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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...
The Beth Bennett Award

The Beth Bennett Award

It’s Volunteers’ Week, a time of year where those who give up their time for nothing can be recognised. Earlier this year, we recognised one particular volunteer – Beth Bennett, the coach of the National Team- by awarding her with a prize named in her honour. The Beth Bennett Award for Outstanding Services to Scottish...

New SKA Constitution and Committee

At the AGM on 18th April, the SKA membership voted to adopt the new constitution proposed by the committee. The following were elected to serve on the new committee: Andy Harrow (Glasgow), Annabel Grout (St Andrews University), Ian Volante (Edinburgh Mavericks), Michael Nicholson (Dundee), Nicol van Rijbroek (Glasgow), and Nigel Cooper (Dundee). The committee met...

SKA statement on appeals outcome for protests

As outlined in previous SKA statements, the Scottish Korfball Association engaged a panel of vounteers from across the korfball community to review two indpendent protest decisions raised by Northern Storm and Dundee 1 against Edinburgh City 2 in December 2014.   The appeals panel were provided with statements from each of the clubs involved in...

SKA Statement: Protests

2014/15 League Rules For the 2014/15 season the Scottish Korfball Association AGM instituted a new system for managing team selection and the issue of ‘playing up’ and ‘playing down’. Under the 2014/15 league rules (see SKA Policy Library, League Secretary emails passim.) the previous system of ‘star players’ was revoked, as agreed by majority at...

February 2015 division split & player update

Before the first rounds of the post-split Scottish Korfball Leagues (set out below), some updates on leading player stats after the pre-split fixtures. Scottish Korfball League Division A Edinburgh City 1 Edinburgh Mavericks 1 Edinburgh University 1 Glasgow 1 Scottish Korfball League Division B Dundee 1 Edinburgh Mavericks 2 Northern Storm St Andrews 1 Scottish...

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,...

Referee development update

The SKA is making progress with its referee development programme (see this link), with an intention of enabling all league games to be refereed by people with appropriate experience and/or qualifications. In brief: “top-end” league matches are supposed to be reffed by Level 3 refs, or by Level 2’s who are striving to become Level 3’s,  “lower-end” matches...
Scottish Korfball Leagues: January Update

Scottish Korfball Leagues: January Update

The first rounds of Scottish korfball in 2015 have been played, and as such it is time for an update on the leagues thus far:

SKA Cup & AGM 2015

The Scottish Korfball Association are pleased to announce that the SKA Cup will be held on 18th April 2015. In addition to the SKA Cup, the association’s Annual General Meeting will be held on this date, along with a social event bringing together as much of the Scottish korfballing community as possible. So, mark the...
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,...
Come hell or high water...

Come hell or high water…

Lazy writers like to begin articles with a trite saying.  A lazy writer might suggest that supportive parents ensure their children participate in the sport that they love come hell or high water.  Rarely do the words bear any literal, rather than metaphorical value.  Fortunately for this writer, the River Isla suffered an identity crisis...
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...

Ian Volante on Fifteen to One

Edinburgh Mavericks’ Ian Volante is scheduled to be on television on Thursday 16th October in the latest series of Fifteen to One. Fifteen to One is a quiz show which originally ran throughout the nineties, and which was revived earlier in 2014. After a winning appearance in series 29, and a losing return in series...

Edinburgh City Beginners’ Tournament 2014

Edinburgh City Korfball Club will be holding their annual beginners tournament on Saturday the 18th of October. The venue will be Westwoods sports centre in Edinburgh and all clubs are welcome. Teams can enter a team of  beginners or a mix of levels as the aim of the tournament is for new players to experience...

Scottish Korfball Hall of Fame

The Scottish Korfball Association is pleased to announce the creation of the SKA Hall of Fame. This gallery of greats will be chosen by those who have or are currently taking part in Scottish Korfball along with any other interested people. As this is the first year we are planning to induct just one very...
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...
League Report: SKL2 07/09/2014 - Glasgow 2 v Dundee 1 v Northern Storm

League Report: SKL2 07/09/2014 – Glasgow 2 v Dundee 1 v Northern Storm

The first weekend of the 2014/15 Scottish Korfball League saw Division 2 kick off with Glasgow 2 hosting Dundee 1 and league entrants Northern Storm in Glasgow. The league opener was Glasgow 2 v Dundee 1, which was a close fought affair between well-matched sides, with Dundee being a bit better at finishing some early...

SKA Calendars – pre-split 2014/15 published

The Scottish Korfball Association are delighted that the Scottish Korfball League 2014/15 is getting going today in Glasgow, as Glasgow 2 meet Dundee 1 and Northern Storm in Bellahouston, Glasgow. As a new initiative for the coming season, the SKA have uploaded the provisional fixture list to a google calendar, which can be found here...
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...
Upcoming Workshops on Rules and Refereeing

Upcoming Workshops on Rules and Refereeing

The SKA will be running two referee’s workshops over the coming months. The first will be a 5 hour “Introduction to Refereeing Korfball” on Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at St. Andrews University.  This workshop will run in two parts: a 3-hour morning session, from 10am to 1pm, will cover basic theoretical and practical aspects of the rules and refereeing, using both...
IKF updates the rules of Korfball

IKF updates the rules of Korfball

The International Korfball Federation has released seperately updated sets of rules and guidelines for the games of indoor and outdoor korfball. The new rules will come into effect on September 1st, 2014. But fear not, mighty korfers… the rules have not changed too much, and Scottish korfball will hopefully continue to be just as much fun as ever! Given...
Storm in a Teacup - Report

Storm in a Teacup – Report

Northern Storm Korfball Club has just held its inaugural Storm in a Teacup tournament on Saturday 21st June, just less than a year after the club was founded. The venue was our training and home ground at Kingsmeadow School, Dunston, Gateshead, where camping was provided on the sheltered school field for both Friday and Saturday...
Scottish Korfball Hall of Fame: Call for Nominations

Scottish Korfball Hall of Fame: Call for Nominations

As announced on 31/05/2014, the Scottish Korfball Association are looking to establish a Hall of Fame to recognise those who have made outstanding contributions to korfball in Scotland: “This gallery of greats will be chosen by those who have or are currently taking part in Scottish Korfball along with any other interested people. As this...
Kinnoull Primary School win Scottish Schools Open

Kinnoull Primary School win Scottish Schools Open

Kinnoull Primary School defeated Dunbarney Primary School to lift the Scottish Schools Open title at Dundee's Festival of Korfball.
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...
Sponsorship Plea: Elly & Lizzie do ULTRA

Sponsorship Plea: Elly & Lizzie do ULTRA

Lizzie Brough and I are doing the Hadrian’s Wall ultramarathon on 21/22 June. This is a 69 mile course we endeavour to complete in two days. We’ve been training for this since January. Let me take you through some of the highlights so far. The idea was borne in July last year, when we did...

Open Invitation to Commonwealth Games Korfball Challenge in Dundee (June 21)

SportDundee are funding Dundee Korfball Club to host a Commonwealth Games Challenge Korfball Festival in Dundee on June 21, and the SKA is looking for volunteers and players to form a “rest of Scotland” squad to take on the hosts in a demonstration game. Anyone who would like to play in the team should contact Nigel Cooper...
Scottish Korfball Hall of Fame

Scottish Korfball Hall of Fame

The Scottish Korfball Association is pleased to announce the creation of the SKA Hall of Fame. This gallery of greats will be chosen by those who have or are currently taking part in Scottish Korfball along with any other interested people. As this is the first year we are planning to induct just one very...
St Andrews Beach Tournament 2014

St Andrews Beach Tournament 2014

The annual St Andrews Beach Korfball Tournament returned in spectacular fashion on the 24th May this year. Thankfully the event was accompanied with plenty of fun korfball action, good weather and an excellent turnout from all of our Scottish korfball clubs as well as two of our neighbouring English korfball clubs. Lancaster seemed to have...
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...