Hunger­ball proves to be pop­u­lar with teens

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - TARANNUM SHAIKH

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.’’

STUFF

Com­mu­nity Pa­trol volunteers and Sergeant Brett Meale, who is telling peo­ple to lock their ve­hi­cles and not leave any valu­ables vis­i­ble in­side them.

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Teenagers at Elim had the chance to show off their skills at Hunger­ball.

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