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Bonson (France) host city Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2019

The IKF is happy to announce that the next edition of the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2019 will be hosted in Bonson, France.

The event will take place in the weekend of 6 and 7 July 2019 and subscription is open for all countries around the world. Just like the last years the event will consist of a Senior and U19 category. The best ranked European team in both categories will become European Beach Korfball Champion 2019.

Decisive in granting the organisation of the event to the Fédération Korfbal France (FKF) is the fact that the FKF is getting full support of the municipality of Bonson. From the beginning of the bidding process the municipality showed great ambition and willingness to host the event within its borders. Bonson is located in the heart of the Loire department in the beautiful Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region close to Saint-Etienne. With the presence of the oldest korfball club in France, FJEP Bonson (founded in 1983) it is clear that the city already knows the power of korfball.

With the introduction of the Beach Korfball World Cups last year, the IKF invests in the global development of beach korfball. Every continent now has the opportunity to organise a World Cup. It is more than likely that in 2019 another Beach Korfball World Cup will take place in the continent of Asia. Confirmation of this event is expected before the end of the year.

 

Krisztina Kövessyné Pogány (HUN) awarded the IKF Pin of Merit

Just before the start of the medal ceremony of the IKF U21 World Korfball Championship in Budapest, Krisztina Kövessyné Pogány (HUN) was awarded with the IKF Pin of Merit.

Over the last decade the Hungarian Korfball Association has organised multiple successful IKF events, including: (U21) EKC Final Round, EKC First Round and Club events. Ms Kövessyné Pogány has had a leading role in most of these events and always has been able to combine outstanding organisational skills with a warm and emphatic communication style, doing the utmost to make the participating countries and involved officials happy.

On behalf of the IKF Council, Tilbert La Haye (IKF CEO) presented her the well deserved IKF distinction.

IKF appoints Geke Maat as IKF administrative and project officer

The International Korfball Federation is pleased to announce the appointment of Geke Maat (23) as IKF administrative and project officer. She will support the operational organisation of the IKF Office in Zeist, The Netherlands.

Her tasks will be multiple, including administrative tasks, IKF Office communication and coordinating the IKF tournaments organisation. Furthermore, she will think along how to increase the support of the IKF to our member countries.

Geke just graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Governance (political sciences). Her thesis focused on the influence of sport on the social integration of refugee living in refugee shelters in The Netherlands. One year earlier, she obtained a bachelor in Anthropology, also at the University of Amsterdam.

Geke Maat: “I am very excited about working at the IKF and the prospect of contributing to the organisation’s goals. I am particularly interested in broadening the popularity and professionalism of korfball in the current member states, as well as in future member states. Sport has always been one of my key interests, both in my education and my personal life. Therefore, I am grateful that I can pursue this interest in my career outside university. I have been playing korfball myself since I was four years old, so I know the sport thoroughly.”

The IKF is very happy to have Geke on board and wishes her all the best within the organisation!

Amendment IKF U21 World Korfball Championship tournament schedule

The IKF regrets to announce the amendment of the IKF U21 WKC tournament schedule, due to the late and unexpected withdrawal of the U21 Dominican Republic squad.

The National Korfball Federation of Dominican Republic (FEKORD) just informed the IKF that, despite of earlier affirmation of their national government, the necessary funding is missing to make the trip to Europe and participate in the IKF U21 WKC in Budapest, Hungary. A sad and unfortunate decision for the talented Dominican team and of course the other participating countries.

There will be no replacement of the Dominican Republic team. With just over a month to go until the start of the event it is not possible to find a (competitive) replacement. This means that the tournament will be played with 11 instead of 12 participants.

Please find underneath the final tournament composition. The exact tournament match schedule you can find at the event information. The IKF is confident that with the confirmed countries a successful U21 WKC event will take place.

 

POOL A POOL B
1 NED Netherlands TPE Chinese Taipei
2 BEL Belgium GER Germany
3 ENG England CHN China
4 CZE Czech Republic POR Portugal
5 HKG Hong Kong China HUN Hungary
6 Withdrawal DOM Dominican Republic TUR Turkey

 

Job opening: IKF administrative and project officer

Job opening: IKF administrative and project officer (0.63 fte)

The International Korfball Federation (IKF) is now looking for an all-round administrative and project officer to support the operational organisation of the IKF Office in Zeist, The Netherlands. The successful person should be versatile and passionate about working in sports and in an international environment.

The IKF encourages anyone interested and capable to apply. If you know someone in your network that would fit the job description, then please don’t hesitate to refer the position to them.

About the IKF

The International Korfball Federation has been the governing body for korfball in the world since 1933. Korfball is the only mixed gender team sport in the world. Korfball started over 110 years ago in the Netherlands. Korfball is played on all five continents and there are about 70 IKF member countries. Further controlled growth is expected in the years to come.

The IKF is recognised by the International Olympic Committee and is a member of ARISF, IWGA and GAISF. Our anti-doping rules comply with the World Anti-Doping Code.

The IKF is largely a volunteer organisation supported by a small administrative staff. The office in Zeist is the centre of daily activities to support Competitions, Refereeing, Development and Education, Marketing and IT, Anti-Doping, Planning and Control, Administration, and Public Relations.

The IKF is led by a nine-member Council that is elected by the General Meeting of National Associations. Many volunteers work on committees and events to realise elite competitions, courses and development activities, and promote healthy and fair sport.

Requirements

Knowledge of the English language (minimum upper intermediate level) and at least one other language (preferably Dutch and/or Spanish) is a must. Sports must be a demonstrable and substantial part of your education (MBO or HBO) and working experience.

You are a self-starter, proactive and able to work efficiently to deadlines and push projects to completion even when you depend on others. You will be able to identify important facts from details. You will be sensitive, discrete and trustworthy. To perform your work effectively, you need to be flexible, curious and keen to learn. It is important to adapt your way of working for different people and different cultural circumstances.

The role is not limited to standard working hours and out of office hours working is required. In general, you will be expected to be present at the IKF Office (Zeist, The Netherlands) twice a week. You have excellent Microsoft Office 365 skills and should be used to work with social media.

Key responsibilities

IKF Office:

You will be responsible for the IKF secretary and administration tasks, for example:

  • General email and hard copy post management
  • Acting secretary of the overall IKF organisation, including secretarial support of the IKF CEO and IKF Committees
  • Managing the IKF document folders, including arranging and saving files
  • Keeping Office inventory, contact details of IKF Committees and IKF Member Associations up to date
  • Preparing and sending out standard letters, certificates, booklets, etc.

IKF Competitions:

You will manage the overall coordination of the IKF Competition Calendar, including;

  • Preparing and sending out invitation letters for IKF tournaments
  • Managing registration processes
  • IKF tournament planning deadlines

Social Media and Communication:

You will have access to the IKF website (www.ikf.org) and will be expected to;

  • Keep documents and general information up to date
  • Preparing news items for upcoming events and other announcements
  • Develop best practice for providing information to the IKF National Federations

Projects:

You will be involved in internal and external (development projects), including tasks like;

  • Event coordination
  • Establishing contact with partners
  • Follow up actions regarding Development and Education projects

Contract and salary

The IKF offers a one-year contract of 24 hours (= 0.63 fte) per week. There is possibility to extend the contract.

The salary is in accordance with the Dutch collective labour agreement in the sport industry (CAO Sport), classified at scale 6. The corresponding monthly salary has a minimum of €2134, – mounting to a maximum of €2993, -, for a full-time appointment. The final salary will depend on qualification and experience.

Application:

You should send your application, including CV and reasons for applying by email. Your application must be written in English and should be directed to the IKF CEO, Tilbert La Haye (Tilbert.la.haye@ikf.org) no later than 30th April 2018. For more information you can contact Tilbert La Haye: +31-614033775 or Tilbert.la.haye@ikf.org.

Belgium (Blankenberge) host of the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2018

The IKF is happy to announce that the Royal Belgian Korfball Federation (KBKB) will host the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2018. The event will take place on the weekend of the 11th and 12th August 2018 and will be held in Blankenberge, Belgium. The best ranked European team will become European Beach Korfball Champion 2018.

With the introduction of World Cups, the IKF invests in the global development of beach korfball. Every continental organisation has the opportunity to organise a World Cup in 2018 and every country from all over the world is able to participate in each of the events. This can lead to at most 5 World Cups:

  • IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe)
  • IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Asia)
  • IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Oceania)
  • IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Africa)
  • IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Americas)

The bid of Belgium to organise the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2018 surpassed the competitive bid of the Turkish Korfball Federation (TDSF). Decisive in this process was the overall picture by the KBKB, presenting the event in a wider “Korfball Experience” approach to promote (beach) korfball in Flanders. This includes a side event for youth teams and recreational teams during the Championship weekend and a tournament for schools at the end of June. In Blankenberge, there is two kilometres of beach available, so having enough playing space for all beach korfball activities is not an issue!

Next summer it will be 15 years since two small clubs outside Antwerp started playing beach korfball. Since then beach korfball has grown significantly. In 2010, the Belgian Federation started a taskforce to organise a beach korfball tour across Flanders, which has been converted into an official committee within the Federation. To date, the highlight is the year of 2015 with more than 1200 participants in the korfball tour. This has left no doubt that the 2018 event will create a special 15th anniversary!

IKF Ranking 2017 updated (from 1 November 2017)

Only one change in the top 20 of the new IKF ranking is seen after the last official IKF Championships. Only Hungary and Turkey have swapped position on the ranking. Suriname and Kenya enter the list.

* Points for the ranking are mainly earned through participation in IKF events with a weighting for each event given according the importance of the event. Countries who take part in qualifications for a final round are awarded points for that event also, being ranked for example, 17th, 18thetc. Points earned are weighted less each year until the next edition of the event. The previous edition of the event drops out of the calculations. With the change in some continental championships to a bi-annual rather than a four yearly cycles weighting reductions are revised to reflect this.

IKF Ranking 2017 as of 1 November 2017; CLICK HERE

IKF Europa Cup First Round 2018 [Updated]

The weekend of 23 and 24 September is the kick-off weekend for the IKF Europa Cup 2018; the Korfball Champions League for European club teams. In the city of Prievidza (Slovakia) eight national champions will compete in the Europa Cup First Round. The two best teams of this event will automatically qualify for the Europa Cup Final Round in Platja d’Aro (Catalonia) from 11-13 January 2018. They will join the six teams that already secured their spot during last year Europa Cup edition.

[UPDATE 1: You can watch again all the games on facebook.com/events/895836157237833 and facebook.com/SKK-Dolphins-Prievidza-161845083887617/ And as usual, all the statitistics, play-by-play and top scorers on www.worldkorfball.org/competitions/ikf-europa-korfball-cup-first-round-ikf-ecup-r1-101]

[UPDATE 2: See below all last results]

Pool A Pool B
A1 SG Pegasus Rommerscheid 1991 e. V. (GER) B1 Kocaeli Universiteit Sport Club (TUR)
A2 Association Korfbal Firminy (FRA) B2 1908 SZAC Budapest (HUN)
A3 AZS Balluff Wrocław (POL) B3 Edinburgh Mavericks (SCO)
A4 SKK Dolphins Prievidza (SVK) B4 Cardiff City & Met Korfball Club (WAL)

The match schedule for Saturday 23 September you find underneath. The match schedule for the second and final day will depend on the results of the first competition day. The numbers one and two of each group qualify to play the semifinals and both finalist make it to the ECup Final Round.

09:00 Match A Association Korfbal Firminy (AKF) AZS Balluff Wrocław
10:00 Match B 1908 SZAC Budapest Edinburgh Mavericks
11:00 Match C SKK Dolphins Prievidza SG Pegasus Rommerscheid 1991 e. V.
12:00 Match D Kocaeli Universiteit Sport Club Cardiff City & Met Korfball Club
13:30 Match E SG Pegasus Rommerscheid 1991 e. V. AZS Balluff Wrocław
14:30 Match F Edinburgh Mavericks Kocaeli Universiteit Sport Club
15:30 Match G SKK Dolphins Prievidza Association Korfbal Firminy (AKF)
16:30 Match H Cardiff City & Met Korfball Club 1908 SZAC Budapest
18:00 Match I SKK Dolphins Prievidza AZS Balluff Wrocław
19:00 Match J Edinburgh Mavericks Cardiff City & Met Korfball Club
20:00 Match K SG Pegasus Rommerscheid 1991 e. V. Association Korfbal Firminy (AKF)
21:00 Match L Kocaeli Universiteit Sport Club 1908 SZAC Budapest

IKF ECUP 2018 1st Round: DAY 1 RESULTS (Saturday, 23rd)

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IKF ECUP 2018 1st Round: RANKING POOLS & DAY 2 SCHEDULE (Sunday, 24)

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IKF ECUP 2018 1st Round: FINAL RANKING POOLS & DAY 2 RESULTS (Sunday, 24)

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IKF ECUP 2018 1st Round: Day 1 Image gallery

Images by Theo van der Linde

The World Games: great opportunity for korfball

The World Games 2017 is around the corner! The 10th edition of the Games will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, 20–30 July 2017. More than 3,000 athletes from 31 sports and 111 countries will take part in the biggest sport event ever staged in Poland. The Korfball event will start 21 July and the finals will be played on 25 July.

The World Games are a big multi sports event and are a great opportunity to show korfball to a big crowd and accent the unique characteristics of the sport. This can be very helpful for the development of korfball in general and coming closer to the Olympic dream.

Former World Games sport Rugby made it to the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and Karate, Sport Climbing, Surfing and Baseball/Soft­ball will be present in Tokyo 2020. Earlier, The World Games sports Badminton, Triathlon and Taekwondo became Olympic sports in 2000 and Beach Volleyball in 1996. Dance Sport will be on the programme of the Youth Olympics 2018 as well as Karate and Sport Climbing. IWGA President José Perurena states it clear: “The World Games are a stepping stone to the Olympics.”

IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell says: “As we look for getting more flex­ibility into the programme of the Olympic Games in the future, certainly The World Games is one of the areas we are looking to observe, see the sports, see them per­formed at a very high level and with the best athletes in those sports. Obviously we are looking for sports that bring a real value to the programme.”

Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, has confirmed that he will be present at The World Games Opening Ceremony in Wroclaw on 20th July 2017. In his letter to IWGA President José Perurena, the IOC President states that he will also attend several sports events during his stay. It will not be the first time that Dr. Bach attends an Opening Ceremony of The World Games. He was also present at the opening of The World Games 2013 in Cali/ Colombia, together with Jacques Rogge, his predecessor in office. Thomas Bach was Vice President of the IOC at that time.

IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017

The IKF is proud to announce its first ever beach korfball tournament:  ‘IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017’! The event will take place in the weekend of 19 and 20 August 2017 and will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands. The organiser is the Royal Dutch Korfball Association (KNKV).

Beach korfball is already played in multiple countries in all continents around the world. It has a different lifestyle approach and is especially popular with the younger age groups. Therefore IKF is convinced that beach korfball helps to invest in the future of korfball. To point out this important role in development, the tournament in The Hague will consist both of a Senior and an Under 19 category.

With only four players needed to form a team, instead of eight in regular korfball, IKF is aiming to make it easier for national associations to initiate new korfball activities and reach new players. On the competition level IKF believes to create more equality between the teams and lower costs for national associations by having less athletes involved and using a short tournament format.

The venue of the tournament will be ‘The Hague Beach Stadium’. This unique accommodation is located directly on The Hague Beach and has all the necessary requirements for hosting a top beach sport event. The spectacular location at the waterside is perfect to host multiple side events and really involve korfball fans and visitors with the event. With the track record of the KNKV in organising events, the IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017 can only end up being a success!

More updated information on https://ikf.org/event/ikf-open-european-beach-korfball-championship-2

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