Kick volleyball exhibition wows students at Marjon
IF YOU crossed volleyball, tennis and football, you would be tied in knots.
Thankfully, the game popular in South East Asia of sepak takraw – or kick volleyball in layman terms – is easier to play than say.
It was one of a range of exhibition activities on display at UCP Marjon's first international day (pictured).
Sepak takraw involves a court and raised net and is different to volleyball as players use their feet instead of their hands.
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Sepak is the Malay word for kick and takraw is the Thai word for a woven ball. Therefore sepak takraw literally means kick ball. The choosing of the game's name was a compromise between Malaysia and Thailand, the two powerhouses of the sport.
Marjon student Dan Hurley watched the touring experts play and then had a go.
He said: "It's been brilliant to meet the team and watch them do back flips around the court. Their skill is amazing. It must take years of practice.
"We had a go ourselves and it is very difficult."
Mark Leather helped bring sepak takraw to Marjon.
He said: "Sepak takraw is a wonderful sport that all the visitors to Marjon on the day were enthralled by."