Head coach, Johan Oosterling, has selected his Scotland squad for the first round of the IKF European Korfball Championship 2016. He has praised the entire squad for the progress they have shown throughout several training weekends in Edinburgh, London, and the Netherlands (thank you to PKC for their hospitality), and says he is delighted with the motivation and spirit of the players. National Team Manager, Mary Cooper, is also confident in the squad’s ability and believes that the intense training the squad has gone through with Johan will allow them to fulfill their potential at this event.
In addition to the announcement of the European squad, we are also proud to announce that Bas Harland (KV Die Haghe, Holland) has taken up the role of Assistant Coach to the Scotland squad.
The IKF European Korfball Championship 1st Round East runs from the 3-5th June and will be held in Nitra, Slovakia. A full match schedule and pools are available on the IKF website.
Kyle Crombie (C)
Daniel Pratt (VC)
Morven van Sliedregt
Captain Kyle Crombie says, “Every time I pull on the Scotland strip I feel huge pride in representing my country and I’m really happy for all the new squad members who will get to experience that same feeling in Slovakia. The whole squad has been working tirelessly to adapt to a new style of play while also learning to play together. That’s why our training weekends away in London with Trojans and Holland with PKC have been really important not only to our development but also to team bonding. We have great belief in Johan’s approach and in our own abilities and everyone is really looking forward to battling it out with some tough opposition to qualify for the European Championships. It’s our first step on the way to world domination.”
Vice-captain Daniel Pratt adds, “The weekend away in Papendrecht was a fantastic opportunity for the entire training squad. The level of competition was extremely high and will stand us in good stead when we face Germany and Serbia. To have our coach set up this invaluable training weekend was incredible and he learnt just as much about us as we did from him.”
On behalf of everyone in Scottish Korfball, we wish the squad the best of luck in their upcoming games and thank all those involved in assisting the squad for their continued effort and dedication, without whom none of this would be achievable.
Finally, we would like to extend our thanks to our sponsors Total Aircare for providing our players with new training and presentation kit, and to Arjen van Sliedregt who has again provided the National team with a new set of training kit.