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 continues to work hard to develop Para-teqball, aiming to ensure the sport can be enjoyed by athletes all over the world with disabilities. At the start of 2020, FITEQ established a department focused on the development of Para-teqball. The department is working on the establishment of the rules of the sport, as well as other key areas that will provide the foundations for the growth of Para-teqball.
FITEQ also partnered with the Hungarian Paralympic Committee in March 2020 to help empower Para-athletes in Hungary, the home of teqball, by providing opportunities to pursue physical and intellectual development without discrimination.
One of the goals of FITEQ in the coming years is to host a Para Teqball World Championships.
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.