Monday, 16 April 2018

World Tambourelli Championships 18

World Tambourelli Championships 2018
Tambourelli is a sport that was developed in Newton Stewart, Scotland in the 1970s. It's a racquet sport played with a shuttle cock that can be played indoors or outside. Over the years it has been taken to schools, festivals, clubs and tournaments all over the world. Scottish Tambourelli have been awarded the honor of hosting the 2018 World Tambourelli Championships (WTC18) for the first time since 2015. The tournament will feature men's, women's and various children's singles and doubles competitions.

In preparation, Newton Stewart Club re-opens on Tuesdays, 6-7.30pm at the Merrick Games Hall on 17th April 2018 .

It will run every week until the Championships at the end of July.

The Championship are open to everyone. We encourage anyone who's interested to come along and enter, regardless of experience or fitness level. Lots of games are played in a round-robin group stage and the mixed doubles tournament features random pairings, so you never know how far you'll get. And in the weekly club sessions you'll find experienced players honing their skills as well as newcomers learning the ropes, so there's always a place for you no matter how seriously you want to take it. The current Men's Singles World Champion - Bazil Hughes (a Newton Stewart native) - says half the fun is just in being a part of different community: "Some of my favorite tournaments were ones where I went out early so I got to take part in more of the social side of things. Of course winning is great - I'll be going for my 5th title this year and that's the main focus for me - but whatever happens on the court it's an event I'd recommend to anyone. How often do you get to hang out with a load of new people from all over the world?"

The Under 16s WTC has 3 age groups : 9s and under - mixed only, aged 10-12 and 13-15 with boys and girls classes as well as the mixed doubles for each class. Partners are randomly picked to encourage new friendships.
The Championships are open to spectators. Final games will be watched by all entrants if the players are happy with an audience.
The date is 28/29th July, the last weekend of the month.                                                                                       
There will be catering options provided throughout, and a prize giving event after food on Sunday night. There will be an as-yet undecided opening ceremony.
The Championship details will be available through local media and posters, Tambourelli clubs, schools, and online through Facebook, Blogspot and Wikipedia.

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