In a month’s time the Scotland National Squad will be jetting off to The Netherlands to compete in the European Korfball Championships. This is an exciting opportunity for Scottish Korfball, with the chance to qualify for the World Championships on offer. Final preparations are underway both on court and off, and the squad are working hard to drum up support as well as continue to push one another in the final training sessions to come. In addition, the players are leading a fundraising campaign towards attending the Championships, with a Crowdfunder page and Fundraising Event in Edinburgh on Saturday 29th September, at which the entire squad will be in attendance. The squad are also supporting Marie Curie, with 25% of all proceeds being donated to the charity. Please do support these events if you can.
We caught up with Captain Kyle Crombie and Vice-Captain Nicol Harrow to hear more about the preparations and the squad’s fundraising efforts.
Reflecting on the last 4 years of preparations for the Championships, Kyle said, “With a month to go until our first match against Wales the squad is stepping up preparations with extra fitness sessions and some competitive friendlies around the corner, it will give us a good idea of what we need to sharpen up on over the last few weeks.
Everyone understands how important this competition is and also what it means to represent Scotland. I just wanted to say a special thank you to everyone who has been involved in the training squad, you have pushed us all to be better and made the last 4 years so enjoyable. We’ll give everything we have to make you proud in Holland.”
Nicol adds, “I am extremely proud of all the hard work the squad has put in over the last 3 years. The squad has developed massively with everyone pushing each other to the next level. It is a huge honour to represent Scotland and we can’t wait to play our first game against Wales! As the team is completely self-funded we would be very grateful for any support towards our European Championship campaign.”
And a final word from the Captain, “The constant support we receive from our friends and families plays a big part in being able to train so much over the last four years. A huge thank must go to those people for their constant support and for helping us to raise some funds towards the European Championships. We would be so grateful for any further support that we can get. Thank you also to the SKA for providing the team with some new playing tops to help intimidate our opponents.”
The new playing shirts are seen below, as modelled by Angus Davidson and Jen Merritt. We look forward to seeing the shirt in action in October!