International Invitational Tournament BSKA Squad Annoucement

We are pleased to announce the two squads that will represent the BSKA at the International Invitational Tournament on 17th-18th June 2017. Following a series of training sessions over the last two months, coaches Joe and Rob have selected two strong squads of 12.

The sides will compete against Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Norfolk and their senior GB counterparts in an effort to take home first BSKA International Trophy!

The tournament will take place at UEA SportsPark, Norwich on both days so come along and support the students!

See you there!

GB Senior Squad added to BSKA International Invitational Tournament

The British Student Korfball Association is delighted to announce that the Great Britain Senior Team have been added to this June’s International Invitational Trophy event.

The side, coached by former BSKA Head Coach Dave Buckland, will compete alongside the British Students, Ireland, Norfolk, Scotland and Wales in an effort to be crowned the first BSKA International Invitational Trophy Winners.

The competition will be held on 17th and 18th June 2017 at SporsPark, UEA, Norwich. All spectator entry is free so come down and support!

(Photo courtesy of TRUEFOCUS)

Final Entrants Announced for BSKA International Invitational Tournament

The British Student Korfball Association is delighted to announce the final entrants for the inaugural International Invitational Trophy. The competition will take place at Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ on the weekend of 17th-18th June 2017.

The BSKA sides will compete against the national teams of Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as a special Norfolk Korfball All Star side. This promises to be an exciting event and all spectator entry is free! Come along and support your favourite korfball stars from around the United Kingdom. We look forward to welcoming many of you in Norwich next month!

Korfball Level 2 Coaching Course

Want to get involved in coaching your University club. Please see details below of the Avon Tyrell Korfball Coaching Course, taking place over the summer. There are grants available to cover the cost and you may even be able to get financial support from your own University sport departments as it allows clubs to self-develop and build up leadership skills within clubs.

1st4Sport Coaching Course 2017

The Norfolk Korfball Association, in association with Sport Structures is running the 1st4Sport Level 2 Korfball Course. This course is an intensive week of high-level skills training, and teaching of coaching techniques suitable for training teams at competition level. The course runs from Saturday 29 July to Saturday 5 August and is held at Avon Tyrrell, a Youth Club Residential Centre, set in beautiful grounds in the New Forest at Bransgore, Hampshire. Facilities include a lake, heated outdoor swimming pool, sports fields, hard courts and its own woods.

WHO CAN GO? The coaching course is open to anyone (18 years and over) who is keen to improve their game and acquire coaching skills for teams playing competitive korfball. The people that benefit most will be familiar with korfball and seeking to expand their coaching abilities. However, the course has also been of benefit to students at colleges where there is no experienced coach (or players) available. It is also ideal for teachers and youth leaders and people who want to help train players within their club.

WHAT’S THE COURSE ABOUT? The course is organised by the NKA and will be taught by top-level coaches who have had extensive experience of playing and training korfball to high levels. The course will include the theory and practice of korfball, rules, methodology, tactics, teaching, game analysis, technique and much more. The course will involve assessments of personal coaching abilities. The referee’s theory examination is included during the week, this is in addition to the 1st4sport coaching course. Usually a great sense of team spirit develops amongst the course participants and at the end of the week there is a game against the Summer Camp team, and a party. There is a little free time and a choice of activities such as archery and canoeing to take part in as well as swimming every day.

ACCOMMODATION AND WHAT TO BRING. Participants on the course are well-fed and watered by a team of volunteers who prepare three meals a day. If you have any particular dietary needs or medical considerations, please let us know as soon as possible. Accommodation is in two purpose-built chalets with twin and four bedded rooms and showers. Bring plenty of sports clothes (including trainers and astro-turf boots), sun cream and a torch. If you are prepared to camp, there is a £100 reduction in fees.

COST The cost for the week is £685. However, you can apply for a grant of up to £150 to reduce the cost. The fee includes full board and lodging as well as course materials. Please contact Philip Buttinger (details below) for grant details. Please note: there are only a limited number (24) of places available on this course, and these will be allocated to ensure a fair distribution across all areas, so please book as soon as you can.

TRAVEL Transport to and from Avon Tyrell is not provided although travellers by train can be collected from Christchurch Station by arrangement. There will be other people going from various parts of the country so it may be possible to get a lift for a share of the petrol. Arrival between 3 and 5pm on Saturday 29 July departure by 12 noon on Saturday 5 August.

To obtain the 1st4Sport qualification it is necessary to complete a further assessment at least 3 months after the completion of the Avon Tyrrell week course and after you have conducted at least 6 korfball training sessions. Those who successfully complete the Avon Tyrrell course will receive a Letter of Competence to allow you to coach before completion of the final assessment phase.

TO BOOK Email your details to Philip Buttinger: philipbuttinger@gmail.com and make payment into Norfolk Korfball Association’s bank account at Barclays Sort Code: 20-62-53 Account No: 10469440 before 4 June 2017. Payment in full is required by the 8 July 2017.

But hurry up and book early – places are limited.

Dave Buckland Resigns as GB Student Squad Head Coach

It is with great sadness that the British Student Korfball Association announce that we have reluctantly accepted the resignation, with immediate affect, of Dave Buckland as the GB Student Squad Head Coach. Dave explained his decision in conversations last week with BSKA President Alan Piper and BSKS Manager John Bagnall. Dave has worked tirelessly in his role over the years and feels now is the right time to move on and focus on other commitments.

It has been a great privilege to have Dave as head coach for the last four years and his devotion to the development of student korfball has been second to none. We would like to put on record our enormous gratitude for all Dave has achieved in his role as head coach. It is clear that student korfball in Britain would not be where it is today without Dave’s efforts. Dave will continue to work with the BSKA on development and as a trusted advisor for which we are very thankful.

We are pleased to confirm that Joe Stirling and Rob Williams will continue in their role as coaches ensuring that the squad still has the best possible preparation in the build up to the BSKA International Invitational Trophy in June.

We wish Dave the absolute best for all his future endeavours and look forward to working with him on other projects.

Thank you

Great Britain Student Korfball Squad 2017 Announcement

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.

 

Great Britain Student Korfball Squads, IKF UKWC 2015

fisu-logosGreat Britain have been invited to enter two teams into the University Korfball World Cup, taking place on 16th-19th April 2015.

The teams will be playing against competitors from the Netherlands, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Turkey in a test event for inclusion into further FISU Scheduling of events, with a view to making a University World Cup a regular occurrence.

The GBR squad held final trials at the UEA Sportspark over the Easter Weekend
The GBR squad held final trials at the UEA Sportspark over the Easter Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After two trials events, Inter Area and the BUCS National Finals, a final selection event took place at the UEA Sportspark over the Easter weekend. The following are the squads selected for the event.

 

BSKA British Student Korfball

Great Britain 1
Female:
Alex Derham (C) (Loughborough University)
Claire Dique (Brunel University)
Bexi Fitch (Cardiff University)
Karla Pinney (University of Bedfordshire)
Hannah Wallace (University of Bedfordshire)
Jo-Anne Wilson (University College London)
Bayley Wooldridge (University of East Anglia)

Male:
Alex Bell (Southampton University)
Ollie Bell (Cambridge University)
Toby Clarke (University of Brighton)
Stanley Dunn (University of Bedfordshire)
Kieron Hicks (VC) (Brunel University)
Blake Palfreyman (University of Brighton)
Charlie Vogwill (University of East Anglia)

Great Britain 1 will be in Pool A, with Netherlands (2), Turkey and Hong Kong.

Great Britain 2
Female:
Chelsie Browne (Loughborough University)
Emma Bryant (Southampton University)
Emma Butterworth (University of Birmingham)
Hannah Darwin (Lancaster University)
Amy Fitch (University of Nottingham)
Lizzie McCloud (University of Nottingham)
Alicia Nolan (University of East Anglia)

Male:
Harry Andrews (University of Birmingham)
Rob Bloomer (C) (University of East Anglia)
James Carter (University of Nottingham)
Leo Comerford (Cardiff University)
Paul Debenham (University of East Anglia)
Nikesh Patel (VC) (Southampton University)
Alex Seabright (University of Birmingham)

Great Britain 2 will be in Pool B, with Netherlands (1), Chinese Taipei and China.

 

To find more information about the world cup, including Match schedules, head to: 

http://www.ikf.org/events/ikf-university-korfball-world-cup/ 

Make sure you come and support both GBR teams as they take on the world’s best!

Chairman’s Annual Report ’14/15

In the continuing vein of trying to provide better and earlier information, below is the annual report due for this years AGM taking place at BUCS National Championships at The UEA Sportspark on Saturday 7th March at 5 45pm. The Treasurer’s report will follow.

British Student Korfball has had, and is still having a fantastic year. I’m pleased to say that in contrast to a couple of years ago, where the chairman’s report stated that what was good about student korfball was largely down to clubs and not the governing body, I believe the BSKA is now pulling its weight as a partner to clubs in a more tangible manner.

In saying this though, I want to again thank clubs and their members for all their hard work- no matter what the BSKA does, it is always ‘on the ground’ at universities where you make the real difference.

Overall, the association has had a growth in membership, participation and elite sport activity. Throughout this, the revenue of the association has grown to match the increasing demands of activity levels and no loans or debts have been incurred, and as such abiding by the financial requirements set by the BSKA constitution.

I think there are three key areas that we should note at the end of the season:

Competitions
Clubs
International Setup

Competitions

As you will all know, BSKA competitions have grown from 4 competitions last year, with 3 of these being recognised by BUCS, to 15 BUCS recognised events. We also had 47 teams enter the new competition structures, up from 18 last year, which is fantastic and shows the potential of the sport, although we fell just short of our target of 48 competing teams.

This change has definitely had ‘growing pains’ which unfortunately are to be expected, with steep learning curves for both the association, and clubs which have kindly hosted events after long absences as hosts, but also for clubs entering more than one team, and the associated rules that go along with it.

Key learning points that I think we/ the new executive have to take away are:

Supporting hosts to find referees, particularly in the early stages of competition;
Confirming all venues before the start of the season, to support travelling clubs- this will be easier in year 2 as we actually know the format well in advance!
Having Regional Support for competitions will be key and as such will be included in a proposal for executive committee restructure before the AGM/elections.

We have also seen a huge increase in BUCS points, which I certainly hope will encourage more universities into the sport.

Clubs

We have had several new, returning and second year clubs taking part, which is fantastic to see. We need this for the growth of the sport, and I encourage any members going back to their home areas to look at how they can support the growth of new University sides in their areas.

Thank you to everyone who has recently set up, or continued running a club.

International Setup

As you may be aware, the BSKA, in partnership with the EKA, is hosting a trial event University World Cup. This event will feature 2 GBR teams and 6 other teams from around the world. The event is a precursor to potential inclusion in the FISU series of World Championships for University level Sport. This would be a massive step forward for us as a sport and we hope the event runs successfully. We have several people to thank for this in a big way. Firstly the EKA for their ongoing support. Secondly our Internationals Team, Stan Dunn (Squad Manager) Joe Stirling and Dave Buckland (GBR Coaching team).

This year has been the best in recent memory for the Great Britain Student Korfball Squad, and I hope this continues in future, by having a regular World Championship to train for, which should drive the international programme.

Overall a successful year for student korfball, but hopefully nothing more than a platform for the work of future executive committees. As this report is released in advance of the national finals events, I’m very pleased to be able to wish the 47 participating teams the best of luck in achieving BUCS success in the national Championship, Trophy and Shield Competitions!

Rob

BSKA Chairperson

BUCS Regional Round 2015

BSKA British Student Korfball

BUCS Regionals 2015 are just around the corner!

As the format is new this year, the BSKA has confirmed that the events are taking the following format: Pools of four/Quarter Finals/Semi Finals/Finals

With this in mind, it’s still all to play for after the pools to qualify for National Championships.

The top four placed first teams from each regional event will go through to the National Championship event (UEA, 7th and 8th March) . The other four teams at each event will progress to the National Trophy competition (Nottingham, 21st and 22nd of March).

Pools for the National stage of the competition will be decided using the same format. Each Pool will be randomly selected, and will have one team from each Regional competition. In addition, no pool will have more than one first placed team from a regional, one second placed team and so on. An example pool for the Championships would be: Continue reading “BUCS Regional Round 2015”