Thursday, 6 October 2011

The news of the week (16)

Hello everyone, here are the news of the week.

A promising tournament in Sweden - There will be a good field of players this saturday in Stockholm for the second tournament organized by Lars Löfgren. 16 players are currently registered but even if a few of them don't show up, it will be an interesting tournament. This time there will be less "top men" from abroad but David Cremoux (France), finalist of the first Stockholm tournament, will try to confirm his job of favorite player.

Results of the survey - 20 people answered to the questions "What should be the main priority of WASPA?" and 9 people (45%) said "Have more tournaments in more countries?", 6 (30%) said "Make sure it becomes a registered non-profit organisation ASAP". Other answers were "Have tournaments with different age categories" (5%), "Have a better website" (5%) and "Have a better rulebook" (10%). 1 person had no opinion. Right now our priority will therefore to try to have more tournaments in more countries but we need to find ways to convince people to host tournaments. Despite we have very positive contacts in the US, Canada, Greece, Argentina and Australia, we struggle to find people ready to organize events. Tournaments in Malta, Sweden, South Africa and Singapore have been very successful while events in the US, Japan and Belgium had a poor turnout but a great feedback from the players. It seems like some nations like France and Italy are a bit scared to organize WASPA tournaments because the national associations just want to give a priority to national events. Spain will be our next guest. We struggle to find contacts in Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and the UK despite some players from these nations told us they support the WASPA movement. So if you have ideas to develop the WASPA circuit, feel free to contact me at vincent.cop@rsca.com or post messages on the WASPA section of the international table football forum at http://tablefootball.friendhood.net/

Possible tournament to be added in Belgium - The Templeuve United club is thinking about hosting a WASPA tournament in december again. Templeuve United will hold a national tournament on december 17 but plans are under way to host a WASPA tournament a week earlier due to the visit of Singapore's Erza Aripin in Belgium. More details later.

Forthcoming events - Here is a list of the forthcoming WASPA tournaments. We hope many more will be added in the near future. You cans ee the contact person for every tournament int he section "forthcoming events" (on the right column).
- October 8 - Tournament in Stockholm (Sweden)
- October 21 - Tournament in Attard (Malta)
- November 27 - Tournament in Barcelona (Spain)

Top 10 nations this week on the blog - This week the bigger number of visitors were from Spain & the US (both as number 1), Finland, Germany, Russia, Belgium, Sweden, Greece, Australia, Italy.

Keep on flicking,
Vincent