Teqball is an accessible sport that can be enjoyed by people regardless of their age, gender and physical abilities.
Teqball prides itself on being one of the world's most inclusive sports and FITEQ is committed to promoting gender equality and Para-teqball, as well as supporting social impact projects around the world.
Teqball CSR and Sport Diplomacy
The FITEQ CSR and Sport Diplomatic Relations department is at the heart of the federation's strategic partnerships with diplomatic bodies, Governments and NGOs, helping the sport have a wider social impact. FITEQ has developed a very strong relationship with the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which has led to a number of high-level diplomatic projects in recent years. Charity and philanthropy are at the core of FITEQ's values, with the federation aiming to make teqball available for anyone, anywhere in the world.
One of the key projects to date has been FITEQ's partnership with Peace and Sport, with the federation supporting Peace and Sport's Live Together programme in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Sustainability is one of the most important attributes in all areas of FITEQ's work and the contribution to Peace and Sport's Live Together programme is a great example of this. By organising the project around the concept of training the trainers, there has been a lasting legacy that has seen a teqball community continue to grow in the Zaatari Refugee Camp.
FITEQ’s global CSR programme - Table of Peace - was launched in Djibouti in February 2021. To mark the start of the long-term project, FITEQ and the Djibouti Teqball Federation, in collaboration with the Djibouti National Olympic Committee and its President, International Olympic Committee Member Aïcha Garad Ali, donated Teq tables to all three refugee camps in the country. The aim of the programme is to engage young people in sporting activities to help provide an escape from the daily challenges they face, whilst also teaching them transferrable skills and key values such as teamwork, inclusivity and integrity. In addition to donating tables, FITEQ is implementing the programme around the concept of training the trainers that has proven to be effective in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Following the launch in Djibouti, FITEQ is preparing for the Table of Peace programme to be rolled out across all five continents.
FITEQ is committed to ensuring teqball is a gender equitable sport in all areas. Teqball star and mixed doubles world champion Natalia Guitler is the chair of the FITEQ Athlete Committee and there are a number of programmes in place to help encourage more women to play the sport. The FITEQ Women's Committee lead a programme, as part of the wider Zero to Hero programme, specifically targeting the engagement of women in the sport.
The World Championships have highlighted how teqball is a gender equitable sport, with Norwegian twin sisters Pernille Ingvaldsen Smith and Henriette Ingvaldsen an excellent example of this. The pair became the first-ever female only doubles team to compete in a World Championships and are amongst a number of other teqball stars inspiring women all over the world to play the sport.
At the end of 2019, FITEQ signed the Brighton plus Helsinki Declaration on Women and Sport, committing to upholding 10 principles that enable women and girls to freely and safely participate, compete and build careers in sport.