Hungerball proves to be popular with teens
The recent Oxygen Youth conference at Botany’s Elim Christian Centre invited teenagers from 12 ministries across Auckland and Rotorua.
The conference is a Christianled initiative bringing in hundreds of young people to listen to international guest speakers and bond in a positive, safe environment.
An icebreaker activity was a fast-paced game of Hungerball, a new twist on football developed by Kiwi Andu Iordache.
Hungerball gives players a chance to compete in football in an inflatable arena, Iordache told Stuff earlier this year.
‘‘It’s more inclusive than foot- ball; you don’t have to be as skilled. There are lots of opportunities to score and with the bounciness of it, there is risk and opportunity all around you,’’ he says.
The inflatable arena is completely enclosed with six goals and players can compete as individuals, in pairs or teams.
Amber Tuck, of Beachlands Baptist Church was intrigued by the multiple variations of Hungerball.
She says it was a fun, lighthearted game to try out for the first time.
‘‘It’s quite fast-paced and I like the quick rotation of players. Hungerball would definitely help your football skills with little touches of ball.’’
Community Patrol volunteers and Sergeant Brett Meale, who is telling people to lock their vehicles and not leave any valuables visible inside them.
Teenagers at Elim had the chance to show off their skills at Hungerball.