Interviewee: Ella Gregg
Edited by Holly Barr
Korfball told us all about their sport, team and achievements so far this year…
- Tell us a bit about your Team.
Our team is a very sociable and friendly bunch. We have mixed gender teams that include 4 boys and 4 girls per team. There are very few sports that are mixed gendered. The game is similar to netball and basketball however you shoot into a ‘Korf’ (Dutch for basket) which is located in the middle the half and is 3.5m high. We have a strong 1st and 2nd team and we play in the Yorkshire League 1 & 2.
- How did you get into the sport?
Wanted to try a new sport at university, had always played netball, similar skills required, and my cousin played Korfball at UEA so was a word of mouth situation.
- How do you think being part of a sports team has changed your university experience?
I made friends with people similar to myself. It is nice to have another group of friends other than course mates and housemates. It was a good way to meet new people, even more so as its mixed gender and we socialise regularly, but also a way to release university stress!
- How would you advise someone interested in trying the sport for the first time?
Don’t hold back, nearly all our members had never played before university – you’ve just got to get stuck in and give it a go!
- What has been the best accomplishment for your team so far this year?
At BUCS weekend just past, we undoubtedly played the best Korfball we ever have (despite some unfair results and a poor ref) by having a very strong and consistent first team this year.
- How do you deal with multiple members at training?
With around 25-30 members this year, it isn’t too much of a challenge. Also as we are all good mates and respect one another so it isn’t too difficult to manage. Biggest challenge is to get people to stop chatting and listen – not a bad thing! We have a great coach for one of our training sessions (Nicky) which is a big help.
- If a key player is not attending training sessions, how do you deal with this?
We all have other commitments e.g. work/university/family, so missing the odd session isn’t a major issue. If someone is missing a lot of training sessions, then that person is spoken to by myself or another committee member to see if anything can be done to ensure they keep attending.
- If you had to choose, what is your biggest weakness or your teams’ biggest weakness?
We are really good mates and therefore if we don’t perform as well as we could then we feel like we have let our friends down. I think it’s difficult to leave what happens on the court sometimes and let it get you down.
- What do you believe is key in creating a winning team?
Communication, respect, commitment and hard work
- If you had to sum up your team in 3 words what would you decide?
Welcoming, fun and determined
Current Team Profile:
Yorkshire League 1: 5th Place
Yorkshire League 2: 3rd Place
If you would like to know more or how to join please contact the Athletic Union on firstname.lastname@example.org