Are you ready for adventure?
Do you like a challenge?
Would you like to visit New Zealand, combining travel with korfball?
If so, we want to hear from you.
We want to give you a korfball adventure, helping us introduce our great sport to New Zealanders. In your adventure, you will meet plenty of locals in a totally different way to conventional tourists or backpackers.
Korfball Canterbury’s development programme is establishing korfball in schools in our region (see here Year 7/8 School Tournaments, here Secondary Schools), making excellent progress in the past four years.
Now we want to expand throughout the country, to develop into schools in other regions.
We have contacts at various schools throughout New Zealand, and want to work with them to develop korfball in as many towns as possible.
European coaches with experience coaching korfball to juniors have made a huge difference in Canterbury, and elsewhere in the South Island, enabling us to achieve excellent progress. We are now looking for more coaches. We have particular opportunities for anyone qualified as a physical education teacher, and also for students looking for an exciting internship. Our search is not limited though: we are interested in hearing from anyone with experience coaching korfball to young players.
Please note, if money is your motivation, this is not for you. This is an adventure. For anyone who accepts this challenge, our goal will be that you leave New Zealand with a smile on your face, and a whole lot of new friends.
If you are interested, we would love to hear from you. Please fill in and send the form on the right.
Opportunity awaits YOU in Korfball both on and off the court!
What is Korfball?
Korfball is the world's only truly mixed team sport, and was originally founded in The Netherlands in 1903. In the family of sports where the ball is played by hand, korfball teams consist of eight players: four male and four female.
The object of korfball is to elude your opponent and score through a basket (or korf) on a 3.5m post. Unlike most similar sports, the korf is set in from the end of the court, enabling shots to be taken from 360 degrees.
All-round skills are encouraged in korfball as all players are required to take on attacking and defensive roles throughout the game.
Korfball is different to any other sport on the planet. What drives us, and why should you want to BE INVOLVED?
Empowerment through Physical Development
Korfball enables individuals to develop competence in throwing, catching, shooting and general movement. Korfball will help grow self-confidence and is a wonderful physical and mental workout. It can be as social or competitive as you want: for those who aspire to the top level, and are prepared to work, korfball provides the opportunity to compete in regular international tournaments.
Empowerment through Teamwork
Korfball is a sport where ‘solo play’ has less value than ‘co-operation.’ Individual brilliance is welcome, although emphasis is placed on working with team mates to achieve your goals. And the team includes more than just the players: coaches, managers, administrators and supporters are all important to create a total and successful team.
Empowerment through Mental Challenge
Tactical awareness will enable you to play to your strengths and exploit your opponents’ weaknesses. Knowing the game, understanding your capabilities and being able to execute a plan become as important as physical and technical aptitude. Whether at social or international level, korfball’s mental component is a large part of its appeal.
Empowerment through Gender Equality
Korfball is the world’s only truly mixed team sport. For many its ideology holds its most powerful appeal. Designed to be inclusive, it actively and inherently promotes gender equality. To achieve korfball success, both genders must learn to effectively work together. By promoting equality within sport, korfball also serves as a model and offers lessons for gender equity in schools and wider society.
Empowerment through Enjoyment
Most importantly, korfball is fun! Enjoying korfball starts with having a great time playing a unique sport with friends. Anywhere in the world of korfball, you’ll meet like-minded people who love the fun and challenge of new experiences. Because of its unique social forum, many korfballers meet and form relationships through the sport. Romantic or otherwise, korfball is a perfect way to make new friends.
Korfball is a wonderfully unique sport. Even more than that, on court and off, it offers opportunities to learn and develop skills that will empower you in many areas of your life.
How To Be Involved
We are always looking for new people to join our unique sport either on or off the playing field.
Want to try playing Korfball?
Our premier competition runs during the winter at Ara Polytechnic. For more details and to find a team to join click Winter League.
Not interested in playing but still want to be immersed in the on-court action? What about giving coaching or refereeing a go! Full support will be provided to allow you to progress your skills in either of these areas.
Feel like a different challenge? How about joining the Korfball administration team! Korfball Canterbury is always on the hunt for new members to help support our board, manage teams and help promote Korfball in our region.
Contact the Korfball Canterbury board if you would like to know more about how you can be involved in Korfball.
Please contact the Korfball Canterbury board via our Contact page for further information or answers to those burning questions.
Name: Rob Smith
Age: Next question
Occupation: Communications consultant
Without Rob, Korfball would not exist in NZ. His passion for the sport continues to be the catalyst for the growth of Korfball in Canterbury and across the country.
How did you get introduced to Korfball?
First played in Cambridge, UK, in 1989 when I was there on OE with my partner, Ursula, who was studying at the time.
What has been your most memorable Korfball experience?
I have been to many international tournaments, which are a big highlight, though having other kiwis to enjoy them with always adds to the fun. Recruiting young people into korfball, teaching them the game, then watching them grow in it and with it is immensely satisfying.
What future goals do you have for Korfball?
For korfball to continue to grow, particularly in New Zealand, but also internationally, and for New Zealand to rise up the international rankings
What do you enjoy most about Korfball?
Making friends with a whole lot of good people.