HMS Talent world cup bubble ball championship

Sailors and Officers of HMS Talent participated in the World Cup Bubble Ball Championship in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in aid of their affiliated charity Hope House on Sunday 08 June 2014.

Five members of the Ship’s company attended the event held at Shrewsbury Town football club in support of Hope House based in Shrewsbury.

“I had never heard of Bubble Ball until a few days ago” said SLt Matt Powell (24) from North Wales. “When I saw the game on the internet I remember thinking that looks fun!” 

The event was organised by one of the submarine’s affiliated charities Hope House, a children’s charity that cares for terminally ill children.

“I am delighted to be participating in this strange event for such a worthy cause” said Lt Chris Carnie (27) from Brighton.

If you can imagine a chick breaking through an egg with only its legs on show you’ll have a general idea of what the players look like

Lt Chris Carnie

When questioned on the teams tactics he said “We don’t really have much of a plan none of us are particularly good footballers. Add to that the fact you’re wearing a massive inflatable ball and you have a recipe for mayhem." 

The game consists of two teams of five players who play on a Five a Side football pitch.  The players are strapped inside a giant ball with only their legs sticking out the bottom for movement. 

“If you can imagine a chick breaking through an egg with only its legs on show you’ll have a general idea of what the players look like. Strangely enough the coordination of our team was similar to that of a headless chicken; sporadic and without thought” said HMS Talent’s team captain Lt James Thompson (29) from Bristol. 

The money raised by the submarine will be used to help continue the excellent work Hope House charity does in caring for terminally ill children. 

HMS Talent is currently undergoing an engineering package alongside HMNB (Her Majesty’s Naval Base) Devonport, Plymouth before sailing on operations. 

“I think I can speak for the whole team when I say that we have all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The people of Shrewsbury have been friendly and inviting and we are looking forward to returning to Shrewsbury in the future” said Lt Ben Jeffrey (28) from Durham.