The BSKA is proud to announce the Great Britain Student Korfball Training Squad for 2017. Following two trial sessions held this past winter at Whitgift School, coaches Dave, Joe and Rob have selected a training squad of 32 players. They will train and compete together at various competitions over the next year as momentum builds towards the FISU World University Championships in 2018.
This year over 60 players applied to be considered for the squad and every constituent nation of Great Britain was represented multiple times at the trials. All three coaches commented on how impressed they were with all those who attended. The standard of talent on display was overwhelming, leaving Dave, Joe and Rob with a difficult task to narrow down the selection to only 32. The trials were yet further evidence of how strong student korfball is within the United Kingdom and how the standard of student player continues to improve year on year. That this year’s squad includes players from three countries and seventeen universities is further testament to that fact. In addition to some of those who have represented the GB student team past, comes many new faces who bring with a wealth of experience at both club and international level. As university korfball currently stands as the main talent pool for many city clubs, the strength of this year’s squad bodes well for the future of British korfball generally.
The next two years promises to be an exciting time for the BSKS. Not only do the squad have the first ever FISU World University Championships to prepare for, this summer will also see the squad compete in the inaugural BSKA International Invitational Trophy. That tournament will bring together eight top student and senior international sides for an intense, high level competition at UEA Sportspark this June.
“This is indeed an exciting time to be part of student korfball in this country especially now korfball is a FISU sport” commented British Student Korfball team manager, John Bagnall.
“There is so much going on with the growing number of teams entering BUCS competition driving an increase in quality of the Student National Championships. It is no surprise that this year we have been able to select arguably the most talented student squad for many years. As the strength of student korfball continues to grow, we have every reason to be confident going into next year’s World Cup”
The BSKA would like to thank all those who trialled for the GB student squad and hope that you continue to work hard, improve and continue to help develop university level korfball.