Singaporean students teach local schools how to play floorball

SINGAPOREAN school children visited Gippsland Regional Sports Complex to take part in a floorball program with local school groups on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Students from Longford Primary, Loch Sport Primary, St Thomas’ Primary, St Patricks’s Primary, St Mary’s Primary and Catholic College Sale joined the group from Xishan Primary School in some friendly competition.

Floorball which is often referred to as ice hockey without the ice is different from usual forms of hockey as it is non-contact, making it safe for the participation of people of all ages. It is a popular mainstream school sport in Singapore and is becoming increasingly popular in Australia.

Each school group was taught the basic rules of the game before battling it out in a 45 minute match against Xishan.

Through their week-long stay in Australia, two days of which were spent in Sale, Xishan Primary aimed to immerse themselves in Australia’s sporting culture and hone their sports skills through friendly games and interactions with locals.

The school recently participated in the Singapore Primary Schools Floorball Championships where their boys side finished as the champions and their girls side took out bronze.

Local floorball player, Mark Benfield, said he hoped the school sessions would encourage more young people to try out the sport.

Floorball has been played in Sale since 2010 and runs every Sunday from 4pm at GRSC.