Scotland Korfball are proud to be supporting the development of Korfball in the North-East of England by welcoming Northern Storm Korfball Club into the SKL for 2014/15.
SKA Chair Graham Robertson was delighted to confirm that the SKA will accept Northern Storm into the league for the coming season at the recent AGM:
“Over the past year I have been more and more aware of the work being done by those involved in the club and I am impressed at the speed in which they have put together a team ready for a good season of Korfball. Their attendance at Edinburgh International Korfball Tournament in January 2014 was a welcome breath of fresh air and the award given at this point was well deserved, I hope they bring this fresh attitude to the rest of the Scottish teams in the league. We would also like to wish them the best of luck with the first Storm in a Teacup tournament planned for over the summer, I am sure it will be a great success. Welcome to Scottish Korfball!”
SKA Development Officer Bob McKinlay added his own message of welcome and support for Storm Korfball:
“I’m very happy to see a new team enter the league this season, bringing with them some solid Korf experience as well as bucket-loads of enthusiasm. I would personally like to add my best wishes to the team this season, and as with all clubs anything I can do for them to help from a development side ask away. I am very excited to see the clubs growing and starting new across the UK for the start of the 2014/15 season.”
We spoke to Northern Storm’s President, Lee Guest, and publicity officer, Mike Robson, to hear all about the Scottish Korfball League’s newest entrants.
Hi Northern Storm, how does it feel to be accepted to join the Scottish Korfball League?
It feels amazing and we can’t wait to play against the other teams in the Scottish Korfball League. We’ve been playing lots of friendlies and tournaments so far and we feel that we’re more than ready for some competitive fixtures. This will really help our improvement as a club and we’re really ambitious.
Are the squad excited? What should the rest of the league expect from Storm in 2014/15?
The squad is raring to go. We have a great mixture of players with some with years of korfball experience to some who only started playing a year ago. However the more recent korfballers have already improved rapidly. The more experienced players will help to develop the more recent korfballers but there’s great ability, potential and determination throughout the team.
Storm were founded in 2013 – how big a step is it to be joining the SKL?
It is a big step but one that we think that we’re really ready for. The club is ambitious and we have some great talent so we’re very confident that we’re going to be a great addition to the SKL.
What have been the club’s biggest successes to date?
Winning the EIKT Team Spirit Trophy in 2014 was a very proud moment for our fledgling club. It was a great acknowledgement of our team spirit, our style of play, and our achievements in matches. The tournament was enjoyed by all our team and our finishing position of 22nd out of 26th belied our impressive performances with 3 wins and a draw over the weekend and having played some incredibly tough teams with some close results in the early stages of the competition.
— Northern Storm (@NorthernStormKC) January 26, 2014
What have been challenges that you’ve overcome?
We’re the only club in the North East and that is a challenge as our nearest clubs for friendlies are in Leeds and Edinburgh. They’ve been great at agreeing to friendlies, home and away, and we’ve travelled to tournaments in Leeds, Sheffield and Edinburgh for matches.
What’s this we hear about a tournament in the North East?
We’re holding the first ever NSKC tournament called Storm in a Teacup from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd June 2014 with all games taking place on Saturday 21st June. It will be taking place at our training venue, Kingsmeadow, where games will be played on astro-turf and similar surfaces. We are only 2 miles from Newcastle City Centre, right by the Metro Centre and the A1.
We are camping on the venue’s playing fields, which offer ample space, and this is free. This is available on both the Friday and Saturday nights. There will be 24-hour shower and toilet facilities and a BBQ breakfast and lunch throughout the Saturday and on Sunday morning; these, amongst other refreshments, will be for a small fee.
Socials are being arranged for both nights, this WILL include a night out in the legendary Newcastle on the Saturday night.
What’s next for korfball in the North East?
We’re very keen to bring korfball to more people in the North East. We’ve quickly become an established club with more and more members joining all the time. We’re also about to go into local schools and teach korfball during their school sports lessons. We’re hoping that the North East’s universities (Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland, Durham, Teesside) will also be more inclined to make a sustained effort to set up korfball clubs now that they have some local competition in our club.
Sum up Storm Korfball in 3 words.
Determined, Talented, Potential!
When/where do you train, and how do people get involved?
Training is every Wednesday from 8-10 pm at Kingsmeadow School Sports Hall, Market Lane, Dunston, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE11 9NX. People can either turn up or you can contact us in the following ways:
Is now a great time to be joining Storm, and if so, why?
Yes definitely. We formed in 2013 and we’re a club that is growing quickly. We’ve got a great squad of players, with a great mix of experience, athleticism, and raw potential. We welcome everyone and our coaches have been great at encouraging all players, whether they’re joining to try something new, just want to play socially, or whether they’re extremely hungry for competition and want to win every match going. We can accommodate everyone no matter what their individual reason for joining and our excellent coaches will improve your korfball. The club also has great camaraderie, is well-bonded, and we look after one another. We’re always welcoming to new members and there’s so many ways you can get involved.
— Northern Storm (@NorthernStormKC) April 17, 2014
Will you just be playing in the SKL, or will you be branching out to play EKA clubs as well?
Obviously our main priority is going to be performing well in the SKL. We want to put in good performances and want to be competitive. We’ve enjoyed playing friendlies and tournaments but the club is very well prepared for its first outing in the SKL. Don’t be surprised if we spring a few surprises on more established teams!
We’ll still be playing friendlies with EKA teams and are hoping to see the beginnings of a second team in the coming season which will be looking for plenty of practise!! Any korfball team is invited to contact us to propose friendlies!!