Statement from Global VX, the International Administrative Body for VX in support of Direct Sports Pro:
We welcome this project to be delivered by Direct Sports Provision Ltd, and welcome their involvement and efforts to achieve maximum participation and awareness.
VX is a sport that is spreading rapidly and having a positive impact in raising participation and activity. Some people want to play recreationally and others want to avail themselves of the competitive opportunities offered by the sport. The project outlined by Direct Sports Provision will cater for both of these types of player, but the main thing is, it will increase physical activity, including among that part of the population that does not ‘do’ sport.
This project will also cater for all sectors of the population – the sport is accessible to those with a range of disabilities, it is also totally gender-neutral at all levels and as a result existing clubs have a number of family units playing with ages ranging from 5-71.
We are delighted to see this project and hope that the sport can, as a result, have the same impact in the Wychavon area as it is in other areas of the country.
VX has continued to be popular in schools in the UK and is now being adopted by universities, colleges, youth organisations, Street Games and the military. It is also attracting interest from the Prison Service and Primary Care Trusts.
VX is one of the few sports where male and female players compete on an equal basis. It is also accessible to players of all abilities, including players with a wide range of physical and cognitive impairments. It is not an adaptation of any single sport however there are elements of several sports including dodgeball, lacrosse, basque pelota and hockey. VX helps increase participation as it is a great ‘leveller’, attracting both sporty and less-sporty players, some of whom do no other sport. It’s stated core values are ‘honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and respect’ and the rules of the sport serve to emphasise these core values.
It is an exceptionally flexible sport that can be played in teams, as singles (V2) or as doubles (V4). V2 and V4 are played on squash courts and therefore can breathe new life into under-used squash facilities.
VX now has a foothold in 26 countries of which 16 have National Governing Bodies (NGBs).