Dr Hermann Brandt was an eminent Swiss biologist. It was through his work in practical application of scientific knowledge in the sphere of physical activities that the idea of Tchoukball had its foundation. After writing the book 'From Physical Education to Sport Through Biology', Dr Brandt presented his now famous paper 'Critical Scientific Review of Team Sports'. This won him the coveted award of 'Thulin Prize', presented at the University of Lisbon on August 16th 1970.
The Practical expression of his ideas, stemming from his critical study of existing games, is the game we have come to know as TCHOUKBALL. It derives its name from the sound the ball makes as it rebounds from the net.
Dr. Hermann Brandt thought that " A man/women's personality is of worthy nature only if his psychological and social behavior is meritorious; man's place in society is situated at the level of his personality and its social repercussions, and Physical Education needs to integrate nervous and cerebral functions to enable man to evolve towards the most perfect possible individual and social structure."
He died in November, 1972, but not before he saw some of his high hopes realized. Most games can be traced to humble beginnings and periods of slow development before becoming established as a national and international sport.
Tchoukball is no exception. It has taken time and patience to convince people that this unique game is truly a 'Sport for all', but now all the signs indicate that the message is getting across. The last two years have seen sizeable growth, and this year already promises a gathering momentum in membership.
From the beginning the game has appealed to an extraordinarily wide and diverse spectrum of people, clubs, organizations, public services and educational establishments. The major impact was initially in schools. In retrospect this was first at the elementary level. To begin with many of them believed that the on ended game was acceptable, but experience soon made them aware that Tchoukball is really a double-ended game.
As Colleges and Universities introduced the game into teaching courses it became more widely accepted in the university sector. It is from there that the greatest progress has come, for as young people who were taught the game in schools leave, they are setting up their own clubs.
Today, Tchoukball is no longer just another new team game to be regarded with doubt and suspicion. It is being played in most parts of the world with much energy, and enthusiasm, varying levels of skill, but above all with a great deal of enjoyment.
In addition, it is played in many countries across the world including: France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Israel, Malta, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Canada, U.S.A., Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.
In past years one has struggled to develop the game, with very few resources, and always relying on the good will and voluntary effort of a small group of workers. Happily that group is growing into a small army.
It is they the voluntary backroom organizers, administrators, fund-raisers and dedicated enthusiasts, (whose work often goes on unsung and with little recognition) upon whom we rely so heavily. They hold the key to the future. The game is indebted to them and history will record their contribution.