Tchoukball: Neuchâtel presence in force

Tchoukball is like torrée: an activity with Neuchâtel origins. This also explains why the canton is generally well represented in the various national selections. This will again be the case during the European Championships in Leeds, from August 4 to 6 in England. Le Chaux-de-Fonnier Gaël Sieber as well as three elements of TB Val-de-Ruz Hugo Arbez, Joaquim Mariné, Matthieu Helfer have been retained with Switzerland. Two Chaux-de-Fonnières, Nastasia Civitillo and Nanguita Sieber will play with the ladies while Damien Arbez is in the Swiss under-18 selection.

It must be added to this that Gaël Sieber wears the double hat of player and coach of the men’s team while Matthieu Helfer will also lead the junior training. At 24, the Vaudruzien already has several years of coaching behind him. It is the passion that drives him but also the desire to pass on to the youngest what he has learned.

A non-contact team sport, tchoukball conveys the values ​​of fair play and respect for the opponent. If it wants to be educational above all, its audience remains confidential. But it is still practiced diligently in the canton of Neuchâtel thanks to the clubs of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Val-de-Ruz. Matthieu Helfer underlines that the two years of pandemic have slowed down its development. However, he believes that the next generation is there and that he is now coaching a rather promising national junior team.

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