Congratulations to Lawhead Primary School from Fife, who are the first ever winners of the SKA Scottish Schools Open Korfball Championship!
The event, which was held at Dundee International Sports Centre today, was part of the IKF’s Year of the Youth celebrations. Nearly thirty children took part in the competitions, which featured mono-korf games and skills challenges, and points were accrued for two teams – the “Korfs” and the “Balls”. Similar events were held throughout the World, and each team’s total were added to the International tally – in Scotland, the Korfs beat the Balls 39-19, but across the globe, the Balls beat the Korfs 899-827!
The main focus of the Open day was the round robin competition between Lawhead Primary (St Andrews), Birkhill Primary (Angus) and a “Rest of Scotland” team composed of players from Angus, Perth & Kinross and Tayside. Lawhead’s two wins saw them walk away with the shield. Fittingly, the winning team was coached by Rosie Henshaw, who played a big role in korfball’s early development in Scotland.
A massive debt of thanks is owed to all those who made the day a success. Several coaches have been delivering youth korfball sessions in numerous schools over the last few months, and their efforts are hugely appreciated, as are those of the referees, Active Schools co-ordinators, general helpers and parents who worked so hard to make the Open the success that it was. Special mention, though, must be paid to the SKA’s Development Officer, Nigel Cooper. The amount of time and effort Nigel has put into youth korfball (and korfball in general) over the last year has been astounding. Without his drive and determination, the Scottish Schools Open might never have taken place – instead, we already have children talking about coming back next year. Nigel’s unerring optimism (often in the face of general pessimism) has been the key driver of the Scottish youth korfball project, which now has a strong platform to build on next year.