Over the weekend of 13-14 August, UK Wallball headed to the University of Surrey’s Sports Park to run sessions and an exhibition stand at GoFest – The UK’s family premier festival of sport, dance, health and fitness.
Our Exhibition stand was a great success and the ‘mini minute challenge’ on our new mobile wall attracted families walking past. The challenge was simple; how many times can you hit the logo in one minute? This created a competitive spirit over the two days and kept people coming back for more in order to try and beat the top score. The mini wall got people talking and wanting to know more about Wallball. Our slogan ‘Any Ball, Any Wall, Any Time’ came to life and many spoke about the simplicity and accessibility of the sport and most of all the instant fun that they had whilst taking part.
Meanwhile inside, squash courts 1 & 2 were buzzing with new Wallball enthusiasts ranging from 3 to 74 years old! On the first day alone we had 103 people taking part which is an incredible figure for Wallball and everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed it with many saying it was their favourite activity of the day! Over the two days the Wallball sessions involved around 200 people on 2 courts over 12 sessions! The sessions involved ball skills, hand eye co-ordination and mini games on our mini walls. Parents loved how transferable the skills are and spoke of how good Wallball is for their child’s development.
Our Wallball Starter Kits were a big hit amongst families who wanted to keep playing. Each kit consisted of a ball, a piece of chalk and a small leaflet outlining the rules.
It was heard many times over the weekend that this sport is so accessible and we gained a lot of interest from parents who would like to see Wallball in their local schools. One family even set up a mini wall in their lounge!
Words that players used to describe Wallball over the weekend included amongst many others; addictive, fun, fast and happy!
We would like to say a massive thank you to GoFest for inviting us to such and amazing family event. GoFest is really for anyone and everyone and the sporting opportunities on offer are fantastic. UK Wallball had a great weekend in Surrey and we hope to be part of many more events like these in the future!
Check out our Hashtag on twitter to see all the action over the weekend #GoPlayWallball and remember: find a wall, grab your chalk, draw some lines – #GoPlayWallball