BUCS 2014-2015 ENTRIES OPEN!

BSKA British Student KorfballBUCS 2014-2015 Entries are opening on Friday 26th September 2014. The BSKA is welcoming entries from new and existing clubs for the exciting new BUCS format this season. Clubs enter teams via BUCSscore. Your Student Union, Athletic Union or Sports Department will do this for you, but make sure you are chasing them to get entered!

Several things to note:

1) You have to enter now to be involved in any level of BSKA/BUCS Competition this season;

2) Clubs can (and are encouraged to!) enter multiple teams into BUCS this year, not just 1st teams;

3) All finals competitions will be BUCS endorsed following final approval this week, so whichever stage your team/s get to (Championships, Trophy and Plate finals) you will be representing your University in BUCS;

4) Don’t panic if you are not on the team lists below- when you enter we’ll put you into a sensible geographical preliminary with BUCS.

Key Entry Information:

Method of Entry: BUCSscore

Entries Open: 26th September 2014

Entries Close: 16th October 2014

Cost per team: £275

This gets you: entry to all BSKA Competitions your team will take part in for the entire year. Looking at a squad of 12 players, this equates to just £23 for the whole season of BUCS Competition!

Preliminary Tournament information:

Scotland: Teams North: Teams Yorkshire: Teams Midlands: Teams
St Andrews Lancaster Sheffield Hallam Nottingham
Edinburgh Manchester Sheffield Uni Birmingham
Newcastle Manchester Met Leeds Keele
Leeds Met De Montfort
Scotland: Info North: Info Yorkshire: Info Midlands: Info
1st November 2014 22nd November TBC TBC
Westwoods Health Club Lancaster University Sports Centre Target Release Date 26th Sept Target Release Date 26th Sept
Edinburgh Lancaster
 EH4 1RA  LA1 4YW

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East: Teams South Mids: Teams South: Teams South West: Teams
Kent Anglia Ruskin Reading Exeter
UEA Cambridge Oxford Gloucester
Essex Bedford Brighton Bristol
Southampton Cardiff
East: Info South Mids: Info South: Info South West: Info
1st November 22nd November 8th November 29th November
UEA Sportspark Cambridge University Sports Centre Jubilee Sports Centre (University of Southampton) Merchant’s Academy Sports Centre
Norwich Cambridge Southampton Bristol
 NR4 7TJ  CB3 0AS SO17 1BJ BS13 9BL

 

Additional Information will be released asap and host clubs will be contacting Universities regarding accomodation and socials where relevant for preliminaries.

As a guide, the rest of the BUCS Schedule is aimed as follows:

Regional Round of Competition: January. Venues and dates being finalised with host clubs

National Championships: 7th and 8th March 2015, UEA Sportspark

National Trophy: 21st and 22nd March 2015, Nottingham University Sports Centre

National Plate: 14th and 15th March 2015, Cardiff House of Sport (Provisional).

As always any questions just drop us an email at studentkorfball@gmail.com

Avon Tyrrell – Coaching Course Review

The BSKA caught up with Nottingham University’s Stewart McConvery and Kerry Bray of Lancaster University after  Avon Tyrrell 2014 to find out more about their motives for going, their experience and what the future is for them. Both achieved a level 2 coaching qualification with Kerry receiving a commendation and top of class score for her efforts…

1) why did you decide to go to Avon Tyrrell?

Stewart – I wanted to go to Avon Tyrrell, to gain more understanding about korfball and improve my own game. As well as getting trained to be a coach.

Kerry –  I’d heard amazing things about it and wanted to improve my coaching and playing.

2) What will you be using your qualification for at your club?

Kerry – I’ll be taking whole club and first team sessions, getting beginners into the sport as well as prepping my team for BUCS and the league.

Stewart – With my qualification I will coach the 2nd team, in their league and into BUCS competition as well as taking an hour and a half session every week.

3) You had some of the best coaches in the country teaching you- what have you learnt from them this week?

Stewart – I learnt a lot more about the sport itself so I can now be confident in what I’m saying when teaching others, but also how to engage people you are coaching in a way that gives you respect.

Kerry – So much – for me the style of coaching was a big thing I picked up on, I’ve learnt ways to engage players properly in thinking about their game, also picked up a much better understanding of the game for myself which will definitely help me teach others.

Kerry (Front, third from right) and Stewart (Back, second from right) go back to their Universities with level 2 coaching qualifications.
Kerry (Front, third from right) and Stewart (Back, second from right) go back to their Universities with level 2 coaching qualifications.

4) what was the hardest part of the course for you?

Kerry – the coaching assessment, personally I get very nervous in any kind of assessment – but I feel like the pressure of that has given me a lot more confidence to go back and give non assessed training sessions, and I learnt a lot from it so it was more than worth it.

Stewart – Apart from been very physically demanding, I found the toughest part the preparation of the coaching assessment, every moment leading up to it I was stressed and over thinking. But once it started I felt comfortable.

5) what have you gained from the week apart from a qualification?

Stewart – Again confidence to coach, more knowledge of the sport and apparently improved my own game after winning most improved boy.

Kerry – confidence – working with so many experienced and talented people for the week has really boosted it and now I feel like I can do so much than before, also gained a tan, and a lot of new korf friends.

6) controversial, but who is a better coach out of you both?!

Kerry – haha, its difficult to compare, but with Stew’s enthusiasm and my organisation we’d make an ultimate coaching team.

Stewart – I Agree with Kerry we would make the perfect team, with her 87.5% commendation and my personality.

7) Finally, when Lancaster and Nottingham play during the season, who’s going to come out on top?

Kerry – Lancs obviously, I’ll just bring a dog whistle to distract Stewart with and then the game’s ours!

Stewart – Behave!

 

The BSKA would like to thank all volunteers who coach, referee for and administrate student clubs across the country. Without your help student korfball wouldn’t exist.

Do you have a story for us? email Joe Hubbert at studentkorfball@gmail.com to get your story up here.

British Student Korfball Association… Recruiting now!!

BSKA British Student KorfballBSKA Chair Rob talks about how the BSKA is looking for new volunteers….

We at the BSKA are looking to add to our team. Due to personal circumstances, the association’s treasurer, Niamh Sully has decided to step down after over a year of service. On behalf of the association and it’s members I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Niamh for her time and commitment. Many of you will have been in regular contact with Niamh over the last year, but she feels at this time that she will not be able to put the required time into the role.

This means we will be recruiting for a new BSKA Treasurer. Of course this recruitment process will involve voting by all member institutions, but first we need some candidates!

If you’d like to be treasurer it will help if you are:

  • Organised;
  • Good verbal and written communicator;
  • Able to present information in an effective fashion;
  • Able to assimilate and manipulate numerical information easily.

If you become treasurer you will get:

  • valuable work experience and real financial responsibility;
  • experience as part of a busy and proactive team;
  • be part of the biggest competition change in student korfball in the UK since it began!

If you want to put yourself forward for this exciting role and gain great work experience, then please email studentkorfball@gmail.com to register your interest.

In the interim the role will be managed by BSKA Secretary Lizzie Reeves, please direct any queries previously sent to Niamh to Lizzie on the above email address.

Would you be interested in taking part in the BSKA now or in the future? We want to hear from you! The treasurer role is available now, but all roles are available for election on a yearly basis at the annual BSKA AGM. If you want to volunteer your time and gain work experience we can also make use of help in the following areas:

  • Competitions
  • Internationals
  • Development
  • Finance and Sponsorship
  • Publicity
  • Governance

If any of these areas interest you, contact Rob, the BSKA Chairperson on studentkorfball@gmail.com to find out how you can help, and what experience we can give you!

BSKA Competitions Update

The overwhelming response to the league format vs extended tournament format was a consensus toward an extended tournament format.  Some main reasons cited were that tournaments would:

 

–       Increase the amount of BUCS korfball student clubs play

o   More tournaments that are officially BUCS, or qualifying for BUCS, will increase the funding some of our korfball clubs receive from their institutions.

–       Allow multiple teams from each University to compete

o   This is important for two key reasons: Firstly, the BSKA’s first aim is to get more people playing organized student korfball & secondly, we need to show outside organizations (BUCS, EKA, Sport England) just how many student korfballers there are.

–       Run alongside the leagues universities currently play in

o   Student clubs were concerned that student only leagues would lead to either a very full season (competing in two leagues) or a very short season (if a club chose to only play student korfball).

o   It is also important to consider korfball outside of universities: the BSKA believe that at the present time, non-university leagues and the wider korfballing community would be negatively impacted by the introduction of student only leagues.

–       Give a reasonable number of games for the distance teams are asked to travel

 

Universities cited the following concerns over a league format:

 

–       Too limiting on any individual team.

o   It would take a number of years to rise up or down through the league structure; the turnover of players and quality in university teams is a lot quicker that.

–       Disparity between student clubs across the country

o   Student only leagues would mean a lot more travel in some areas than others

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Therefore, the BSKA are pleased to announce that from the 2014/15 seasons student competitions will be as follows:

A three-stage tournament format consisting of Preliminaries, Regionals and Nationals.

 

STAGE 1: PRELIMINARIES

 

This is the stage at which all teams must enter the competition. A university korfball club may enter as many teams as they wish.

 

There will be eight Preliminary tournaments held around the country. Each university korfball club may only enter their specified Preliminary.

 

Scotland North Yorkshire Midlands
St Andrews Lancaster Sheffield Hallam Nottingham
Edinburgh Manchester Sheffield Uni Birmingham
Newcastle Manchester Met Leeds Keele
    Leeds Met De Montfort

 

East South Midlands South South West
Kent Anglia Ruskin Reading Exeter
UEA Cambridge Oxford Gloucester
Essex Bedford Brighton Bristol
    Southampton Cardiff

 

The top four teams from each Preliminary will progress to Stage 2: Regionals. All teams outside of the top four will progress to Stage 3: Nationals (Tier 3).

 

If any preliminary has less than four entrants, they will merge with another preliminary and the top 8 from this tournament will progress to Stage 2: Regionals.

Preliminaries will be held in either between November 2nd and December 14th.

 

Preliminaries will be hosted by one of the universities taking part. Applications to host a preliminary should be made to the BSKA committee before July 1st 2014.

 

STAGE 2: REGIONALS

 

Regionals will consist of four tournaments of eight teams.

 

North Midlands South East South West
Scotland Prelim 1 Yorkshire Prelim 1 East Prelim 1 South Prelim 1
Scotland Prelim 2 Yorkshire Prelim 2 East Prelim 2 South Prelim 2
Scotland Prelim 3 Yorkshire Prelim 3 East Prelim 3 South Prelim 3
Scotland Prelim 4 Yorkshire Prelim 4 East Prelim 4 South Prelim 4
North Prelim 1 North Mid Prelim 1 South Mid Prelim 1 South West 1
North Prelim 2 North Mid Prelim 2 South Mid Prelim 2 South West 2
North Prelim 3 North Mid Prelim 3 South Mid Prelim 3 South West 3
North Prelim 4 North Mid Prelim 4 South Mid Prelim 4 South West 4

 

Each regional tournament will each be played using the following format:

  HALL 1 HALL 2
00:09:30 Group A Group A
00:10:05 Group B Group B
00:10:40 Group A Group A
00:11:15 Group B Group B
00:11:50 Group A Group A
00:12:25 Group B Group B
00:13:00 BREAK
00:13:20 QF1 QF2
00:13:55 QF3 QF4
00:14:30 SF1 SF2
00:15:05 SF3 SF4
00:15:40 7th/8th 5th/6th
00:16:15 Final 3rd/4th
00:16:50 PRESENTATION

 

The top four teams from each regional will progress to Stage 3: Nationals (Tier 1). The bottom four from each regional will progress to Stage 3: Nationals (Tier 2).

 

Regionals will be held in January 2015 and will be hosted by one of the universities taking part. Applications to host a regional should be made to the BSKA committee before July 1st 2014.

 

 

STAGE 3: NATIONALS

 

Nationals will consist of three, two-day tournaments of 16 teams.

 

The top four first teams from each regional tournament will make up the Tier 1 tournament (BSKA Championship). The other four teams from each regional will make up the Tier 2 tournament (BSKA Trophy). All teams who entered preliminaries and did not progress to Stage 2: Regionals will make up the Tier 3 tournament (BSKA Plate).

 

BSKA Championships- 7th & 8th March 2015

BSKA Trophy- 14th & 15th March 2015

BSKA Plate- 21st & 22nd March 2015

 

The BSKA committee invites all BKA area associations to apply to host a national competition. Applications should be made to the BSKA committee before 1st August 2014. We believe that BSKA nationals provide a perfect opportunity for korfball clubs to advertise their club to future graduates and make students more aware that korfball can continue after university. We hope that area associations will recognize this important opportunity to retain more korfball players and the BSKA believes that area associations have the knowledge and expertise to assist student korfball competitions.

 

A number of different formats were considered, particularly splitting the existing universities into three regionals competitions (of 12 teams). Although one could argue that a three regional format would in the short term provide a more convenient and even split of teams, the BSKA committee has decided on four regional competitions for two reasons. Firstly, it is easier and fairer for the same number of teams to progress from each stage with four tournaments than with three.  Secondly, the BSKA committee believes that this format will allow for expansion of student korfball over the coming years. The committee has taken the view that it is better to have more, smaller preliminary tournaments, with as little distance to travel as possible, than it is to have large preliminaries that in some cases would already be at capacity.

 

The BSKA committee recognizes that a league format would work in some areas, and we hope that in the coming years leagues may still be an option. The timing of the three Stages of this format may allow for preliminary competitions to take the form of a home/away league, if that’s what the universities want. We hope that these preliminary tournaments will bring university teams that are already geographically close, closer together organizationally and provide a platform for discussion around future competitions.

Leading the way…. The BSKA catches up with Essex Blades Founder and Chairperson Helen Gilmore

 Helen Gilmore founded Essex Blades Korfball Club, a new club on the University scene who had their first taste of BUCS action at Southerns 2013. The BSKA caught up with Helen to find out about her experience setting up a new club…

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When did you first hear of korfball?

I’ve been playing korfball since I was really little. I first got into korfball because I used to go and watch my brother and sister’s matches and wanted to join in. I played for the Kent team when I was younger which was really good fun and I learnt a lot, but then my club unfortunately folded and I took a break to try other sports. I started korfball again in my second year of university when the Colchester Wildcats formed, and set up Essex Blades in my third year. I’m really glad that I came back to korfball, I didn’t realise how much I missed it.

 

Why did you set up Essex Blades Korfball?

I set up Essex Blades Korfball for a challenge in my last year. Korfball was new to the whole of Essex not just the university, and I wanted to introduce my sport to the university to get more students playing. I really wanted to go to tournaments and enter competitions again, and I was really excited about trying my hand at coaching and running a sports club. I was excited to see if I could make the club successful, but also be able to play more korfball myself with my university team.

 

How did you AU/union/others help?

My students union helped me a lot when I was setting up the club, which I was really grateful for seeing as they didn’t even know was korfball was when I first told them my idea! They gave the club funding to get us started, and bought all of our equipment so that we could train properly. They also funded me to go on a coaching course so that I could get my qualification, and have helped me throughout the year organising the club for tournaments, which would have been pretty stressful without their help.

 

How was your first experience off BUCS korfball at Southerns?

Southerns this year was pretty tricky but really good fun. These were the first ever korfball games for everybody on the team, so it was a mixture of excitement and nerves. I was really excited for the tournament, but it felt strange coaching as well as playing! Southerns was a great start for our team, and once the nerves had gone everybody really enjoyed it. We learnt a lot with every game and could put all of our training into action. There isn’t a regular league for us to join in Essex so we tried to get the most from every game. We were the newbies to the university tournament, but it was really nice to meet the other teams, especially when they cheered us on in our matches!

 

The blades have grown from a new club to have a healthy and committed membership
The blades have grown from a new club to have a healthy and committed membership

What were your goals for the club this year and did you achieve these?

My main goal when I started the club was to get as many students as possible playing korfball at Essex, and put korfball on the map at my university. It was a slow start at first but our club has grown steadily throughout the year and we have a really healthy membership now. Our training sessions have also been really popular as people wanted to try a new sport which is great. People definitely are starting to know what korfball is now at my university, and we were lucky enough to even be shortlisted for club of the year in our first year which is an amazing achievement for us. I’m really proud of how successful our club has been, we’ve had a really great first year.

 

 

Tell us about your club when it started out and your club now in comparison.

Our club has changed so much from when we first set up. Nobody knew what korfball was at my university when we started out; we got quite a few strange looks at freshers fair, but lots of people have given korfball a go and it’s turned into quite a popular sport. Everybody in the club has also improved so much throughout the year. We’ve trained hard to get us working better as a team in matches and put up a good fight against other teams. Our games are definitely less chaotic now! We have built up a strong committee team this year, and have prepared the team for next year so that we can continue to grow and make our club as successful as possible. Hopefully playing with Essex Blades this year will encourage a lot of the team members who are graduating to carry on playing once they leave university.

 

What does the future hold for Essex Blades?

Essex Blades Korfball is going to carry on growing and improving. Next year we’re going to try and get even more students playing korfball and make our club even bigger. We want to get our club more involved around the campus, and build our club to have a gold standard from our students union. We want to get to more tournaments and play more matches to help us improve as a team. We’re going to train hard and our aim is to qualify for nationals next year. We really want korfball to grow in Essex as well, so we’re going to try and spread the word of korfball outside of our university.

 

Will you carry on playing when you graduate?

Yes definitely. I’m hoping to do a masters degree so I would have one more year of university korfball left, and then I’ll carry on playing wherever I am after I graduate. I also want to get more coaching qualifications if I can. I really want to get better at korfball and I’ve got the bug back for it now so I couldn’t give it up.

 

What’s your favourite experience been with the Blades?

There’s too many to choose from! I’ve loved every match and every tournament, seeing the team improve all the time. My favourite match this year was our varsity match, because we got to show off our sport and it felt great to have some home support from other clubs. Some of the best moments this year have been off the korfball pitch with my club. Coaching the club from complete beginners to where they are now is a great feeling and is really rewarding. Having a great bunch of people at every training session and social has made this year great fun, and it’s definitely been the best challenge for my last year. I’m really proud of the club and I’m going to miss Essex Blades when I graduate.

 

The BSKA would like to thank Helen and every volunteer who has put effort in to support the growth and development of korfball at their Universities this year. We hope you all see the difference you make to both the sport and your members.

Do you have a story you’d like us to tell, or have someone in your club that deserves recognition? Let us know by emailing studentkorfball@gmail.com

UEA Korfball Club…. Hiring Now!!

As UEA Korfball Club moves into it’s 26th year, the committee have an exciting coaching opportunity on offer. Incoming Club President Joe Skeet tells us more on the club’s behalf….

After 25 years of excellent service, British Korfball legend,  Mr Phil Buttinger, is stepping down as UEA Korfball’s Club Coach. We would like to extend our thanks to Phil for all his hard work and enthusiasm over the years. Phil has seen the club grow from 1 team to a thriving club with over 100 members and 6 regular teams playing in the Norfolk Korfball League. The club prides itself on recruiting and growing new players, and Phil has been instrumental to this. The club’s committee is now seeking the right individual to take on the challenge of developing our new and growing players.

UEAKC Seek a new Club Coach to lead Wednesday Club Sessions
UEAKC Seek a new Club Coach to lead Wednesday Club Sessions

We are looking to employ a PAID coach for the next season- Sep 2014- June 2015.

The basic requirements we expect from potential applicants are:

1) Level 2 Korfball qualification

2) Previous Korfball coaching experience

3) To be available Wednesday evenings 5-7pm during term time (12 weeks during Sep-Dec and 12 weeks during Jan-Apr)

4) To prepare and deliver creative, well-designed sessions for a range of differing abilities.

If you would like to register your interest in the position, or would like to discuss, in further detail, what the role involves, please email: ueakorfball@gmail.com With the following details:

1) Contact Information (email and phone number)

2) Relevant qualification

3) Previous coaching experience

THE CLOSING DATE FOR REGISTERING INTEREST IS SAT 31ST MAY

 

Do you have an opportunity that you want the korfball community to know about? Get in touch with the BSKA’s Media and PR officer, Joe Hubbert on studentkorfball@gmail.com

 

Preview: BUCS National Championships 2014

The BSKA and UEAKC are ramping up preparations for this year’s BUCS National Championships, returning to the UEA Sportspark on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of March 2014. Last year’s event was noted for its high level of organisation, quality and great facilities, creating a spectacle to market the sport at the student level.  to check out the final of the 2013 Championships, click here

National Championships returns to UEA Norwich this season on the 8th and 9th of March 2014
National Championships return to UEA Norwich this season on the 8th and 9th of March 2014

So the big question is- what is in store this year? Firstly the exit of a number of senior international players from the student game has seen competition take on a much more balanced look, so who takes home gold is anyone’s guess, which is a great situation for student korfball. Despite this there have been superb individual performances so far this season from a number of players, including the returning Alex Bell of Southampton University, newcomer and younger brother Ollie Bell driving Cambridge University up the rankings and Lizzie McCloud of Nottingham University in the absence of the outgoing Joe Bedford and Ben King.

All time most successful club, Sheffield University failed to qualify for National Championships this March
All time most successful club, Sheffield University failed to qualify for National Championships this March

We have also seen that qualifiers were exactly that, with surprise omissions occurring as Sheffield University failed to qualify for Nationals, despite being the most successful team in the history of the event, with five BUCS Gold Medal finishes. Regular attendees Reading also failed to qualify from the Southern Competition. This undoubtedly pushes the competitive level of the event further and further.

The BSKA has this year agreed with the England Korfball Referees Committee to include a number high level referees from outside of the home area to complement the local refereeing contingent. This will mean that the highest playing standards will be set for players by the event itself, in addition to the inherent competition between Universities. In addition, the media presence at the event is hoped to be ever bigger, as one of the great things about bringing people together is the amount of publicity the BSKA can try and bring to the sport during and after the event.

Pools will be drawn for the event in mid-February, with the event taking the format of four team pools, followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals, and placing games for all teams to assign rankings 1-16, with the top 8 placed teams securing BUCS points for their University. The top prize is 50 BUCS points. Following Regional Qualifiers, the teams that are entered for the National Championships event are:

North:

Seeded

UEA (1), Nottingham (2), Sheffield Hallam (3), Edinburgh (4)

Unseeded

Lancaster, Leeds, Manchester, St Andrews 

South:

Seeded

Birmingham (1), Southampton (2), Cambridge (3), Cardiff (4)

Unseeded

Kent, Bristol, Exeter, Oxford

 

The teams that did not qualify for BUCS National Championships are:

Sheffield, Keele, Leeds Met, Reading, Essex, Gloucester.

These teams will be fighting the top 2nd and 3rd teams in the country for the Club Championships victory in Cardiff the following weekend, on the 15th March.

The BSKA would like to again extend its thanks to the Korfstore for sponsorship of National Championships 2013, supplying match balls for the event and a pair of Asics Crossovers for the event raffle.

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As always the BSKA is happy to receive offers to discuss sponsorship, from clubs, associations and companies. Please email studentkorfball@gmail.com for more information or to speak to a member of the executive.

 

Important Changes made to Regional Qualifiers 2013 Format

Following feedback from the club committees at Leeds University, Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University, the BSKA will be changing the format of the second stage of BUCS Regional Qualifiers for next weekend. The tournament format will now be as follows:

1) Round Robin format in pools (as picked previously) which follows exactly the format as previously given:

The pools for Southern regional qualifiers to take place on 23/11/13 in Birmingham are:

South A: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Essex, Oxford, Reading

South B: Cambridge, Exeter, Gloucestershire, Kent, Southampton

The pools for Northern regional qualifiers to take place on 23/11/13 in Leeds are:

North A: Edinburgh, Keele, Lancaster, Leeds Metropolitan, Manchester, Nottingham

North B: Leeds, Sheffield Hallam, Sheffield University, St Andrews, UEA

2) Following the pools, the teams ranked 1,2 and 3 in each pool will form a top pool of 6 to play for positions 1-6 including all seeded positions.

Teams ranked 4, 5 and 6 (Pool A) and 4 and 5 (Pool B) will form a pool of five playing for positions 7-11.

Results between teams in the top and bottom pools will be carried forwards to the afternoon, ie A1’s results against A2 and A3 will count towards the afternoon pool table and so on. This changes the format away from straight play off games in the afternoon.

 

The BSKA would like to thank it’s members for their constructive feedback, in providing a reasonable alternative to the proposed format and are pleased that the issue was dealt with in a positive manner and urge all clubs to be fully aware that the BSKA is a democratic membership organisation and takes input, suggestions and comments very seriously indeed.

The BSKA looks forward to two well organised and enjoyable tournaments, and thanks the hosts (University of Birmingham and Leeds University) for their efforts in hosting the events.

For more information please email studentkorfball@gmail.com

Pools for Northern and Southern Regional BUCS qualifiers drawn

Pools for regional competitions were drawn tonight at training with Norwich Knights Korfball Club. Each competition has 11 entered teams and therefore has been split randomly into one pool of 6 teams and one pool of 5 teams. The draw was conducted at random and witnessed by a number of external verifiers. Rob Bloomer (Chairman) and Charlie Vogwill (Development Officer) oversaw proceedings.

Teams will play each other team in their pool. In each event the placing games will then take the following format:

A1, A2 and B1 play for 1st, 2nd and 3rd (all qualify and are seeded 1st, 2nd and 3rd)

A3 and B2 play for 4th and 5th (both qualify, winner is seeded 4th)

A4 and B3 play for 6th and 7th (both qualify)

A5 and B4 play for 8th and 9th (winner qualifies)

A6 and B5 play for 10th and 11th (neither qualifies)

All teams that do not qualify for entry to National Championships are invited to attend Club Championships which will also be a BUCS event this year.

 

The pools for Southern regional qualifiers to take place on 23/11/13 in Birmingham are:

South A: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Essex, Oxford, Reading

South B: Cambridge, Exeter, Gloucestershire, Kent, Southampton

The pools for Southern regional qualifiers were drawn at random by Rachel Cocker, Norfolk Korfball Association Child Protection Officer.

The pools for Northern regional qualifiers to take place on 23/11/13 in Leeds are:

North A: Edinburgh, Keele, Lancaster, Leeds Metropolitan, Manchester, Nottingham

North B: Leeds, Sheffield Hallam, Sheffield University, St Andrews, UEA

The pools for Northern regional qualifiers were drawn at random by Ross Lenton, Norwich Knights Chairman and Scotland Korfball International.

The draws were witnessed by:

Joe Stirling, Norwich Knights 1st team coach

Paul Debenham and Milly Cocker, England Korfball Youth Programme

 

 

For more information please email studentkorfball@gmail.com

FISU and the IKF look set to give British Students a world stage

Following a recent announcement, the IKF and FISU (The International University Sports Federation) look set to trial a university level korfball world cup in 2015, prior to possible inclusion with full FISU championships in 2018 and beyond. FISU World University Championships have been going since 1963  and in 2012, 27 separate championships were held in 17 countries, spread across four continents of the world.With this in mind, the BSKA’s international programme has distinct targets to work towards for the first time in a number of years.

Student Korfball is particularly strong in Great Britain and any squad going to championships would be targeting a medal position when compared to other country’s systems. Chinese Taipei would also seem to be a strong contender for a high finish. The next steps for GB student korfball will be to appoint for the longer term, a dedicated team to plan and prepare a GB Student Korfball team. This will be looking at 2015 as the first major goal. Before this, in summer 2014 the GB squad is intended to be touring overseas, so there is still loads to get involved in over the next year. This suggests the future for representative student korfball in the UK is very strong indeed. Adding to the strong initial pool of players, a wealth of talent that will be coming into the system, in particular from the England Youth squads as school and college leavers go onto higher education, and we begin to build a picture of strong, determined and skillful squads representing GB at major international events.

 

To find out more about FISU World University Championships click here

To read the IKF announcement regarding international student korfball click here