About Us

Meet our Association’s President and Team Members

Meet our President, Dave Underhill.

He is the smiley bearded guy in the middle.

How it all started

Once upon a time in January 2014, a warm and inviting sushi dinner brought together friends and neighbors at the home of Dave and Vicky. Amidst the delightful chatter and laughter, Dave began to enthusiastically share tales of a sport that had taken Japan by storm – Gateball.

The dinner that started Swiss Gateball

The guests, captivated by Dave’s vivid descriptions, expressed keen interest in both the game and the idea of visiting Japan. As fate would have it, Dave’s passion for Gateball had ignited back in September 2008, when Alex Park arrived at CERN and introduced him to this fascinating sport.

Feeling inspired, Dave embarked on an adventure to Japan in April 2014. There, he had the opportunity to meet with the president of the World Gateball Union (WGU) and learn even more about the game. Little did he know, his journey was just beginning.

gateball team switzerland

In September 2014, the World Gateball Union Championship Tournament was held in Niigata, Japan. With the whirlwind of excitement surrounding the event, it became evident that Gateball had not only captured the hearts of the Japanese but also ignited a spark in the hearts of Dave, Vicky, and their friends.

From a casual sushi dinner to a thrilling championship in Japan, the journey of Dave and his companions serves as a testament to the power of shared passion and the remarkable connections fostered through the world of Gateball.

A TEAM game for both sexes and all generations, from the youngest to the oldest, a group of friends, a group of work colleagues, a family, or a few individuals thrown together… it’s ‘Team Building’.– Dave