Youth Korfball (inc. Summer Tournament)

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Youth Korfball (inc. Summer Tournament)

Postby Nigel Cooper » Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:53 pm

As many of you will know, youth korfball has been tried many times before on Scottish soil. But this year, the SKA is keen to do something "big" to give it a bit more of a push. We are still very much at the planning stages at the moment, but good ground is being made in both Edinburgh and Dundee. The current state-of-affairs is that we are all planning to work together to pull off "our" equivalent of the EKA's National Youth Day. The event will tie in nicely with the IKF's plans for 2013 to be the "Year of the Youth"... and interesting choice of words there! Will Ellis is coordinating the UK's efforts towards that programme.

The SKA's plans will be somewhat more restricted than other nations, but we think that it is perfectly feasible to run our own, whole-day Youth Tournament this year. The most likely date for this will be Saturday, June 15th, but the venue has not been selected yet. The event will be targetted mainly at primary-schools, with most of the competitors likely to be from the P6/P7 age range (10-12 years old on the day). But we are open to other suggestions - anyone who'd like to get involved (in any way) will be more than welcomed, and should get in touch with either Will Ellis (youth at scotlandkorfball dot co dot uk) or myself (development at scotlandkorfball dot co dot uk) in the first instance. It would be especially nice to hear from people outside of Dundee and Edinburgh, as the intention really is to develop youth korfball on a national scale.
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Re: Youth Korfball (inc. Summer Tournament)

Postby Nigel Cooper » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:28 am

Just a little note to tidy up / round off this "event". Following quite a bit of interest, and quite a bit of activity from all three Scotkorf cities (Ed, Glas, Dundee), we ended up hosting the event on June 15th in Dundee. The event was smaller than originally anticipated, but a success nonetheless: for a fuller report see http://www.scotlandkorfball.co.uk/wordp ... champions/
The best news that I can summarize here is that over 400 extra people (OK, children) in Scotland have now been exposed to korfball, and the vast majority of them think that it's great fun (which, of course, it is!)

So what shall we do next year? We seem to have enough interest to get something going in lots of places: Saints, Dundee, Falkirk and Glasgow have all run tasters in primary schools this year, and Edinburgh have done two lots of kids at Broughton High. There is a feeling up in Dundee that the Summer term is not ideal for getting kids to participate in inter- or ou-of-school events, so maybe we should try to coordinate something in the Autumn / Winter. My own feeling is that we should (still) focus on the primary (P6/7) level, even though getting such kids to and from distant events is a nightmare. But what about others - what are your views, and how much work are you willing to put in to "developments" such as this?
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