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What are the most challenging aspects while coaching women athletes

MaximeDonzeMaxime Donze, coach of the Swiss Women Team. Maxime started playing Tchoukball when he was 13, in la Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland. At 16 he became the coach of the club with two others friends, because the former trainers resigned. Therefore he and his two friends took the lead to keep the club alive. Between 1996 and 2003 he played at the International level, with the Swiss National Team. In 2004, he and Michel Thomann became coaches of the Swiss Men team which finished first at the WTC 2004 in Taiwan. Since 2005 he has been the Swiss Women Team coach, and following his passion of coaching, he created the blog, Tchouk file.

In this interview, Maxime explains how he became a coach, and also what have been his biggest challenges while training Tchoukball women players. He also explains his feelings about the skills that have to be taught to young players, as well as his expectations during International competitions organized by the FITB.

You can contact Maxime Donze by e-mail at: maxime.donze@tchoukball.ch
FB page: www.facebook.com/maxime.donze
Tchouk file page on FB: www.facebook.com/pages/tchouk-files
His blog: tchoukfile.blogspot.ch
Next episode: David Sandoz, President of the Swiss Tchoukball Federation (FSTB)


How Tchoukball Started in the UK?

Tchouckball European Championships 2010Philip Moore leaves in Herefordshire, in the UK, and he is the Chief Executive Officer of Tchoukball UK, the Tchoukball governing body of Tchoukball in England. Phil started playing Tchoukball in 1992 after being invited to a club session by a friend. After learning the sport he assisted at club level organizing events and ran the National Youth Tournament for several years in the mid nineties. Phil acted as Secretary for the British Tchoukball Association and worked with Jon Andrews and Gordon Osborne. He has continued to work for Tchoukball until the present day and has been involved in the organization of the 2002 World Championships and 2010 European Championships along with numerous other local, national and international events. He also represented his country internationally between 2000 and 2004 as a player. In 2000 he was the leader of the team which participate to the Geneva International Tchoukball Tournament. He was able to convince Transworld Sports to broadcast this event and shot the final game which was a big push for the development of Tchoukball in UK.

Tchoukball UK established itself with a formal legal structure in 2013 and is now a registered community interest company, driving towards recognition with the home country sports councils and good governance structure with the Sport and Recreation Alliance. Phil manages Tchoukball UK CIC Ltd as a volunteer, he also works in the leisure industry as a Technical Manager and is a qualified plumber, electrician and commercial gas engineer. He still manages to find time to coach his local club and works to engage and develop more people to take up the sport.

In this interview, Phil explains how Tchoukball started in the UK, and what strategies Tchoukball UK puts in place to promote the game in England. He also explains what is the layout and structures of the leagues and other tournaments organized throughout the UK. Phil gives also some advices how to develop the game in a country and also what have been the biggest challenges, Tchoukball UK has been facing, to promote Tchoukball.

You can contact Philip Moore by e-mail at: phil.moore@tchoukball.org.uk
Twitter: @philmoore37

Next episode: Maxime Donzé, Swiss Women Team Coach