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IKF Council accepts Suriname as Associate Member

The Council of the International Korfball Federation has today accepted Suriname as (Associate) Member of the International Korfball Federation. This implies the team of Suriname can participate tomorrow officially in the IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship, due to start in The Hague.

A few final administrative matters still need to be resolved, but the Federation meets the criteria for admission based on the files submitted.

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Photo credit: Surinaamse Korfbal Federatie

The application of Suriname is noteworthy. Korfball was played for many decades in Suriname during the time it was a Dutch colony, but after independence in 1975, formal korfball structures gradually disappeared in the Caribbean country in South America, and Suriname was expelled as member of the International Korfball Federation some years ago. However, korfball continued to be played in school without a formal federation taking care.

Following a recent initiative by former Dutch international player Gerald van Dijk. A group of players with Surinamese roots in the Netherlands revived the Federation, and formally established the Surinaamse Korfbal Federatie. The SKF plans to actively work on the development of korfball in Suriname, along with strong international competitive ambitions, as they intend to participate in next year’s IKF Panamerican Korfball Championship in Cali (Colombia) which serves as a qualification event for the 2019 IKF World Korfball Championship.

Continental Championships 2018: Africa and the Americas

The year 2018 is the year of the IKF Continental Korfball Championships. Spread over the year all continents will celebrate their championship. An important year for all countries, because apart from ‘just’ competing for the continental title, the continental events are being used as qualification events for the IKF World Korfball Championship (IKF WKC) July/August 2019 in Durban, South Africa.

The first Continental Championship of the year is the IKF Pan-American Korfball Championship (IKF PAKC). This championship will be celebrated in Cali, Colombia. From Friday 2 March until Sunday 4 March the Colombian Korfball Federation is in charge of the organisation of the second edition of the IKF PAKC. With at least five countries participating, the first two teams of the event will automatically qualify for the IKF WKC.

The second Continental Championship of the year is the All Africa Korfball Championship (IKF AAKC). This championship will be celebrated in the city of Chitungwiza – Harare, Zimbabwe. From Friday 27 April until Sunday 29 April the Zimbabwe Korfball Federation is in charge of the organisation of the fourth edition of the IKF AAKC. With two secured places for Africa on the IKF WKC and South Africa being the host of the IKF WKC, only the best African team qualifies for the IKF WKC. In the case of South Africa winning the championship, also the number two of the African Continent will qualify.

The announcement of the other two IKF Continental Championships in 2018; IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship and the IKF European Korfball Championship will follow in a later stadium. Both events will be organised later in the year.

Copa Internacional de Korfball maintains momentum for Dominican Republic

National teams from Costa Rica, Colombia and The Netherlands will compete with the host in the Copa Internacional de Korfball in the Dominican Republic from 16 to 19 June.

Jointly organised by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Sports and national korfball body Asokodina, the event will take place in the Olimpic Center in Santo Domingo. As the Dominican Republic U23 team looks ahead to the IKF U23 WKC, this tournament will form a crucial part of its preparation programme.

Leading up to the tournament, The Netherlands team will assist in the host’s training, participating in various clinics and promotional activities. Asokodina’s promotion plan within schools is progressing positively, with generous support from the sports ministry, as evidenced by excellent results achieved in recent international korfball events, including the IKF U23 PAKC 2015, where the Dominican Republic won first place U19 KWC 2016, where they finished fourth. Asokodina is well on the way to achieving its local objective of presenting korfball to the country’s young people as a fresh opportunity to participate in sport, and aspire to international competition.

More info: www.facebook.com/Asokodina

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Distrito Nacional is first National Champion in Dominican Republic

Distrito Nacional won the first national korfball championship of the Dominican Republic held from September 4-6 2015 in the nation’s Olympic center.To win the title, Distrito Nacional beat in the final Puerto Plate by 23-19 Puerto Plata; the third place went to Provincia Duarte, who won 26-18 over Hato Mayor.At the event, organized by the sports ministry, also participated teams from Peravia province and the Institute of Teacher Education Salomé Ureña (ISFODOSU).

The sports minister Jaime David Fernandez Mirabal said that he intends to continue promoting the sport in all corners of the country. “Korfball is a sport that promotes inclusion and gender equality and we will support as we have done with sports like rugby, handball, hockey and others, fulfilling our primary function in promotion and development”.

Together with the national championship, the first high school championship was held in the same venue.

IKF Level III “Youth Coach Camp” join International Week Dordrecht 2015

Some exciting events are underway this week from 16 to 22 August in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. First of all, IKF in liaison with KNKV run the IKF Level III “Youth Coach Camp”. An international group of 22 coaches perform under guidance of current coach of Dutch korfball champion PKC, Mr. Ben Crum. He is appointed as a program manager for this course. Mr. Crum lead a group of prestigious coaches invited to guide the participants in the “Youth coach camp” and learn all about coaching drills at youth level. Amongst this group of tutors, coach of Dutch national team Mr. Wim Scholtmeijer, Mr .Jan Sjouke van den Bos, head of coaches for the KNKV and Mr Detlef Elewaut, coach of Belgium national team, conduct some of the sessions.

During the week several training sessions take place at different Dordrecht clubs featuring local korfballers from 11 to 16 years coming from the clubs: DeetosSnel, Sporting Delta, Movado, Oranje Wit, KC Dordrecht together with some players from KC Barcelona. The training sessions will be useful as a practice for the 22 coaches from 15 different countries representing all five continents. They participate this week in order to obtain the IKF level III diploma for international coaches:

Coach Country M/F
1 Javi Navarro Catalonia M
2 Nigel Cooper Scotland M
3 David Konecny Czech Republic M
4 Bandor Nagy Hungary M
5 Kevin De Waele Belgium M
6 Joe Stirling England M
7 Liandri Theyse South Africa F
8 Danie Smith South AFrica M
9 Pardeep Dahiya India M
10 Alice Chinese Taipei F
11 Bird Chinese Taipei F
12 Karen Fuchs Germany F
13 Keisuke Mashiba Japan M
14 Anna Schutze Germany F
15 Daniel Rivillini Brazil M
16 Maria J. Capparelli Argentina F
17 Sebastian J. Iula Argentina M
18 Diego Rodrigo Argentina M
19 Luciana Bortoletto Brazil F
20 Rosa Cooper New Zealand F
guest Chattha Imtiaz Ahmad Pakistan M
guest Hashmi Shamsa Pakistan F

For some years, IKF and KNKV work closely together in order to involve all korfball nations pursuing to raise their level of play.

For that purpose we provide coaches with a complete program for coaching youth teams. This should be planned and executed with accuracy; furthermore the IKF Level III “Youth Coach Camp” is an opportunity to enjoy a unique experience, sharing one week with coaches from all around the world in the excellent environment of one of the greatest korfball cities in the world and hosted by well-known club DeetosSnel. The clubs from Dordrecht opens its doors to an international program for coach education and provide the best facilities to perform during this week.

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Dominican Republic U23 American Korfball Champion

The first IKF U23 Pan American Korfball Champion is the Dominican Republic. They beat in the final in Cali, Colombia the home team of Colombia by 18 – 14 and deserve the gold medal.

The Dominican Republic team qualifies for the IKF U23World Korfball Championship (IKF U23 WKC) in Olomouc, Czech Republic from 9 – 16 July 2016. This will be the first participation from the Dominican Republic in the IKF U23 WKC.

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Development plan re-starts korfball in Dominican Republic

The office of the Vice-President and the Sports Ministry of Dominican Republic together develop a new campaign to re-start korfball in Dominican Republic. This plan tries to bring korfball into the regular education of a number of sports students in the Instituto Superior de Formación Docente Salomé Ureña (ISFODOSU) located in the two main cities in the country: Santo Domingo, the capital, and Santiago de los Caballeros. Later the program launches the practice of korfball in schools in both cities through the support of the sport teachers as guides and trainers for the teams.

This plan supports the re-start of korfball in the country some years after its introduction. The program is conducted by IKF Director of Development and Education, Mr Albert Vidanya, and IKF instructor, Mr Dani Ezpeleta. The program started 16 March 2015 in Santiago de los Caballeros after some words from Mr Jaime David Fernández  Mirabal, Sports Minister, Mr Franco Ventura,  vice rector of ISFODOSU, and Mrs Anniete Cohn-Lois, responsible for Gender in the Vice-President Office.

Activities will run two weeks, and will finish with the final happening programmed for the Friday 27 March with the two groups of ISFODOSU from Santiago de los Caballeros and Santo Domingo. They play and exhibition the game of korfball in the sports center of the capital, with the presence of several schools, the authorities and responsible of the project.

20th U19 Korfball World Cup

From Friday 3 April till Sunday 5 April 2015 the 20th U19 Korfball World Cup is played in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Thirteen teams will be in competition in 2015. The participants travel to the Netherlands from 4 of the 5 IKF Continental Confederations.

The venues are sport centre Kalverdijkje and the Cammingha sports hall (close to each other). The U19 KWC is patronised by the International Korfball Federation (IKF); the KNKV is the organiser.

In 2015 New Zealand participates for the first time in this youth event.

The opening ceremony is scheduled Thursday 2 April in sport centre Kalverdijkje in Leeuwarden..

The U19 KWC started in 1996. Over the years the event is grown and is a fixed event in the international korfball calendar now.

The pools for the jubilee 20th U19 KWC are:

Pool A: Netherlands, England, Chinese Taipei, Catalonia, Romania, New Zealand and Brazil

Pool B: Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, China and RTC U19 North*.

* The regional U19 team (RTC) is playing out of competition.

The draw is based on the IKF Ranking.

Coach education for Costa Rica pioneers

In late September IKF instructor Jorge Alves was in Costa Rica where he worked with the budding korfball community to progress the skills of a group of local coaches who will lead development in the IKF’s newest member country.

Nineteen people participated at the IKF Level II “Formation Coach” course, for a total of 35 hours, with 12 of the coaches taking part in the IKF’s on-line coach development programme.

Teaching 19 new coaches is another step forward for the Costa Rica Korfball Association (“Asociación de Korfball y Deportes Asociados”). Subsequently, on 1 November, the IKF Council approved Costa Rica’s membership application, subject to final ratification by the IKF General Meeting scheduled for November 2015 in Belgium, which should officially make Costa Rica the 63rd IKF member.

Costa Rica’s newly qualified coaches have already started to introduce korfball into primary and secondary schools, with the aim of setting up a competition in the cities of Cartago and San José.