The proposal to organize courses for referees and coaches was mooted by the President of Thailand Korfball Association. For referees and coaches, the IKF level 1 course began on 3 February till 5 February. The aim was enhancing their level and korfball skills.
The event took place at Sports Center of Srinakharinwirot University (SWU).
This event is organized under the close cooperation among IKF Asia, Thailand Korfball Association (TKA), SWU and National Taipei University of Education (NTUE) (Taiwan).
Prof. Inglish YC Huang, IKF Asia President conducted the coach course while Ms. Bird FY Hsieh, IKF Instructor conducted the referee course.
The grand event could be successfully organized with the grant support from Taiwan Sports Administration (Sports Ministry) based on the New Southbound Policy. Prof. Inglish Huang and Ms. Bird Hsieh were able to take 18 elite korfball players of NTUE as teaching assistants to efficiently and effectively enhance participants learning quality.
Apart from the education courses, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Prof. Supranee Kwanboonchan the TKA President and Prof. Inglish Huang, President of IKF Asia, which was witnessed by the participants, sponsors, and media in the morning on 3 February. The objective of this MOU is to state the partnership between TKA and the IKF Asia toward korfball as a sport for all and as an elite sport in Thailand.
Furthermore, the mixed training with the players of NTUE and the players of Thailand U19, U16, and open national squads were done in the evening 4 February.
With the great initiative invitation of Prof. Tuk (well-known nickname of S. Kwanboonchans), these parallel coach and referee courses consisted of 44 and 30 participants respectively from Cambodia, Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei and Thailand. This is a record-breaking number of participating countries in an IKF level 1 coach and referee course.
Prof. Tuk, an optimal role model for a leader, who is also the current President of ASEAN Council of Physical Education and Sport. IKF Asia will maintain its close cooperation with Prof. Tuk for spreading korfball not only in Thailand but further in the ASEAN countries by means of her tremendous influential strength.
A feasibly crucial goal is to deliver korfball into the competition programs of 2023 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Cambodia.