Cardiff University’s James Wilcox gives an overview of the growth of Korfball in Wales…
Student korfball in Cardiff is currently very healthy with the founding of a second university club. Cardiff Metropolitan University held their first session mid-September and are eagerly preparing for the start of their debut season in the Welsh Korfball League. The club was founded by a member of the Welsh Korfball Squad who recently began studying at the University. With assistance from the Welsh Korfball Association and the Cardiff Metropolitan University Athletic Union the Club hopes to enter the Southern Region qualifying event in November which qualifies universities for the BUCS Nationals. Cardiff Met are entered into the Welsh Korfball League and will be playing competitive matches all year. Welsh Korfball hope that this year will set a solid foundation on which the club can build in the future.
The Welsh Korfball Squad has spent the last few months preparing for the European Bowl Eastern Region tournament in the Netherlands, due to take place on the 18th and 19th of October. This is a qualification event for the IKF European Korfball Championship 2014. Wales are in a group with France and Romania whilst the other group contains Ireland, Turkey and Greece. The top two countries in each group will progress to a semi-final format and eventual final. The top three will qualify for the European Championship. Wales will be looking to continue their unbeaten record at the European Bowl having never lost whilst competing in the European Bowl Western Region. In the build up to the tournament Wales have played friendly matches against National League sides Birmingham City & Bearsted. Head Coach Leon Simons had this to say when asked about the squad:
“The squad works hard at training with good results. Everyone enjoys the sessions and has fun which is important. We focus on our tactical plans for attack and defence with lots practice. It is very nice to work with all the players!”