Almost 1700 floorball fans filled the team sports hall at Our Tampines Hub to watch the world class floorball game. Many of them were dressed up in the colours of their favorite teams: black and white for TPS and blue for Classic, and cheered loudly for any game events. Classic, the current Finnish Champion and TPS, the Challenger, had travelled a long way to play an official Finnish championship league game in the tropics of Singapore. Both teams thanked the great atmosphere that was created by the lively and loud audience cheering for their favorite team. The action packed game was broadcasted live in Finland on TV5, and ended with Classic beating TPS 9-6.
The match was part of the celebrations of Finland’s 100 years of independence. It was the first time a Finnish floorball league game was played outside Finland. The game was all about celebrating the sport, inspiring young players and showcasing World Class floorball. The Finnish floorball ambassadors also trained together with Singapore Men’s National Floorball Team and ran floorball clinics for students from over 50 schools the week prior to their match.
Promoting floorball internationally
Floorball is an internationally growing sport, with Asia growing fastest. Singapore currently has around 15,000 floorball players, most of whom play for school teams. Floorball is an easily accessible sport requiring little specialist equipment. The goal of the project is to spread awareness of the sport and motivate young players to exercise and keep fit.
The Executive Director of Team TPS Juha Kiviniemi sees the project as a breakthrough in the development of the sport. “As the sport becomes more international, teams such as TPS are keen to be part of this movement”, Mr. Kiviniemi says. “We hope that through this project we can help the floorball scene to grow and develop here and inspire Singaporean players and fans.”
Pasi Peltola, the founder and Executive Director of Team Classic (also known as Classic Family) is similarly optimistic about the future. “This project gives a good opportunity for Classic Family to start working on an international scale. We want to be the leaders in international floorball development and exporters of the sport”, he says.
The project also brings Finnish sports technology to Singapore as CoPlays, a sports application company, launches their new floorball app for coaches and players. The app introduces new features such as easy animation of tactics and drills. (Photo courtesy of Petri Timonen.)