Korfball is a unique mixed team sport that men and women play together, with similarities to basketball, and handball, but very different. It's fast-moving and skillful, for players of all ages (we range from early 20s to 40s) and various abilities (no experience at all, to 15+ years), and it's competitive yet friendly.
Invented in Holland in 1903 it was introduced to Britain in the 1940s, and there have been Korfball clubs in Oxfordshire since 1983. Although Korfball is played worldwide, the world championships are still normally won by the Dutch.
A Korfball team consists of four men and four women. There are no set positions and everyone has to be able to defend and attack. The game is set up so that there is no advantage to being male or female, tall or short, stocky or slim - all that matters is your ability to co-operate with your teammates to get through the opposition’s defence.
The small print
The rules of Korfball aren't that complicated (beginners pick up the rules very quickly!), so here are a few basic things to start you off...
* The ball is similar to a football or a netball
* You score a point by shooting the ball through a basket
* The basket is set on a post 3.5m off the floor
* You can only shoot if you shake off your marker, but you can't run with the ball
* Each team consists of four men and four women, with half attacking and half defending
*Attackers and defenders swap roles after two goals.
If you want to know more, then the easiest thing is to come along to one of our training sessions where you will find us all trying to sound knowledgeable.
Korfball in Oxfordshire
The first Korfball played in the county was in 1983, when Oxford University Korfball Club was set up. We had to wait another nine years for the birth of Oxford City Korfball Club in 1992, and a further eight years before Abingdon Korfball Club was founded in 2000. Since then three more clubs have arrived: Oxford Brookes University Korfball Club (2001) and Didcot Dragons Korfball Club (2003). We have also welcomed Milton Keynes, Basingstoke, Reading and Buckingham as honorary members of the OKA, until such time as they can set up their own leagues.
The Oxfordshire Korfball League has been running since 1999, and in 2004/2005 had twelve teams. Previous winners have tended to come from the Oxford City and Abingdon first teams.
Thanks to the OKA website for the description above!
About Oxford Isis Korfball Club
Oxford Isis Korfball Club was set up in 2007 and is one of three Korfball Clubs in the city.
We compete in local league and cup competitions with clubs from the Thames Valley, as well as tournaments around the country.
The club has three teams, playing in leagues of various standards. We are always looking to recruit new players, whether you're completely new to Korfball or looking to get back into it having moved to Oxford from elsewhere.
Want to join us?
If you haven't played before, don't worry. All you need is the ability (or willingness) to run round a bit, some hand/eye coordination and some suitable footwear.
Training takes place on Monday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm at Rye St Antony Sports Hall, Franklin Road, Oxford, OX3 0BY.
All members train together, and sessions are taken by our coach or occasionally by more experienced members of the club, with an emphasis on creating an enjoyable, relaxed, but focused atmosphere. We train indoors, and occasionally outdoors in the summer months.
Your first four sessions are completely free, and we often head to a local pub afterwards, which isn't free, sadly. If you're keen to continue playing after your first four sessions, club membership costs £20 a month, with a 50% discount for students and the unemployed.
No experience is necessary, just bring along your sports kit, some water and your throwing arm and you're good to go.
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