Internationals
Coaching Course Round-Up

Coaching Course Round-Up

Scotland Korfball’s head coach Johan Oosterling led a Coaching Clinic this weekend to over 30 eager attendees. Held at the new Performance Centre at Oriam in conjunction with the National squad training weekend, the course was designed to give an introduction to the techniques, philosophy and processes used by Oosterling. Those in attendance will be able to take back...
European Qualification 2016 – Slovakia

European Qualification 2016 – Slovakia

(Written by Daniel Pratt. Edited by Ella Paul and Katie Beadle.) The Scotland National team recently competed in the ‘IKF European Korfball Championship Round 1 East’ tournament with the main objective of qualifying for the 2018 European Championships. After training camps in Holland, London and extensive training in Edinburgh, the squad were preparing well. A...
Johan Oosterling on the European Korfball Championship

Johan Oosterling on the European Korfball Championship

“As the head coach I am very pleased with the progress we’ve made so far. We have a fantastic platform now with Mary Cooper as team manager, new assistant coach Bas Harland from KV Die Haghe in Holland and also a further commitment from Total Aircare our sponsors with all new training and presentation kit...
Squad Announcement - IKF European Korfball Championship 1st Round East

Squad Announcement – IKF European Korfball Championship 1st Round East

Head coach, Johan Oosterling, has selected his Scotland squad for the first round of the IKF European Korfball Championship 2016. He has praised the entire squad for the progress they have shown throughout several training weekends in Edinburgh, London, and the Netherlands (thank you to PKC for their hospitality), and says he is delighted with the motivation and...
The Scotland Squad - Helena Guest

The Scotland Squad – Helena Guest

Name: Helena Guest Current Club: Northern Storm Korfball Club Previous Clubs: Edinburgh University Korfball Club How long have you played korfball: 6 and a half years First memory of playing korfball: No idea, the first year was pretty much a confusing blur! What are your hopes for yourself and Scotland in the future: To improve...
The Scotland Squad - Joanna Cook

The Scotland Squad – Joanna Cook

Name: Joanna cook Age: 38 Current Club: Norwich Knights Previous Clubs: None How long have you played korfball: 10 years approx First memory of playing korfball: turning up to my first training session, not really knowing what I was doing and then being asked to play in a match that weekend. What are your hopes...
The Scotland Squad - Thijs Lepelaar

The Scotland Squad – Thijs Lepelaar

Name: Thijs Lepelaar Age: 19 Current Club: Edinburgh University Previous Clubs: LCKC Pernix (The Netherlands) How long have you played korfball: 13 years, I started in the youngest age group at Pernix at the age of six. First memory of playing korfball: Saturday morning outdoor trainings, these didn’t even have that much to do with actual...
Scotland Squad in Training for EKC Qualifiers

Scotland Squad in Training for EKC Qualifiers

Last weekend the Scotland squad travelled to south London for training matches against Trojans KC, who are competing for the English National League title in the playoffs this weekend. The trip was part of an intensive training schedule in preparation for the European Korfball Championship qualifying tournament in Slovakia in June. Scotland will face Serbia...
The Scotland Squad - Ross Thomson

The Scotland Squad – Ross Thomson

Name: Ross Thomson Current Club: Edinburgh University Previous Clubs: None Best Experience playing for Scotland? None yet. I’m hoping to make some. How long have you played korfball? 1 year. First memory of playing korfball? Going past someone at club training for my first runner. That’s when I caught the bug. What are your hopes...
The Scotland Squad - Jen Merritt

The Scotland Squad – Jen Merritt

Name: Jen Merritt Current Club: Edinburgh Mavericks Previous Clubs: Edinburgh University How long have you played korfball? 4 years First memory of playing korfball? Shooting in a Freshers week demo in a squash court at Edinburgh Uni. I liked that the balls were blue and yellow. What are your hopes for yourself and Scotland in...
The Scotland Squad - Dan Pratt

The Scotland Squad – Dan Pratt

Up next in our series, it is Dan Pratt. Name: Daniel Pratt Years played: I’ve just worked out it’ll be 20 years soon. Are there players in the squad who weren’t born when I started playing? Club: Edinburgh City Previous Clubs: Croydon, Velocitas, Trojans Career Highlights: Winning regional and national championships with Trojans last year. Captaining...
Vacancy: National Team Manager

Vacancy: National Team Manager

National Team Manager The SKA are seeking to appoint, on a voluntary basis, a National team manager. The National team manager will act as a link between the national team, coach and the SKA, as well as supporting the national coach. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual to work with the national team...
The Scotland Squad: Natasha Lynch

The Scotland Squad: Natasha Lynch

  Name: Natasha (Tash/Tasha) Lynch   Current club: Edinburgh Mavericks   Previous club: Edinburgh University   Best experience playing for Scotland: I have had a lot of great experiences putting on the Scotland strip but having a training session with top Dutch club PKC and playing against international superstars was pretty amazing.   How long...
IKF announces pools for EKC Round 1

IKF announces pools for EKC Round 1

The International Korfball Federation has confirmed the pools for the EKC Round 1. Pool 1 (Slovakia): Germany (9), Poland (13), Scotland (18), Slovakia (21), Serbia (22), Greece (30), Armenia (34) Pool 2 (France): Catalonia (7), Turkey (19), Ireland (20), Wales (23), France (25), Sweden (27) Two teams from each pool qualify for the IKF EKC...
The Scotland Squad: John Wright

The Scotland Squad: John Wright

The first national squad player introduction of 2016, John Wright: Name: John Wright Current club: Edinburgh Mavericks Previous club: Edinburgh University Best experience playing for Scotland? Every time I’ve worn the Scotland kit is a special moment for me whether it be playing at European Qualifiers, the u-23 World Cup, or playing in exhibition matches....
The Scotland Squad: Emma Stanley

The Scotland Squad: Emma Stanley

Continuing the introduction of the Scotland Squad with Emma Stanley. Being one of the longest serving internationals, joining at the age of 15 in 2007 I have represented Scotland in many competitions, including two EuroBowl competitions and the Four Nations tournament in Luxemburg, as well as having a major role in the recent Europeans. I began...
The Scotland Squad: David Wiseman

The Scotland Squad: David Wiseman

Name: David Wiseman Current Club: University of Bedfordshire/Cambridge City/Dundee Previous Clubs: N/A   Best Experience playing for Scotland? My best experience playing for Scotland would have to be the very first win which was against the England U19’s in the Home Nations. The Home Nations Tournament as a whole was a great experience, like scoring...
The Scotland Squad: Ella Paul

The Scotland Squad: Ella Paul

In a new regular feature on our website, we will introduce the newly selected International Squad. We started with Captain Kyle Crombie last week, next up is Ella Paul… Name: Ella Paul Age: 23 Current club: Edinburgh City Previous club(s): Edinburgh University Why did you start playing korfball? Everyone goes through an experimental phase at university, right?...
The Scotland Squad: Kyle Crombie

The Scotland Squad: Kyle Crombie

In a new regular feature on the website, we get the lowdown on the current Scotland squad ahead of their important 2016 international fixtures.  This week, it’s the Captain, Kyle Crombie   Name: Kyle Crombie Star sign: Scorpio Age: 28 Past Clubs: Edinburgh University Club: Northern Storm Years Playing: 8   Kyle on: Scotland “I...

Scotland Squad Announcement

Following national team trails held in Edinburgh on the 21st November, Scotland Head Coach Johan Oosterling has named his 22-person squad for the forthcoming European Qualifiers and international tournaments. The squad was chosen following a successful trial at the Crags Centre in Edinburgh, with more than 50 players from the Scottish league and further afield...
Scotland National Team Trials

Scotland National Team Trials

The SKA are looking to hold trials for the Scotland National Team on Saturday the 21st of November 2015 from 11.30 till 3.30 at Crags centre in Edinburgh. This is the moment we kick off our new international cycle with the selection of the Scotland Korfball Squad for the Euro Bowl and ultimately the European...
Oosterling Appointed National Coach

Oosterling Appointed National Coach

Johan Oosterling has been appointed as Beth Bennet's successor and will lead Scotland to the European Championship qualifiers.
Vacancy: National Team Coach

Vacancy: National Team Coach

  Update: The deadline to apply for this role has been extended to 5pm on 5th September. The Scottish Korfball Association is seeking to appoint, on a voluntary basis, an experienced and talented individual to the role of National Team Coach for the Scottish national korfball team. The individual appointed will be expected to begin...

Scotland squad announced for Inter-Areas 2015

Scotland Coach Beth Bennett has announced the latest Scotland international squad for the upcoming Inter Area tournament: Girls Nicol van Rijbroek (Glasgow) Emma Stanley (Edinburgh City) Jo Cook (Norwich Knights) Helena Guest (Northern Storm) Laura McLean (Glasgow) Katie Beadle (St Andrews) Boys Daniel Pratt (Trojans) Kyle Crombie (Northern Storm) Caspar Volkar (St Andrews) Craig Stephen...
Scotland star joins the Scottish Korfball League

Scotland star joins the Scottish Korfball League

Edinburgh korfball clubs were in competition recently to recruit long-standing Scottish international squad member, Emma Stanley. Stanley is one of the longest serving internationals, joining at the age of 15 in 2007. She was too young to join the initial trip to the Commonwealth Championships in South Africa but has represented Scotland in many competitions,...
Scotland coach Beth Bennett reflects on the European Championships

Scotland coach Beth Bennett reflects on the European Championships

Scotland coach Beth Bennett has praised her team for a commendable finish in the recent European Championships in Portugal. The team, which included players from Edinburgh and Glasgow korfball clubs, ended a best ever 11th place position. Having come through a pre-qualifying tournament in Slovakia the year before, the Scots – who were the lowest...
Scotland at the European Championships

Scotland at the European Championships

After a year of preparation, on Wednesday 22nd of October the team set off to Portugal for the European Championships. With a combination of excitement and nerves, the team arrived at our hotel in a sunny and warm Maia. After settling in, that evening our sponsors surprised us with some new training tops and tracksuits,...
Slovakia 10 - 15 Scotland

Slovakia 10 – 15 Scotland

Scotland korfball got their European Championships 2014 journey off to a cracking start by showing great character to turn around a 3-0 deficit to win 10-15 in a  nail-biting game against Slovakia. In case you missed it, find a round-up of the action as it happened below: [View the story “Scotland v Slovakia 25/10/2014” on...
Europeans Fever!

Europeans Fever!

The Scotland squad have arrived in Portugal ahead of the IKF European Championships, which kick off on Saturday. Fans, friends and family of the Scotland squad have been posting on social media looking forward to the tournament and keeping up with the squad’s arrival on sunnier shores: Post by Edinburgh Mavericks. Team Scotland made it...

Scotland’s final training weekend before the Europeans… a round up

The National squad has been busy in the past few months, gruelling fitness programmes, shooting practise, training.. Add to this training camps in Holland, Manchester and finally Kent and you wonder where they find the time, energy and money. A massive thanks to all those who donated to Nicol and Ella’s baked bean challenge. It...
Scotland Compete at the International Tournament in London

Scotland Compete at the International Tournament in London

At the beginning of September, Scotland attended a tournament hosted by the England Korfball Assoication as preparation for the European Championships.  In attendance were England, Wales, Scotland and Catalonia.  With England and Catalonia being ranked much higher than Scotland, it was going to be a good challenge for the squad. Due to other commitments, the...
Scotland v SKA select & fundraising events

Scotland v SKA select & fundraising events

The Scotland Korfball national squad have been training for the European Championships this October for almost a year now. The squad of 16 has endured countless fitness tests, ice baths, foam rollers, injuries, shuttle sprints, elevated press-ups, and fartlek training. It has been a huge effort to prepare for the European Championships which take place...
Scotland training camp in the Netherlands

Scotland training camp in the Netherlands

August Bank Holiday weekend saw Team Scotland team pay a visit to Velocitas annual outdoor Tournament in Leiden, Holland. The visit was part of the squad’s preparation for the European Championships in late October. The majority of the team travelled in mini-bus driven over by Dan ‘Schumacher Pratt’, and just about survived… the less said...
Update: Scotland Training Weekend

Update: Scotland Training Weekend

Great coaching, meeting up with international team mates, and what new hair cut Dan will have – just a few of the thoughts which pass through the heads of the Scotland squad during the week prior to training. However, with the final squad for the European Championships recently announced, the team were fully focused on...
Scotland Squad for Europeans: Announcement

Scotland Squad for Europeans: Announcement

The Scottish Korfball Association is delighted to announce that the following have been selected for the European Championships squad of 16: Girls Joanna Cook (Norwich Knights) Zoe Bennett (Flamingoes) Natasha Lynch (Edinburgh Mavericks) Morven van Sliedregt (KVS) Nicol van Rijbroek (Glasgow) Rebecca Pratt (Croydon) Ella Paul (Edinburgh University) Emma Stanley (Bearsted) Boys Mike Brayne (Manchester...
Big Dreams: Picking a Scotland Squad for the European Championships

Big Dreams: Picking a Scotland Squad for the European Championships

A famous line in an old (ish) movie is “You’ve got big dreams. You want fame. Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying. In sweat.” Maybe in today’s world of Big Brother and X Factor, people aren’t forced to pay in sweat anymore. The quote should maybe be changed to “Fitness...

Scotland Travel to the Netherlands

On Weds 30 October 2013, 14 representatives of the newly selected 24-strong Scotland squad headed out to the Netherlands to do battle at the infamous Stadskanaal tournament.   Immediately the challenges of booking the correct flight felled one squad member, Jamie Miller, who turned up at Edinburgh Airport with a boarding pass for Thursday. The next...

Scotland Europeans Squad

Following trials, the following squad of 24 have been chosen to work towards Portugal 2014.   Boys Mike Brayne (Manchester Warriors) Kyle Crombie (Northern Storm) Angus Davidson (Bristol Thunder) Jean Fourie (Edinburgh University) Ross Lenton (Norwich Knights) Jamie Miller (Edinburgh University) Daniel Pratt (Velocitas) Erik von Rustenburg (Edinburgh City) Elliot Samson (Edinburgh University) Caspar Volker...

Scotland Trials Report

Trials for the Scotland Senior Squad were well attended in September with 28 people vying for an opportunity to represent the nation at the European Championships which will be held in Portugal in November 2014. For the first time in many years, every Scottish club was represented at the trials, with noticeable improvements in the...

Scotland Trials, 28-29/9/13

  Trials for the Scottish national team will take place on the last weekend of September (28th and 29th) in Edinburgh. The SKA would like to encourage all individuals who feel they have a realistic prospect of challenging for a place in the national team to put themselves forward.   To be eligible to play...