UPDATE – seemed to be a success… 34 players, 4 teams, fantastic turnout by Northern Storm. David Wiseman won the World Cup, some Elves won the tournament and the quiz, and some people with very little taste won the Hat competition, A few photos below. 🙂[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”11″ gal_title=”Christmas Hat Tournament (12/12/2015)”]
The SKA is hosting a Christmas Hat Tournament in Edinburgh on Saturday, 12th December. This will be a light-hearted event that aims to get people of all ages and all levels of experience to mix it up a little and enjoy some fun time on court (while hopefully also raising a little money to help with the national team’s participation in next year’s European qualifiers – see below). Beginners are most definitely welcome (as are more experienced players)!
Matches will run from 12:30 to 4:30pm in the Galleon Sports Centre at George Watson’s College (69 -71 Colinton Rd, Edinburgh EH10 5EG).
For those of you that haven’t been to a hat tournament before, the idea is that all players enter their names into one of two hats – one for boys and one for girls, and then teams are drawn at random from those hats. Each team then gets to battle it out in a series of short games against the other teams. Points will be awarded to the winners of each game, with bonus points on offer for other reasons, including a few for those who really make an effort and get into the festive spirit (e.g., dare I say it, by wearing a nice home-made Christmas Hat?). And if we’re feeling particularly generous, who knows, maybe there’ll even be some delicious festive prizes on offer at at the end of the day?
Following initial consultations with clubs, we are expecting the attendance at the tournament to be somewhere between 30 and 50 people. We will leave the final format flexible to ensure that all players get a reasonable amount of game time (ideally each team will get at least an hour on court), and we’ll make sure there are a few distractions for the times that you’re not actually playing.
There will be an entry fee of £5 per player for the tournament, with any profits going towards the national squad’s 2016 European Campaign.
To book your own spot in the tournament, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment can either be made by direct bank transfer into the SKA’s account or by cash-in-hand on the day.