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.
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