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Development support to projects in Canada and Germany – 14.06.2011

The IFF Development Board decided to support two country specific projects with 12.500 CHF in 2011.

In the Floorball World the Floorball material – sticks, balls, rinks and goal cages – are all approved in accordance to the IFF Material Regulations. The certification and testing of the material is conducted by the Swedish Test Institute SP and the surplus of this activity is used by the IFF Development Board to support Floorball Development in the World.

The Development Board consist of all the major Floorball manufacturers and the IFF and its task is to steer the development of the Floorball material. In the last years the Development Board has been responsible for the Floorball Village at the ispo sports fair in Germany.
In its meeting on the 31st of May, the Development Board decided to give a support of CHF 12.500 for two country specific projects in 2011, i.e. one for Canada and one for Germany.

The Canadian project focuses on how to introduce the sport of Floorball into the very strong Ice Hockey Community in Canada and make Floorball a form of off-ice training for the hockey players. The objective is to increase the number of Floorball players and spread the knowledge about what Floorball is in Canada.

The German project’s objective is to reach the required number of licensed players in Germany, in order for Floorball Germany to be able to receive the membership of the German Olympic Committee (DOSB). The activities are mainly focusing on primary introducing Floorball to new groups of players on a recreational level and secondly to transform recreational players to licensed players, in order to meet the requirement.

- it is very interesting for the IFF to see how these two different models of spreading our sport works and we hope to be able to build case-studies out of them in the future, in order to be able to duplicate any given positive result, the IFF secretary general Mr. John Liljelund, chair of the Development Board, comments.