Sixth Form Sports Leaders from Highfields School in Matlock have just gained an unusual coaching qualification in Korfball.
Jayne Allen, Rural Derbyshire’s School Sports Coordinator for Highfields School in Matlock is really proud that twenty-one of her students have just gained their NGB (National Governing Body) Level 1 Award for coaching the sport which requires all-round ball-handling skills, great fitness, controlled physical contact and cooperative play.
Jayne says: “The reason we wanted to do this NGB award was that my 21 Sixth Form Sports Leaders will be off to university in the next couple of years and korfball is a fast growing uni sport that both sexes can play together so it’s truly inclusive. Once they are trained we also want to set up a Korfball club in school adding another new sport to what’s on offer in school to increase participation in sport helping our students keep fit and lead a healthy lifestyle.”
Abbie Akehurst, a year 13 Platinum Level Sports Ambassador from Highfields said: “It was really good to learn about a different sport. It was interesting to see the similarities and also the differences between the games we normally play and korfball. I really enjoyed the sessions and am looking forward to playing the game and coaching others.”
Rural Derbyshire School Sports Partnership Manager, Janice Price, admits that like many she didn’t really know what Korfball was before her students learnt to coach the sport. “I think the Olympics and Paralympics opened people’s minds about loads of new and different sports. Though Korfball’s not an Olympic Sport, handball was featured and that’s really taken of so it’s only natural that schools and young people are keen to find out more and try them out. Ultimately, the aim of the School Sport Partnership is to get more children playing more competitive sports. Who knows, if it takes off, it could be a new addition to our School Games programme!”
Did you know?
- Korfball is the only truly mixed team sport in the world played by teams of four male and four female players.
- You score by shooting a ball into a 3.5m high basket on a pole a third of the way between the centre line and each end of a 20 x 40m court.
- It’s played all over the world but is most popular in the country it was invented in – Holland which is where it gets its name as ‘korf’ is Dutch for basket.
- There are 1,900 active players and 78 clubs in England and it’s played at 15 universities.
- Find out more from the International Korfball Federation and find your nearest team at England Korball