Korfball Canterbury facilitates school development programmes and runs tournaments for schools in the Canterbury region
School Development Programmes
Our predominant focus is on schools with students in year seven and above. Children this age are capable of korfball’s various technical skills and strategic concepts, enjoy the challenge of something new, and appreciate the mixed gender dimension.
In 2015 and 2016 we provided introductory programmes at a number of local intermediate, full primary and high schools, giving many young people an opportunity to participate, including running indoor and outdoor tournaments attended by students from more than 20 schools.
Our standard programme provides three sessions per class to introduce the basics of korfball.
Our objective is to bring the most enthusiastic players together to compete in inter-school tournaments.
We have scheduled four inter-school tournaments for year seven and eight teams in 2017, one per term.
“The students at Hillmorton High School love korfball. It is included as part of the Year 11 Physical Education programme and it is great to have the support of Korfball Canterbury in implementing this. We ran korfball as the context for the achievement standards 1.3 and 1.6. The students picked up the game really quickly and enjoyed the competitive nature of the game.”
Physical Education teacher
Hillmorton High School
“Korfball has been an extremely beneficial and successful programme at our school over the past few years. The sport is a fantastic accompaniment to our invasion games unit and links very well with the Health and Physical Education Curriculum, in particular – Movement Skills, Positive Attitudes and the Key Competencies. Those students who have a passion for basketball and/or netball have particularly enjoyed learning about and playing the sport, as there are strong links with tactical elements and skill-sets. Being a co-educational school, the gender rules in korfball provide great opportunities for all of our students to challenge themselves and progress.”
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We also work with high schools who use korfball within the curriculum.
This is predominantly at NCEA Level One, where korfball can be applied to various different unit standards.
We assist by providing teachers and classes with a better understanding of our sport.
Our objective with these schools is also to facilitate school teams taking part in inter-school tournaments and competitions.
We have assisted a number of schools to purchase korfball equipment
We also provide professional development to give schools and teachers sufficient understanding of our sport so they can deliver it, either within or alongside the curriculum, with reduced ongoing involvement from Korfball Canterbury, enabling us to move on to establish korfball in other schools.
Youri Borrink is Korfball Canterbury’s Technical and Youth Development Director.
(see Youri's full bio here)
Youri’s role includes introducing our development programme to students in schools. We are always keen to hear from schools interested in having Youri assist in their korfball development.
Korfball Canterbury appreciates the assistance of the Kiwisport Initiative in providing our schools development programme.
If you are interested in introducing korfball at your school, we would love to hear from you.
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