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IFF development equipment support in 2015 and 2016 – 11.07.2016
IFF has continued to support the developing nations by sending support packages to several countries. The support packages include printed educational and promotional material as well as floorball sticks and balls. Some goalkeeper equipment has also been sent.
The basic idea for this support is that there are many countries that need sticks and balls and there are no commercial distributors in their own country.
The support program started in 2007 with 235 sticks and some 800 balls. The program has grown each year and the level of equipment support is now about 1200 sticks and 2000 balls annually.
In 2015 and 2016 the IFF has so far shipped 2345 sticks and 4155 balls to following countries: Algeria, Angola, Australia, Bosnia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Columbia, Cote-D´Ivoire, Estonia, Fiji, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Laos,Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Phillippines, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Uganda, USA and Vietnam.
The equipment support is made possible through the partnership with UNIHOC. UNIHOC is the IFF equipment sponsor and provides the IFF with equipments sets annually, which the IFF then distributes to the new and developing floorball associations around the globe based on an application.
(International referee Mr. Thomas Andersson gives a Unihoc support tool bag to Mr. Hansindihe James from Floorball Uganda)
The support program has turned out to be a good way to promote the sports worldwide and it has helped many countries to start Floorball. You can ask for more information about the equipment support from Mr. Veli Halonen from the IFF office.