Johan Oosterling has been appointed as the new Coach of the Scottish national korfball team.

johanA Technical Coach at England’s Trojans Korfball Club, Oosterling will take up the post immediately, balancing the two roles.  He replaces Beth Bennet, whose eight years as Scotland coach saw the national team rise through the rankings and finish 11th at the 2014 European Championship- one place off qualification for the World Championship.

I am extremely proud to be given this opportunity to take on the role of Head Coach for the Scottish National Korfball Team. It’s a fantastic and exciting role, especially after the great performances at the recent European Championships; it is now our collective aim to further build on the successes achieved in Portugal.

I am very excited to be working with the best and most talented players in Scotland and to enable them to develop even more as individual players and as a team. I am really looking forward to competing with the best nations in Europe and in the world.

We have a long road ahead of us, with lots of work to be done but I am relishing the challenge of working together with the players and the board of the SKA to achieve even greater success for the Scottish National Team!

-Johan Oosterling, Scotland Coach

As a player Johan Oosterling is a two time English Korfball League champion with Trojans, playing to 6th place at both subsequent Europa Cup appearances.  In addition to his korfball experience, he is also an accomplished footballer and football coach, and the Director of the Dutch Football Academy in London.  His work with the Academy has seen him introduce thousands of children to korfball, and his passion for youth sport led to his involvement in establishing the Trojans Youth Korfball Academy, bringing through the next generation of talent.

Oosterling’s appointment is a real coup for Scottish Korfball according to Michael Nicholson, Chair of the Scottish Korfball Association.

“We have recruited a talented and driven young coach with the potential to really push our squad beyond their current level.  I am confident that Johan can build on the excellent work done in recent years to advance Scotland’s standing on the international stage, and that this can only benefit Scottish korfball more broadly”.

-Michael Nicholson, SKA Chair

Trials for the Scotland squad are set to be arranged for October, where Oosterling will be tasked with selecting the team for June’s European Championship qualifiers.

Scotland will next play at the Home Nations tournament in England next Sunday (27th September).