Christmas came early for ten young members of Dundee Korfball Club, who received their SKA Level 1 Korfball Skills Awards on December 19, 2013. Some of the club’s youngsters have been playing regularly for the past 18 months – that’s longer than many of our adult players – and have stuck with the sport through thick and thin – with record highs and lows in the youth section’s attendance figures of 10 and 1!
To earn their awards, each player has successfully demonstrated all of the basic skills of korfball over a time course of several weeks to several months. The skills tested include passing and catching, marking and evading, shooting, defending, taking support positions and playing as part of a team. They also had to demonstrate good sporting behaviour, and generally help the coaches to run each session smoothly. Not all of the players can do all of these things perfectly all of the time, of course, but their coaches will be working to improve on that, and build them up to Level 2 in the future.