About the Sport
Tennikoit is an energetic and fun sport that promotes hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and general fitness skills. In tennikoit, players throw and catch a rubber ring over a net on a badminton-style court. When a player misses a catch, their opponent wins a point and the first player to earn 21 points wins the set. The first player to win two sets is the winner of the match.
Singles, doubles, and mixed doubles are all available forms of play. Some events split participants based on their age, with juniors, adults, and veteran categories on offer. Juniors and specialist disability forms typically come with variations to suit those taking part, such as a lower net height or a change in the equipment used. This helps to make sure tennikoit is accessible to as many people as possible.
Tennikoit can be played either indoors or outdoors. Outdoor courts are normally marked out on grass, concrete or clay and are popular in the summer months. Meanwhile, indoor courts are usually in sports halls and in gyms.
Tennikoit in Great Britain
Tennikoit GB is the national governing body in Great Britain and holds official recognition from the World Tennikoit Federation (WTF). After launching in early 2019, Tennikoit GB gained official recognition a year later.
Since then, Tennikoit GB has been responsible for the management, promotion, and development of the sport from the grassroots to the elite level. Its area of responsibility covers all of England, Scotland, and Wales. The organisation also runs the officially recognised Team GB program that competes on the international stage at events such as the World Championships.
The work done by Tennikoit GB on a day-to-day level varies, but it includes facilitating play sessions, competitions, clubs, and school programs, and supporting coaches and officials to improve their skills.
History of the Sport
Most people think that deck tennis was the forerunner to the sport that we know today. Deck tennis was played on the decks of ocean liners and military ships with teams throwing a ring of rope over a net.
The modern game replaced the rope ring with a rubber one and the singles and doubles formats were born. The first national championships were hosted in Germany in 1929, and South Africa and India ran national championships in 1960. The WTF launched in 2004 and the first world championships took place in 2006.
With tennikoit programs developing all over the world, national teams launched in countries like Bangladesh, New Zealand, Poland, Argentina, the USA, and many more. The world championship events now take place every two years and many national governing bodies host national championships every year.