ensure less waiting time between games and ensure players are kept interested in the sport of ball hockey. Adults will be pleased to see that they have the Sunday slots and Thursday slots back and will also notice that the season has been condensed. We thoroughly believe keeping it short and sweet will keep players enthused and interested and not feel drained. This will also enable training sessions for Team Falklands to be undertaken from January on-wards as the team looks to go to the ISBHF World Championships in Kosice, Slovakia 2019.
With holiday mode efficiently over and work mode now underway its time to detox from the Chilean Fanta and Orange Crush as well as undertake some much needed exercise ready for the busy schedule ahead. So keep an eye out for all the latest info on events, fixtures and developments in the world of Falklands Xtreme Sports!