Having a ball at the 6th bodykicker tournament in Hobscheid
by Andrew Lintner
The Hobscheid youth club held its sixth human table football, or bodykicker, tournament on Saturday at the Centre Polyvalent in Hobscheid, turning players into life-size table football figures.
The tournament, which was open to people of all ages and abilities, was eventually won by Alliance Aischdall, who beat Kick und Weg 3-1 in the final.
Bodykicker is similar to the table football we all know. Players on the “pitch” are surrounded by air filled walls and can only move left and right during the match. They must also maintain contact with the bar in front of them during the match.
12 teams competing for the title
Teams had been asked to register in advance or on the day, subject to available spaces. By the start of the tournament, no fewer than 12 teams containing a mix of male and female players had registered to play in the tournament.
With the tournament held indoors it was safe from unpleasant weather outside and fans and players were kept from going hungry during the day-long event with food and snacks on sale to support the club.
It was a fun-filled day for the players, with the game more exhausting than it may initially sound and teams giving it their all to win the title.
Idea for the event
Stephan Krier from the Hobscheid youth club told wort.lu/en that the suggestion for a tournament initially “came from a former secretary, who had previously played bodykicker. The idea of playing a tournament in Hobscheid was put forward and before long we had our first bodykicker tournament.”
Kim Thiry, also a member of the youth club, added wort.lu/en: “The aim of the event is simply to get people together and have a bit of fun. The money raised by selling food and drinks, is used to buy any equipment we might need.”
Looking to the future, both Stephan and Kim agreed that “keeping the tournament growing and getting more teams to take part” are two aims they want to achieve in the coming years.
The Hobscheid youth club is not the only one to take to the bodykicker trend, with several other local organisations, such as the Schuttrange youth club organising events throughout the year. To find out about a tournament near you visit the website of your commune, youth club or other local associations.