St. Peter’s Mumias Boys High school which is located in the Western part of Kenya is the epicenter of a new exciting sport that is fast gaining traction in learning institutions globally.
VX SPORT, originally Rock-It-Ball, is a ball sport launched in the United Kingdom in 2006 and has gained a massive foothold in UK schools and now has a foothold in more than 25 countries.
The school principal Mr. Cosmas Nabungolo who is the patron of VX federation Kenya is steering the growth of the sport within the East African region and across the African continent.
“Kenya has embraced VX in schools and we want to venture in to colleges and universities. We will soon have a representation at the VX world cup,” said Mr. Nabungolo.
Mr. Nabungolo who is a sports enthusiast said a team of the sport’s leadership within the region will be holding clinics to train individuals who have shown interest on officiating.
“We will also be holding competitions at the regional level to promote the growth of the sport. We are committed to spreading the sport across the continent,” said the principal.
VX Global Director and Founder of the VX Sport in United Kingdom DR. Paul Hildreth inaugurated the first ever VX Kenya officials, where Mr. Danstan Kukubo was elected the VX Kenya President and Mr. Nabungolo as the 1st Patron of VX Kenya.
ABOUT VX SPORT
VX is played by two teams of five players. The court is roughly the size of a sports hall with four badminton courts.
Each player uses a gadget called VstiX. This is made up of a control bar and a thrower/catcher at each end.
One point is scored by hitting an opponent with the ball between the shoulders and the feet. Three points are scored by catching an opponent’s thrown ball.
When a player is hit (s)he must stand still, raise a hand and look to the referee. The referee records the point and tells the player to play on.
The referee is assisted by two umpires positioned on the opposite side of the court. The role of the umpires is simply to look for infringements.
All infringements incur a three-point penalty. Violence results in ejection from the game and disciplinary action.
VX is a mixed sport – males and females compete on an equal footing. It’s an inclusive sport – players of all abilities and many disabilities can compete.
VX is a team game but there are also singles (V2) and doubles (V4) versions. There are now independent clubs, leagues and tournaments and also national teams and competition.
The World Cups are every four years and the V2 World Cups are held annually.