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Having fun learning about games played in other countries

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Our physical education teacher, Mr. Mike Melfi, runs the International Physical Education Club after school. We stay after school two days a week and learn about different games from all over the world. We played and learned the following games:

JAI ALAI Originated in Spain. It is very similar to handball.

CRICKET Developed in England but very popular in India. It is similar to baseball.

RUGBY Developed in England. Similar to football.

BADMINTON Developed in British India. Similar to tennis with a shuttlecock and a racket.

FLAG SUMO WRESTLING Developed in Japan. Each player has two flags and you have to steal the flag from your opponent.

NETBALL Developed in England for women. Similar to basketball.

EUROPEAN HANDBALL Developed in Germany. It is similar to team handball.

Tatiana said: “My favorite game was European handball. It was fun bouncing the ball off the wall to your partner. I learned a lot of different games, and it was a lot of fun!”

Mason said: “My favorite game was also European handball! I like playing this game because it was fun and it was a cross between soccer and basketball.”

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